I took a buyout from the Boston Globe a few years ago and found I loved to teach!
Currently I am tutoring at a nationally known learning center, and my students are funny, smart and willing to work hard, an unbeatable combination.
Now I'd like to expand my nascent profession, by helping students reach (and exceed) their grade level, as well as helping with test preparation.
I've found that whatever the subject matter, teaching study skills and critical thinking are the two basic skills that will last a lifetime. They allow the student to want to come to their own conclusions. Because tutoring different from a classroom setting, I can take chances in teaching encouraging the freedom to think beyond the test, consider the opposite points of view, and encourage experimentation.
There's no secret formula to being a good teacher, as with all relationships, the key is finding motivation.
What's their passion? I recently read an essay where the student described his passion for making model airplanes. His father got him interested and now he's moved on to making all sorts of combat vehicles. What a surprise for me- and "old fashioned" hobby, one I was happy to see being practiced, and one that gave my student heaps of joy.
The key to being a good tutor is understanding how students receive information- reading, hearing, discussion? Context- At its height, The British Empire was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. How? Why?
I'd like students to leave every session wanting to come back.
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