I have been tutoring for two years now and I have found it very rewarding. I taught middle school English and Reading for five years and, although I miss this, I left it to pursue my writing career. Tutoring offers me the time I need to do this. I have a bachelor's degree in English, and I am certified to teach grades 6 through 12. I've tutored privately and I have tutored for Dade County Public Libraries in their SMART Program.
Although I now have more time for my writing, with tutoring I can still enjoy the satisfaction I got from my teaching, and it's even more exciting now that I can work one-on-one with students. As a teacher with an average class size of 35, it was much more difficult for any kind of personal help. This was frustrating.
But with tutoring I have the time. My approach to tutoring is, first, to be sure that the student understands the assignment he has been giving, or the work for which he needs to study. I guide the student when necessary, but give the time to discover things for himself. And since I am working one-on-one, I am able to use past experiences in our sessions to motivate him on future ones. For example: if a student has shown interest in reptiles, I have the opportunity to use this in the future, to write, say, a persuasive essay. I enjoy relating to students on what I have learned, and I always give positive reinforcement.
Thank you for your consideration.
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