My role of tutor is best defined as facilitator, (one who provides the access to specific knowledge) and instructor (one who provides the keys to understanding the specific knowledge). In the online environment there is little else that can be done. Open the virtual door to the ‘classroom’ and provide the subject information, offer encouragement, show examples, nudge the students for questions and respond with a reply that will encourage the student to dig deeper and maybe even learn more about the topic. Repeat the cycle as many times as necessary to provide the assistance that each student requires.
The job of facilitator/instructor is not that of the traditional teacher that is forced by circumstances to chase learning into the heads of the students. The job of the facilitator/instructor is to provide the access to as much information as the student requires to achieve the level of knowledge required by the subject at hand.
I receive great personal satisfaction as a provider of information. I get excited when there is evidence of learning from the information that is provided. I do get frustrated when there is a refusal to attempt to learn. I get more involved with the student that WANTS to acquire the information provided, they are the real reason that we exist. The wise students use us willingly, and all students need us to willingly be there for them. I enjoy being there when there is a need.
I have a Master of Science in Management (Project Management)degree from Colorado Technical University, a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Religious Education from Liberty University and am currently working on a PhD Leadership from Tennessee Temple University with a projected graduation in December of 2013.
With tutoring the ability to effect change into a single mind at a time is very inviting. There are no real distractions and provided that the student is open to learn I believe that true learning can happen with more retention than in a more formal setting in a classroom or online.
I look forward to working with the variety of students that come through the tutoring aspect of education.
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