Having a positive feeling toward a subject and anticipating success makes learning easier and faster. During our conversations about your class work, I will observe how you approach the material and its challenges. In other words, I figure out how you think. Once I understand your point of view, I focus on areas where you are having difficulty and help you conquer obstacles. That helps you feel less frustrated. With less stress, you will learn the subject more easily and begin to have fun with it. Soon, it will become almost automatic for you to progress at a faster rate, learn more, and get better grades. This may sound odd, but my goal is to get you to a point where you no longer need my help at all. From there on, you are on your way to happy, independent, self-directed learning.
As a professional teacher, I worked most with students from 5th grade through high school. In industries, I taught adult workers, but I enjoy working and learning with people of all ages. As an Electronics QC Testing Technician, my jobs often relied heavily on teaching test operators how machines had to be used properly, safely practices, preventative maintenance, plus how to keep records for tests. I taught them well because I relied on their record keeping when I compiled test result data for software and devices worth millions of dollars to the companies where we worked.
For courses in Life Sciences, an extensive Biology background has helped me for ten years while serving on the board of trustees of a national health charity. I have created and moderated several support groups online. There, we share information and teach each other. My particular value is in reading medical journals and accurately translating them into layman's vocabulary for ordinary patients to understand. One of the books I edited recently is about a complex human medical issue as well.
In English Composition and History, you may wish to benefit from my experience editing books and writing short stories. Over twenty years of experience as an avid participant in Living History events is a rich resource to draw upon as well. More than reading about it, I enjoy actually going out and "living" the way people lived 200 years ago with 100% authenticity. Moreover, I enjoy success as a researcher in early American history. This summer (2012), I located a lost letter written by Benjamin Franklin in 1775. It is now being used in the curriculum of US Constitution courses and as supportive evidence presented in Federal courts.
From all this, you can see that I offer a background that is varied, rich, broad, and rather long. Let's make learning fun and rewarding.
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