I tutored throughout my high school years, both for the school and independently. I concentrated on math, science, and English, while tutoring for the school. This included teens ages 13 to 18. During these four years, I reinforced and retaught core classes such as Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Spanish I-III, Biology, English I-IV, and Geography. For the honors/advanced placement students, I helped them get further ahead of their classes by introducing new topics in their textbooks.
Similarly, I privately tutored middle school students in all core classes (including religion, where applicable). The biggest complaint among students was that their teacher didn't explain things "right" or that the information was "too much". I addressed these concerns by breaking down information into manageable sections. Also, I encouraged students to go through their textbooks and rewrite the main points in ways they can understand.
My style of tutoring is not based on memorization of facts, although that does play a part in learning concepts. Learning is more of trying to understand concepts and applying them in ways students can grasp and relate to them. Ultimately, this strategy helps students learn more.
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