As far as education goes, my background is a blend of education mixed with reality. My college education is a combination of business and criminal justice, which led me to a career in law enforcement, and then a radical change to become a financial adviser and portfolio manager. (It's not as big a leap as you might think it is...)
Some students may not like this, but I believe in showing students their way simply by telling them what they need to know. The trouble is, that means I expect them to commit to actually learning material they need to know. For example, if you have a math test on your multiplication tables, don't expect me to read the tables to you. However, I WILL show you how to learn them.
I also believe that most everyone is smart deep down, and can learn very well if shown the material the right way. I've heard students say, "I'm bad at math" or "I don't get history", when what they really mean is "I don't feel I can do this well enough." My job is to fix that and to help a student succeed. All you need to do is WANT to succeed.
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