Hello! I am a University of Georgia graduate with degrees in English and History, and since my graduation in 2011, I have tutored dozens of students, ranging in age from 8 to 40, in a variety of subjects, but most commonly in test prep. I have extensive experience teaching the SSAT, PSAT, SAT, and the GRE, and immensely enjoy defanging these intimidating tests for my students. Additionally, I've also taught English, history, grammar, reading, and writing to a variety of students of many ages, all of whom responded positively to my attempts at helping them. At one point in time, one of my students was an eight-year-old who needed help in understanding his required reading for school, and another one of my students was a 38-year-old man who was an established professional, but who also suffered from dyslexia and needed help learning how to read his emails faster. Another time, I was teaching a 7th grader how to write more concise, cogent essays, while tutoring his mother in the GRE at the same time. I've definitely had plenty of variety in my tutoring experience thus far, and look forward to having many more new and unique students.
I definitely see the necessity of my profession as a tutor; in classrooms packed with dozens of students, teachers often cannot devote the necessary time to individual students to help them with the particular questions and problems they encounter in their studies. Students also cannot help but compare themselves with their peers around them, and often become discouraged when they cannot seem to understand what so many people around them appear to grasp in an instant.
This problem of student discouragement is a serious one, because learning starts with motivation; students will not be motivated to learn in an environment where they feel overwhelmed, scared, or unintelligent.
That's where tutoring comes in. I've found that the best way for anyone to learn is by meeting with a teacher one-on-one. I was fortunate enough to study for three months in Oxford, England in 2010, and during those three months I learned more than I ever have at any other time. More importantly, I was energized and excited by my experience, and my self-confidence rose tremendously.
The secret was the format of the education in Oxford. There, professors meet with their students one-on-one, and thus the students receive a uniquely personal education, tailored specifically to their particular needs. There were no massive classrooms full of forty or fifty kids who all have different educational needs; there was no comparing yourself to your peers; there was no discouragement when a teacher was not available to meet.
No - the personalized education I received at Oxford boiled down to only two elements: my own desire to learn, and my professor's desire to teach me. Both are essential elements to any teacher-student relationship.
For my own part, I am passionate about my subject areas in particular, and education in general, and am eager to take on new students who want to learn. I am a relaxed, happy person who will put students at ease, but I also have lots of energy that will kick-start students into getting excited about their subjects. I read and write every day, and am preparing a collection of my short stories for publication. I also write and perform for a comedy group in Athens, and play in a local rock and roll band. I like to have fun, but I also recognize that discipline and hard work are essential to personal well-being, especially in school.
Knowledge is power, and indeed, as Benjamin Franklin said, "Knowledge pays the best interest."
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