Through my experience teaching students from young children to adults, I've seen the importance of adapting to individual learning styles. I like to explain concepts to students in ways they can relate to and understand.
I started tutoring during my 10 years as a chemical patent examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and continued tutoring while earning my master's degree in counseling, both at tutoring centers as well as with private clients.
I am well-versed in chemistry (it was my undergraduate major at University of Arizona), physics through college introductory courses, math through calculus (including statistics and finance), computer usage (web search, statistics/math packages, MS Office) and beginning guitar and music theory, having played guitar for over 30 years, including playing in a stage band and as an accompanist for choir, playing in rock bands and solo singer/songwriter styles.
Tips for great tutoring sessions:
1. I expect students to do their own work for class. I will advise, encourage, explain, question, critique, and otherwise assist the student in understanding a topic, but the primary work must be the student’s own.
2. It is important for students to share any notes, handouts, or textbooks they have with me during our lesson so that I can understand what their teacher requires. Many times there are several correct ways to solve a problem, but a teacher may only give credit for use of the specific techniques he or she has taught.
3. In order to ensure a safe environment for learning, I require the presence of a second adult in the vicinity during lessons for all students of high school age or younger. This requirement is in keeping with similar policies followed by many churches and youth programs. If a parent or other responsible adult will be present in the home, I am happy to offer lessons at the home. In a latchkey situation where the student is home alone, the lessons should be held in a public place such as a library or coffee shop.
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