At the end of my first year of teaching, one of my students who had particularly struggled with chemistry said to me. "Thank you for not giving up on me." This particular student had autism, and had been placed into a regular chemistry course. The first semester was very, very tough. His study skills needed a lot of work, and he could not solve chemistry problems without double-checking to see if he was right for every step of every problem.
He came twice a week after school for one-on-one help with me, and gradually we worked at learning how to use resources such as class notes and study guides that I made for the class, at how to compare problems to examples we had already solved. He went from barely passing to having a solid C in my course by the second semester, and he was able to maintain his average the rest of the year. His test scores drastically improved, and by the end of the year, was so independent and self-guided, that he only required me to confirm that he had solved the problem correctly.
This attitude of determination and working to meet students needs while still teaching the content material is at the core of my philosophy of teaching. I work at problem-solving methodology, helping students to break things down and develop the critical thinking skills to apply and extrapolate what they've learned.
I have experience with a working with students who have a variety of learning and behavioral disorders, as well as with students who are very gifted, and i have experience with students of all ages. I am a dedicated and responsible tutor, committed to meeting your needs and helping you to the best of my ability.
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