Having worked towards a Ph.D in Educational Psychology, I am a firm believer in matching a student's learning style with the instructor/ tutor's teaching style. Through having taught at the college level and the high school level, I can readily assess how a student learns best, i.e., visual learner, tactile learner, or auditory or a combination of these learning styles. Once I determine the student's learning style, I can easily adapt my teaching style.
In addition, I raised three sons, as well as two step children, whom I love as my own: each as different in their learning styles as their personalities, which are reflected today in their adult careers and lives: one is a family man and CEO of a software company in Ohio; one is a confirmed bachelor and manager of a ski resort shop in South Lake Tahoe, who spends his time mountain biking, skiing and playing music in a band; the other is a graduate of a culinary arts school and an excellent sous chef; my step son holds a Masters in Supply Chain Management and is quite successful here in Michigan, and my step daughter is the international marketing director for a company down South.
One son also had learning difficulties, which stemmed from having been hit by a car as a young boy, so I know what it takes when cognitive loss is a factor.
In addition, being a father of a blended family of five, and grandfather of seven with another arriving soon, I understand children and teens and thus demonstrate patience, kindness and a sense of humor to help with any frustrations, angst or lack of confidence.
I am also an accomplished IFR private pilot, married over 21 years to a now retired high school teacher and love of my life and am a member of the American Legion, Toastmaster's International and an area church member. I am an enthusiastic life long learner and can help students feel good about their accomplishments and self-worth while teaching valuable learning skills while tutoring in keeping with a paraphrase of "Give others a fish, and they can eat once; teach them to fish, and they can feed themselves for a life time."
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