My name is Patrick. I am a graduate of Georgetown University where I earned my Bachelor's degree, as a Dean's List student, and double-majored in Government and Theater and Performance Studies. I actually first began tutoring ten years ago in high school at the request of my Spanish teacher who thought I would be good at helping my peers rise to their academic potential. It turns out that I was good at it, I enjoyed it immensely and I've been tutoring, coaching and mentoring off and on ever since in high schools, colleges and professional settings, as well as diverse low income neighborhoods in Middle and South America. I've also expanded and diversified my academic subject tutoring to include ESL/ESOL as well as life coaching in social skills and character development. I also specialize in teaching new technology to professionals.
I view the tutor/tutee relationship as a partnership based on mutual respect, honesty, trust and accountability. Results and exceptional achievement do not appear from thin air, but rather they are earned through practice, dedication, and a personal desire to do well. I understand that there are different styles of learning. Some students are visual, others are auditory, while still others are experiential. Some students have strong self-motivation, while others require significant support until their own achievements inspire them to strive even further.
Similarly, there are different styles of teaching. Primarily I believe in getting to know my pupils (and vice versa) in order to be able to craft interesting and worthwhile lesson plans that use method(s) of instruction that best match the learning style of each student. Assuming everything else is equal I believe in learning by doing through instruction, trial and error, and experiential understanding of not only that an answer is right or wrong, but more importantly why that is the case.
I will work hard for you, but you must also be willing to work hard for yourself.
In my spare time, I volunteer as the Treasurer for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A, a position I was privileged to be elected to in 2012. I also very much enjoy volunteering at the Washington Humane Society.
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