It is my ambition to ensure a that those students I am entrusted with leave these classrooms do so armed with a genuine and superior learning experience. Moreover, that they have completed their time taking a course or eventually graduating to a higher level, to ensure that they are prepared to be successful in the next stage of their life. I have worked one-one-one as a tutorwith the Matthew Dickey's Boys Club when I was a senior in high school. I interacted with students from grades 5-8. Furthermore and more recently - I was a tutor during my senior year of college at Iowa State University tutoring in both Anatomy & Physiology and Biochemistry. To this day I always say that was the most enjoyable and rewarding "job" I've ever had.
Everyone learns differently. I don't think its possible to have a "one size fits all" approach for each student. It also depends on the subject. While some put the major emphasis on sheer memorization (Anatomy & Physiology, History, etc.) others require you to learn, practice, and master a skill specifically to both the subject and the lesson within that subject that the student is currently being taught.
Learning can be hard. Memorization can be hard. Knowing how to determine the proper equation to use in a chemistry or math equation can be hard. What I focus on with my students is not simply telling them the information and how they should go about finding the right answer but, more importantly, why the answer they are choosing is correct. What that does is to force them to learn the actual skill and when to use a given equation or what a sign or symbol indicates in terms of the type of problem they are trying to solve.By doing this, I find, the student is able to get to the core of not simply stuffing equations, grammar terms, or scientific terminology in their heads and then unloading them on the test. By avoiding this, a student isn't simply a robot who digests information, spits it out and moves on to the next chapter or subject. Rather - and this is my main objective with each student - they understand why their answer is right.They LEARN.
An easy way to test this is when quizzing them and browsing their answers I ask them why and how they came to that conclusion. This is going beyond simple information cramming for test time and pushes the student to actual comprehend the information.
The manner in which each unique human being learns is not simply and exclusively, anatomical or genetic - environmental factors, emotional health, etc. are just as crucial. Thus, I don't think its possible nor advantageous to have a "one size fits all" approach for each student. It also depends on the subject. While some put the major emphasis on sheer memorization (Anatomy & Physiology, History, etc.) others require you to learn, practice, and master a skill specifically to both the subject and the lesson within that subject that the student is currently being taught. Knowing how to determine the proper equation to use in a chemistry or math equation can be hard.
This can be painstaking and long but I don't expect any different and it a reward that is unmatched when you get through to a student and you see the smile they're trying to hide when they come to the realization that they are making progress and and making tangible improvements.
A teacher exists because their student simply needs more personal attention than can be granted in their classroom full of their peers. Many students don't feel comfortable asking questions or fall through the cracks without their true academic potential having been reached. Ultimately, this is the most vital role a tutor can play in that students life and the most rewarding.
However, I am not exclusive to just simply the Sciences (biology, Chemistry) as I wrote all four years for the high school newspaper and write science driven health articles for an online fitness website. Thus, My background and appreciation for reading, and the written word would mesh well with those students struggling in those areas.
Being a personal trainer for nearly 20+ years instilled within me the ability to teach educational subjects to as well as how to in still confidence in individuals in excelling at something they previously lacked confidence in. This correlates well to the teaching/tutoring environment. More so, working in the photo department necessitates a great deal of teaching, multitasking, and more patience than any job I have ever held.
So the majority of the work I've excelled at involved teaching either one-on-one or in group settings and taught me how to handle difficult personalities. Most importantly, I grasped how to most effectively determine the most efficient route to reach this individual and truly guide them towards grasping the subject matter.
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