I suppose that I was never known as a bad student...not even close. All throughout elementary school I did not receive a grade lower than an "A" and by the third grade I was the only child in my class with an eighth grade reading level. This academic success carried on into high school where I was always in advanced classes, received a perfect score on the writing section on the SAT exam, earned a score of 99 on my New York State Regents exam and went on to earn a full International Baccalaureate degree. This carried on into college where I was on the Dean's or President's list every semester. During my four years at Pratt Institute, where I studied Interior Design, I had many of my design projects archived by the school, had my thesis project selected to be featured at the 2011 Pratt Show and eventually earned my Bachelors of Fine Arts.
I know it looks as though I am bragging, but I am not telling you all of this to toot my own horn. I was in school for 18 years. I have achieved much academic success, and other than being able to use my creative liberty at Pratt, I didn't enjoy much of it. I love and have always been eager to learn; however, most teaching methods do not make learning very fun and wind up discouraging children from wanting to know more. I have had several years of experience tutoring my classmates in AutoCAD during my college years, and when I was in the twelfth grade in high school I was a NY State English Regents and SAT tutor for the students in the tenth and eleventh grades. My approach to tutoring is to find what makes each child tick, to learn what each child is passionate about and apply that passion towards learning. Once a child finds their preferred method for learning or what techniques and skills help them remember and learn more efficiently, the rest will come. Learning and achieving academic success does not need to be something a child sees as a chore but something they yearn to do and strive for. I want to help instill a sense of confidence in each child I tutor and help them realize their full potential and what they are capable of.
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