Any educational problem can be fixed, no matter how hard it seems.
There is hope.
Above the level of hope is competence.
I am referring here to the competence of a skilled tutor who has taken on hundreds of students over a fourteen-year period and turned each one of them into high-performing scholars.
When you have the knowledge, certainty and willingness to accept challenging students and get results 100% of the time, hope is no longer just a byword. It's reality.
I taught Math in five states and I have been providing tutoring for over fourteen years in the areas of Study Skills and Math.
I have found that there are very specific reasons why a student would have trouble studying. Knowing these and how to remedy them opens the door to real learning. I consider it vital for all my students to be able to study independently after the tutoring. This is an area that is generally neglected by modern education.
I have also found that continued student success depends heavily on parental involvement at the lower levels, while at the upper levels older students respond best when given motivation and study skills that enable them to learn without stress.
With the advent of the ubiquitous internet, students can now access knowledge at the touch of a button. Education in the twenty-first century must equip them with the ability to sift through tons of information and extract usable facts that can lead to successful innovations. Rote learning has to assume a subordinate role to extrapolation as critical reasoning skills are amplified. My tutoring approach seeks to increase curiosity and interest while challenging the students, at all times, to think for themselves. This results in students who can easily assimilate, evaluate and create knowledge. Most importantly, they learn how to excel in any academic environment and they easily master new and unfamiliar topics.
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