I am a 26-year-old graduate student of English at John Carroll University who thrives on knowledge and is an advocate for education. I coached cross country and track at Capital High School in Charleston, West Virginia for four years (2006-2010), and this is where I found my passion for tutoring, guiding, and leading students. Alongside helping students achieve their academic goals, it is a true passion of mine to guide today's youth in a direction that helps them understand what it takes to set and achieve goals and truly understand the hard work required to be successful.
When working with students, I am a teacher first, a mentor second, and a friend third. My obligation is to work with students in the areas where they need work and help them achieve their academic goals (Teach). I am also there for the student to pass on my own experiences in education to help them understand what needs to be done outside of classroom, i.e. extra-curricular activities, volunteering, internships, clubs/sports, etc. And lastly, I also tell my students I will always lend an ear with any dilemma that vexes them, though my policy is if it hurts the student or others, I will immediately go to the parent. Also, if I feel a student is venting to me a situation that may lead to hurtful situations involving themselves or others, I will go to the parent.
When tutoring and mentoring, the most important aspect is to build trust. You need to trust I am knowledgeable in my area of expertise. I need to trust you will do the work. Most importantly, I look for ways to make learning fun, rather than a routine hum-drum experience. You learn more when you enjoy your studies. I hope I can make tutoring sessions both fun and worthwhile (with the worthwhile coming first!). There is nothing more important to life than learning, and regardless of age, learning never stops.
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