I believe that everyone has the right to equal education. However, not everyone learns the same way or at the same rate as others. I know that, language-wise, I learn without having anyone to teach me; I just pick up on the spot. However, when it comes to other subjects, like economics, I need extra help because it just doesn't make sense to me the way it makes sense to most people. I also need for the person teaching it to get into my mind, so to speak, to understand what it is I need explained. Most teachers and tutors apply the same techniques to teaching their students, without realizing that those techniques don't work for everyone.
I had an eye-opener as a student in the MA for TESOL program at Hunter College. I have heard various stories from my fellow students, some of whom were also ESL teachers at the same time. Some of the stories were about students who were being taught one particular language point throughout the semester, and still could not reproduce it at the end of the semester.
I can tutor ESL and English grammar. I believe in a holistic kind of education, in which what a student learns with me he or she also goes out and practices in real-life situations. Some of these real-life situations can be set up with the tutor, so the student has a chance to practice them before he goes out into the world. Learning means reviewing a particular point or structure over and over again; no one can remember or use something that the teacher or tutor mentioned just once and then forgot about.
I have a detailed understanding of English grammar and sentence structure. I can teach any student more than he or she will ever learn in school. I am open to any suggestions in teaching, if the student does not understand what he or she is learning.
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