This section is about me and my background, but since it is about tutoring, the first thing that needs to be said is that learning is about YOU, the learner. It is up to your teachers to help YOU so that you get where you need to be.
I have taught students of various ages in a variety of subject areas beginning with my own six children who home schooled through high school. I have tutored neighbor children, foster children, grandchildren, etc. Adult students have included EMT and nursing students, midwives, doctors and college students who needed a hand.
I am a doctor and a midwife with undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry and nursing. I write about a variety of topics and I have designed both coursework and examinations for many situations.
Each person, whatever their age, has a unique way of learning. I work with students individually even when I have groups of them because I believe that the relationship and chance to interact provide an important part of the learning experience particularly when the subject matter is difficult for the learner. Patience and discussion turn up lots of things as with the girl who was having trouble converting fractions to decimals. It was very apparent why when I realized that she was not sure how to do the long division and multiplication steps. We backed up and got it all in order in one session.
Each student deserves a thorough, gently structured education based on respect for his/her goals and approach to learning. I see a large part of my job to be knowing something about what the depth and breadth of the subject matter at hand can be so I can help the student find a place in it to start to understand and learn. I want change to occur that will stay with them so that they can use it both to make this class assignment stick for the test next week, and five years from now when it relates to something else they run across.
Whether you have a short term need to survive a particular subject, or a more involved tutoring situation, lets talk and see what we can find to put you on your path!
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