It was my first semester of college, my first class of the day--Human Anatomy, 7:30 AM--and my first test EVER. As I stared incredulously at the red "A" at the top of the page, my classmate nudged me. "Tutor me!" she hissed, tilting her paper sideways. I nodded and exchanged numbers with her. How was I to know what started that day?
I have spent my entire college career tutoring classmates, formally or informally, in various topics. In my third semester, I was recommended by a teacher to the Director of the campus Writing Center. There, I spent three years tutoring students of all levels of ability in written English. I worked on all kinds of projects, from grammar assignments to full-length research projects to resumes to personal letters. Eventually I completed all the requirements for national certification, and was certified at Master Level III by the CRLA, with over 80 hours' experience in face-to-face tutoring. I have worked one-on-one, with groups, and online.
I have also tutored classmates and friends in biology, math (algebra and trigonometry), spelling, and vocabulary. I believe that tutoring is not about being "good at" or "bad at" a topic--I believe it is about seeing information and concepts from a different angle, with the support and guidance of a patient, positive person who's been where you are and found a path through.
I believe that no two people learn any one concept in the same way. Every brain is different, and that's fascinating to me. Over the years, I've gained experience in helping people look at concepts from different angles, until eventually we find the way to unlock and master them. It's never quite the same twice. If you've tried it "the textbook way" and ended up with a headache; if you feel like you're drowning because "everyone else seems to get it;" if you've tried the same things over and over but somehow it isn't working--hit me up. Anyone can learn anything, given determination and support. We'll work together until it works.
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