I'm a lifelong learner myself. I used to read the encyclopedia for the heck of it (pre-internet days). Now, I take classes to improve a specific skill set. I recently completed a course in Business Writing with Kaplan University. The old saying is true, "the more you know, the more you realize you don't know." I have over a decade of direct instruction with young people. I've taught elementary, middle and high school social studies courses.
A few things bring me joy when it comes to working with kids. One is when students get "it"; another is when they take "it" and run with "it"! Bringing out the natural learner in students is priceless! Another thing that brings me joy is when I run into former students in public and they express gratitude and thankfulness for teaching them not only about AP this or that, but about life.
I have taught world and US history, government and sociology. I have even trained fellow teachers and conducted school effectiveness analysis. My career in education has been in the classroom and behind the scenes, but most importantly it's been with the students' best interest in mind.
My approach to tutoring depends on the goal. If the goal is improved test scores, then I focus on organized and steady study sessions leading up to test day. This would entail mostly test day simulations, with timed practice tests and essays. If the goal is overall grade improvement, then I focus on study techniques, effective research methods and mastering material. The biggest key to any academic goal is breaking the task into smaller benchmarks and being consistent in preparation. This may mean weeks or months before the end of a quarter or test day.
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