I am a Naval Academy graduate, Aerospace Engineering, 12 years Naval service. I got out of the Navy in 1982, have been tutoring since 1984, and all my students have been successful. The relationship between student and teacher is one of Trust and Honor. My students enjoy my easy-going approach plus my dedication to their success.
In the classroom or one-on-one, I feel it is the responsibility of both student and tutor alike to develop mutual trust and respect. Successful teaching requires great effort and devotion, but I am always up to the task. The very first thing I do is put the student(s) at ease, knowing how traumatic it can be working with a tutor for the first time. I want to set the stage for the student to discover what his/her inherent gifts are, as I feel every student is uniquely gifted in some way. A school is a competitive environment, so the advantage of the tutoring scenario is the opportunity for the student to re-examine his/her strengths and weaknesses, rather than concentrate exclusively on class standing. Whether the student experiences success, failure, good news, or bad news, I the tutor am the supportive listener needed on the journey to achievement.
I have a personal teaching code which I have never violated. I never reveal anything about the student, the student's family or situation, or anything the student has revealed to me unless I have the student's permission to disclose it. I call it "Student-Teacher Privilege." I never criticize or belittle a student in any way, and I set the teaching environment so that the student feels inspired to fully explore his/her capabilities and ambitions. Consequently, I have never had what I would call a "bad" teaching experience. Students enjoy my teaching and my company. During my career I have turned frustrated students into happy achievers, ready to move forward into a fulfilling career. For example, 100% of my SAT Prep students get into their top choice colleges. I have been teaching SAT prep for 29 years, so I know how to prepare a student for that critical test and milestone. I know the secrets to a top score.
I am happy to provide references that include many satisfied students and their parents. I thank you for your consideration of my tutoring services.
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