Hello! My name is Joe and I am a recent BU student. While I was there, I studied Music and Language, including writing, literature, theory, performance, piano skills, Mandarin. I have done a lot of tutoring in the past and currently have a private studio of students. I am very comfortable in teaching environments and I spend a lot of time planning lessons, which leads to productive interactions with students and meaningful assignments. But the most important part of my teaching is that I am enthusiastic and comprehensive. I want students to love learning and I want to demonstrate to them how learning can improve their lives and how different subjects interact and depend on one another.
I give my students their assignments at the end of the previous lesson and try to incorporate a healthy variety of concepts into their daily routine. For example, in teaching ESL, I focus on the four major elements of a language: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Some days, we will work on speaking and writing in class (going over an essay together, for example) and then homework will be listening and reading. Some days it will be the opposite. A good variety leads to better engagement from the student and to a more effective learning environment More importantly, it helps the student to have fun!
I have been studying music for over 10 years and I have studied English and German for over 7 years. The experiences of music and language learning really shape how I am as a teacher. I have been exposed to many different teaching styles and classroom environments, and the most important thing that I have learned is that the teacher needs to adjust to the way the student learns. Many students learn in different ways, and the key to unlocking someone's potential is by finding out what methods are effective for their brain. I know students who love to contextualize what they learn, they like experiments and examples, or they love to learn vocabulary by reading books. I have other students who do really well with memorization and work well with lists and tests to help them study and evaluate themselves. As a teacher, the first thing that I do is find out how to help my students learn.
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