My name is Debbi. I grew up in a household where precise, concise, effective communications was key. I learned to prepare outlines by the second grade (my mother had degrees in English and was a speech therapist) and I learned to perform research using the library Dewy Decimal system (my father was a civil rights attorney so we spent lots of time in libraries). These days I use the Internet to conduct research.
I have tutored several students in writing reports and in doing science fair projects. I have had "repeat" students over the years. They always received good grades on the writing projects and won several awards for the science fair projects.
I believe that the ability to speak and write properly is critical to success in school as well as in business. I tutor by engaging the student in exploring the subject matter, and helping the student organize thoughts into a cohesive presentation. I believe in using whatever technique works to engage students. For example, I tutored a young man who resisted learning to read because he felt defeated. By pure coincidence, I discovered that he liked comic book characters. Being an avid comic collector, I brought him some Spiderman comics. We sat down and started going through them. In no time, he was reading like a champ!
The foregoing is just one of my success stories in tutoring children. I helped another young man do a science fair project. He was concerned about his mother's smoking habit. He wanted to try and convince her to stop smoking. We researched and found a company that made a small smoking machine that smoked cigarettes and deposited tar and nicotine on to a small patch. He compared the amount of tar and nicotine left by menthol cigarettes and non-menthol cigarettes. The project won a first place prize and went on to the state-wide science fair. (His mother still smokes, though, and we continue to try and get her to stop!)
My background in psychology and law lends itself to tutoring. As a psychology student, I learned to listen -- listening is an all important quality in teaching any subject matter. As a law student, I learned to explain the law -- explaining is also a critical element in teaching any subject matter. By both listening and explaining, I enable students to both express themselves and focus on the task at hand.
In closing, let me say that there is no joy greater than watching someone succeed in their studies. It gives me hope for the future of our country as I believe that today's students are tomorrow's leaders.
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