While I take education and tutoring very seriously, I also believe that learning should be a pleasant and enjoyable experience. In short, I like to have fun while I teach and I want my students to have fun. We need to understand the material, but it doesn't need to be dull or depressing. I can even make diagramming sentences fun - and relate it to uses in the working world.
My tutoring approach involves meeting with the student and parents, if applicable, to discuss the student's needs and expectations. Once we have established those, we draw up a plan for achieving those goals. This stage is very interactive; I look to make the student a partner in the learning process and to realize that he or she holds great responsibility for success. Successful education is interactive.
I use a variety of tools that vary according to the needs of the student. Literature, for example, might require discussion. English grammar might require writing and discussing sentences and word choice. Geography maps, history picture and timelines, government diagrams and speech practice.
The needs of the student determine the tools used.
I have a very eclectic background. As an undergraduate I studied Speech, Theatre, History, English, Political Science and Math. I graduated at the top of my class. As a graduate student I studied Economics, Political Science, History, Literature and Sociology.
I was the captain of the Speech team as an undergraduate and I won many awards on the local and national level. I was also active in Toastmasters International, teaching and winning awards as well.
As a teacher, I have taught English, Math, Government, History, Geography, and Speech, among other disciplines. I have coached debate and individual speaking events. I taught English as a Second Language in Saudi Arabia. I have worked directly with teenagers from Vietnam and Liberia.
As a Scout leader with both Boy and Girl Scouts, I have learned that young people will take on some of the most difficult tasks if they can find in them something that they can relate to. My task was to help them find that; it works the same way with the tutoring process.
I have taught everywhere from elementary school classrooms to gun decks on US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf. I have taught all age groups from third-graders to adults. I believe that learning can be enjoyable.
We will work together. Everyone is different; everyone learns differently. My job is to help students find the best way for them to learn and and then to help them learn what they need.
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