I'm a tutor who has had experience helping people of various ages and ability. My tutoring is effective enough that I am able to turn students who are seriously struggling around.
One of my students was a child who had difficulty focusing and working with tutors so many had given up on him. When I began working with him he was failing his class. By creating a structure which was specific and unique just for him, after observing his behavior, I was able to create a supportive and trusting working relationship with him. In just a month, his exam grades went from in the 50% area to in the high 80% area.
My secret is how I approach students. First, I don't see them as just students-- I see them as people. I am going to school for Marriage and Family therapy so I care deeply about my relationship with students. By paying attention to their personality and learning style, I can create more effective and personal teaching methods. I also create a strong teacher-student relationship which is key to getting students to invest in learning with me and feel comfortable working with me. This is why I am able to help students who have struggled with other tutors. Second, I care that they have a handle on the concepts and feel confident about approaching the material. Therefore, I will go above and beyond their assignments with my own questions to ensure they can answer things on their own. I will never assume that a student understands me right off the bat and am always willing to change the way I am presenting the information if necessary.
Lastly, I also was PSAT finalist, which means I scored in the top 99.9th percentile on the PSATS, scored an 800 in writing, 790 in verbal, and 700 in math on the SATs. This was done completely by self- study-- I never once took a course. This means that I know extremely well how to study for an exam like this and the effort, methods, and schedule necessary for my students to accomplish the same thing. I also am very experienced, as a result, in study skills.
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