I have been involved in tutoring and teaching ages from Pre-K to adult education in math and basic science since 1998. I have enjoyed helping children of all ages see how math and science can be fun and easy to learn.
I taught for several years in a program called "Little Scientists," engaging Pre-K through Second Graders in basic science lessons through both instruction and hands-on involvement. Styling the lessons more like Mr. Wizard's World rather than a more contemporary "Bill Nye"-like program, I tried to focus on the children learning the vocabulary, hearing the theory, then finding out for themselves how it applies in the real world.
Most of my tutoring experience in college came from our local Salvation Army after-school program. My students ranged from Third to Sixth Grade, and subjects ranged from math and science to reading comprehension and grammar.
School teaching was in Sixth Grade, covering all subjects. My classes were students who were "middle of the road" or below in their grades, and were trying to get that extra boost to Honor Roll level.
While my philosophy does lean towards the value of memorization, I do attempt to help students achieve it through interactive work, mnemonic devices and repetition of application, rather than straight-forward "flashcard" style memorization, allowing students to both memorize the appropriate information and simultaneously learn how to interpret and manipulate the material they're learning.
I look forward to working with more students in the future and help them master the subjects they struggle with.
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