I have had experience teaching subjects throughout my life, but only recently have I combined this spirit of education with the job title of a tutor. I believe I share an insight into the student's frustration because even though I am now able to explain concepts clearly, I too had a difficult learning. This is best exemplified by my experience in physics and learning to dance salsa. In high school I was fascinated with the physics course but did not perform well on the tests. I fell short of the grade needed to advance to AP, but I pleaded my teacher to recommend me for the higher level and I was given an exception. I finished the AP course with a solid A in the course, but I did so with much extra work by myself. I learned that one must expand past the requirements to do exceptional, and ended teaching myself most the topics. In my small undergraduate college I was introduced to salsa dancing my freshman year, but after the initial lessons I found no other place that offered classes. Through much determination I practiced, while also teaching myself the essentials. I eventually started a dance club at the college, and although I was only beginning to learn the dance, I taught groups of people. I not only had to learn new material for each lesson but also learn how to teach it in a simple form so that multiple could learn. My original club is still going strong, and I have been teaching salsa for over 8 years now.
So I consider myself to have a large amount of teaching insight and experience. This was proven in the last 6 months as I worked for a start-up tutoring company. All of my students have improved since I have taught them, most increasing two grades or up to the point where they may not need my help anymore. My goal is to help the students achieve independence by instilling confidence in themselves and their work. I want to give them something I never had in physics or salsa, a mentor who can guide them through the difficulties but has been in their same position.
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