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Not so long ago the goal of education was to shape the thinking of younger generations so that, with solid background knowledge, they could, in turn, add wisdom to the common store. Since reasoning, interpretative, and problem solving skills are needed across the spectrum, different disciplines were interwoven and 'classics' -that is, the common pool of knowledge that had proved valuable and fertile over time- highly respected and heavily studied. All that has changed, in a misguided effort to be more efficient and inclusive most of our school systems have metamorphosed from an educational -organic flow of information, attention to the development of main themes/ideas, anchored and exhaustive treatment- to a 'training' role where everything is fragmented, details -significant or not- abound while fundamentals lack, and shortcuts are taken at all times.
This is where I believe I can help as a tutor. I see my job as teaching you how to organize materials, cut the unnecessary details, focus on what's important and be able to use what you learned in that particular subject when working on other subjects. In a sense, my job is to put myself out of a job, for once I have shown you the road you'll be able to walk on it on your own.
K through 6th tutoring includes subjects for which I have already qualified. Contrarily to the 'politically correct' credo, I believe that in order to teach a subject you need to know the subject, not the latest methodological trend. Thus, although it is true in general that an Elementary School teacher cannot teach College courses because of lack of expertise, a University professor can certainly teach High, Junior High, and Elementary School. As a matter of fact, the advanced knowledge of his/her proper subject as well as general knowledge (after all in order to obtain a Ph. D. one has to go through the Master, Bachelor,...) can only improve the quality of instruction given. As for methods, if any of the fads that have been and are still plaguing our schools (elementary and not) had been successful, nobody would need tutors. After homeschooling my daughter, teaching for over 20 years at universities, tutoring elementary through college kids, I believe that I'm well qualified to take on the 5 to 11 group.
Over the past few years I have prepared numerous students to successfully take these exams. What I like about these tests is that they are knowledge based -more so in the old days than now- and the score is given as percentage. Of course, some subjectivity is to be espected in the 'soft' subjects that require free writing, but the scoring guidelines for the written parts are relatively thight so as to insure fairness. I very much enjoy being able to first assess and then resolve the problems any given student is facing in being successful. I cannot, of course, guaranty a 100%, but if you work with me you can be sure that you'll get results.
Fantastic Tutor. — I could not have gotten through this class without Toni... She is a far better teacher than the one teaching the Masters Class; Design Analysis at the College of Brockport. ...
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