Dear parents and students,
I'm currently an incoming junior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Currently, I study Finance and History at the Calloway School of Business and Undergraduate College. I enjoy flying, watching baseball, and playing the viola in the Wake Forest Symphony Orchestra. I have previously taught students from 3rd-8th grade.
My teaching methods are based on three general principles: conceptualizing material, paying attention to detail, and correcting mistakes.
Most educational materials in grade school (K-12) are based upon sets of standardized concepts that can be memorized and applied towards. For example, grammar is based on a set of English concepts, math is based in the realm of logic and reason, and basic writing can be formulated through paragraph structure. Therefore, students of these subjects can understand this material by visualizing concepts to facilitate the learning process. When I work with students, I often illustrate the basic structure of concepts to give students an understanding of what the educators want to see. For example, in an essay, I'll show a student how to give a concise description of his/her thoughts by creating an outline of the student's ideas. In math word problems, I'll draw pictures or relay mathematical principals that apply to the problems to help students envision their schoolwork through conceptualization.
Schoolwork can be tedious, and all students tend to make small errors in their work. These small mistakes can cause many to miss problems on multiple choice tests. Similarly, students can also make grammatical errors or errors that adversely impact the structure of essays. The key to eliminating these common mistakes is by paying attention to detail. I encourage all of my students to review and check their work whether they are looking over math or editing writing. Paying attention to small details is a skill that helps students improve upon their standardized test scores and schoolwork in general.
As humans, we are bound to err. By correcting our mistakes, we can learn to prevent these errors in the future. When students miss a problem, I often give them other problems similar to the ones that they miss in order to enforce or re-enforce a concept that needs to be understood for success.
I look forward to working with you to set and achieve your academic goals.
I will be available to teach from mid-May until the end of August in 2013.
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