I strongly believe that people learn what they are shown - if you've never seen something, then you can't be expected to apply it to your own life. That is they way that I tutor and the way that I coach (gymnastics).
Coming from a household where both parents were educators (dad is a PhD mathematician and mom a chemistry professor), education has always been important to me. My parents worked with me on a regular basis to ensure that I got additional teachings outside of the classroom so that I would always be prepared. I remember spending time watching them teach their students and mentally taking notes on their methods.
As a former elite and Division I athlete, I was coached by the very best (he was last year's Olympic team coach) and I coach how I was coached so my athletes understand that basics and strength are important. It's not about just getting it done, its about getting it done in the right way.
When I tutor, I think about they way my parents taught me - I like to use boards, quizzes, games and a wide variety of other methods depending on the student because no student learns in the same manner. I've been tutoring on and off for the last 8 years and it is an experience that I'm looking forward to continuing.
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