My name is Tom and I am an electrical engineer (math minor) from Duke University. I grew up in Bethesda, MD and went to St. Albans for high school. I have actually been tutoring since I was at St. Albans. One of my teachers asked me if I could tutor her daughter in geometry. I worked as her tutor for two and a half years until I went to college. Since then, I have tutored various younger students and even my peers in math and music production. I mention my first student because she taught me a valuable lesson about education. While working with her, I watched her progress as a student and gradually become self sufficient at teaching herself. This change occurred as she not only mastered the subject material, but learned a good methodology for learning.
I believe that the majority of subjects, when explained in a straightforward, patient, and methodical way, become accessible to anyone who is willing to learn. Often, the reason why a subject is difficult for a student is that it fails to be presented in a straightforward or patient way in the classroom. By the time a student realizes he or she needs help with a subject, it is sometimes too late to catch up. Therefore, part of what I do as a tutor is ensure that my clients are comfortable with the fundamentals of their subject. I have found that when a student does not understand something, it isn't because the topic is confusing in and of itself, but instead that he or she missed some key topic further back that, if explained, would illuminate the current one.
One thing that I will not do as a tutor is do homework for clients. While I can certainly help with homework problems, doing them outright wouldn't get you anywhere or even be worth your time and money. I will instead teach how to think in order to solve the problems without help. That skill is valuable on tests anyways.
I list that I can help primarily with math and music related topics. While this is the case, I do have some experience explaining many common high school topics. That said, I wouldn't feel comfortable listing myself as a high school English tutor, but If I am already helping a client with one subject and he or she has a question or essay to write in another subject, I would be happy to help to the best of my ability.
I mentioned the fact that I am able to tutor in music production. I can teach the principles of sound engineering, music production, mixing, and mastering to anyone interested. I can also teach electronic music synthesis, sequencing, and arrangement.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I have to offer as a tutor. I look forward to being of service.
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