I am a Junior Theatre Design and Technology major at the University of the Arts focusing in set design and scenic painting. I also tutor through the university during the school year for the scene and lighting technology class. I teach students vocabulary, knot tying, exam preparation methods, and certain equations having to do with carpentry and electricity. Although I am in college for art, I also work very well with children. I grew up in a big family full of children, and even taught my niece how to multiply.
For elementary school students, I recognize that each student has a different way of learning. Once I see the way a student understands things, I gear my tutoring sessions towards explaining the material in a way they can best understand it. For example, some students absorb material better when they visualize what they are learning, so I draw little doodles to help explain the idea. I also use a lot of mnemonic devices to help students remember vocabulary that they may be having trouble with. I always make sure that each student leaves the session with a sense of accomplishment and a better understanding of the material that we covered.
For art students, I teach by showing examples, and then having the student work on their own. Many aspects of art require practice, but the student needs to be shown the methods before they can practice, so they know what to do. I also let the student explore on their own because there are usually very many ways of doing something to get the same results. By exploring, the student can find the methods they are most comfortable with, to generate the best outcome.
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