I would like to start with a little introduction about myself. I am an individual who has dedicated his life to learning and expanding my knowledge. Anything and everything I could learn I delved into. My greatest passion in life has been to absorb as much information as possible. From this I have expanded to my second greatest passion, which is to share as much of that knowledge as I can with others. I get sheer joy from teaching others. I have tutored for about 6 years, sometimes without pay, simply because I enjoyed it so much. I even was able to get a position as a lab instructor during my senior year of college. To me, tutoring is about putting oneself out of a job because I would no longer be needed.
Over the time I have tutored I have tried to develop multiple teaching methods so that I may mold my style to the student in order to best help them improve in the subject matter. I ask questions and provide tools so that my students may have the opportunity to work through a problem on their own. I am happy to guide them through struggles and add to what they know to help fill in gaps that may be a result of something needing to be explained differently. If something is frustrating for a student I will go out of my way to alleviate the frustration and bring enlightenment. All questions are good questions and repeat questions are an indication that I need to switch my tactics.
As I said, I have tutored for 6 years. Most of that time was spent tutoring chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In chemistry I have tutored general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry at the college level. I use to work over 20+ a week for two years tutoring these subjects both through departments at the the school and on my own free time. My experience in the subject matter comes from having a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with American Chemical Society Certification and some coursework in graduate school. I received a 4.0 GPA within my chemistry courses, in which most I was top of my class, and was given the privilege to TA for General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry Labs as well as being an instructor for 2 semester for the Introductory Chemistry course for nursing students. I have also participated in hosting several events geared towards helping youth expand in sciences including a high school chemistry competition, a youth science day, and a Boy Scout workshop where we aided in them acquiring science badges. In physics I have tutored in areas involving kinematics, energy, electricity, magnetism, light, and lenses at the college level. I have experience stemming from a Minor in Physics I received during my undergraduate where I took calculus based physics courses (and a history of physics course) and was top of my class in those. My tutoring of mathematics has primarily resulted from the need to have advanced math skills in chemistry and physics.
Some of the areas that I have tutored in but to a lesser degree are the clarinet and throwing in track and field. I played the clarinet for 8 years during which I maintained first chair for a significant amount of time, was section leader in high school, and a member of the band council. In track and field I was reputed for having impeccable technique as I am not the most physically able person but through proper technique was able to perform as one of our team's better throwers.
When it comes to my style of tutoring, I like to focus on my students learning habits. I will start initially the first day doing a brief overview of the subject matter to get a feel for the areas that the student is struggling in most heavily, to allow for questioning to help my learn how to teach the individual, and for the student to get familiar with me to help break the ice. From there I construct each lesson to build up the weak points in the students education while utilizing the strong points to help ensure those are maintained. Each lesson will build off of previous lessons so that the tools learned previously are reinforced to ensure retention. The format of the lesson will depend on learning style. Visual aids will be used as well as auditory and examples but the degree of each will be adjusted to fit the needs of the student. I will have multiple examples as well as explanations for each lesson and question so as to ensure that I can profess the information to the student in an optimal fashion.
I have tried to improve as much as I can as a tutor. During my undergraduate work, I built as best of a reputation as I could as a stellar tutor. Some of the students I tutored and others who can corroborate for my tutoring abilities are still at Missouri Western State University. My fiance' was at one time one of my students even.
I look forward to any and all styles of learning and love to take on challenges.
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