First thing you need to know: I love to help people learn.
I have 15 years of experience as a teacher, tutor, adult education program manager and tutor trainer. My specialty is adult basic education (adult literacy, GED, college readiness) but I also love working with kids and teens. I'm currently working on my Masters Degree in adult learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. So yes, I've got plenty of practical experience and formal training in educating.
But what I've also got is heart.. empathy... and understanding.
I believe that learning is about the whole person. The important thing to me is seeing how what you learn helps you grow. Even if you are struggling with a difficult and dreaded subject, I try to show how you can be successful and feel good about your learning. My favorite moments are when I am helping someone who has been feeling stuck a new way to understand. The light bulb goes on. The frustration lifts. A smile comes back. That feeling is the reason I teach.
My approach is relaxed, but not slack. I like to have fun with learning, but I also recognize the importance of meeting goals and getting results. My students tell me I'm able to explain things well. I'm also good at helping people examine their study habits and suggesting ways to improve them. With me, it's not so much about cramming information into your memory. My tutoring is more about the process. I know how it feels to be discouraged academically and I know what it takes to get good at learning.
I'm also flexible. I've mastered the basics in a lot of subjects from reading and writing to science and math. I have done plenty of test prep (mostly GED, but also SAT, ACT, and GRE) though I prefer to make it about more than just passing the test. I know how important it is to achieve success on tests and in grades, but learning is so much more than just a passing score or report card. So whatever subject you need help with, I will always take a personal approach with your longterm goals in mind.
Just so you know, my hourly rate is negotiable to a degree. Travel time will make a difference, however.
Thanks for reading this. Good luck, and if you are ready to get the learning process started, I hope I'll hear from you.
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