To future students and parents:
in an effort to convey my methodology and motivations to be a tutor, I must first describe my own motivations to learn. The knowledge I have accumulated throughout my life has not been regurgitated for grades, but assimilated into my everyday life. Someone far wiser than myself once stated, "The unexamined life is not worth living," and my efforts to gain in the understanding of as many subjects as possible have proven invaluable. My major at university was Literature, yet a major reduces fours years of education into a simple title. I studied philosophy, both ancient and modern. I studied religion, both oriental and occidental. I studied science, both material and theoretical. In each subject one gains some insight, no matter how slight or profound, into their understanding of the mechanisms of the universe. I wish to convey the things I have learned to those who want to learn them as well.
After university, fortune smiled upon me, and I spent four years living in Europe. I had a strong background in the things I knew, but to discuss them from new perspectives everyday, and in languages I at first did not understand, further pushed my education forward. Learning my first foreign language opened me to a new realm of possibilities such as I never imagined. I thought more carefully about what I said and how I said it, and applied those same structures to how I speak my native tongue. I also learned a strong sense of pedagogy by teaching day-in, day-out, to students who did not come from my culture. While it was a challenge, the rewards were immense. Afterwards came France, and the French language. In pouring my efforts into becoming fluent in my third language, I came to understand the potential individuals have to far exceed their own expectations.
Not only did these experiences provide me with a strong linguistic foundation, but their individual cultures helped shape my tastes as well. I began to see common threads that coursed through history, ranging from artistic and philosophical movements to advances in physics and biology. In each place that I lived I strove to gleam something, anything, that I could use to help others understand the vital importance of learning. Upon my return to the United States last fall, I used these experiences I have described, along with the countless others I did not mention, to become a high school English teacher. While there were no positions available in that particular subject, I still felt the urge to educate, so I devoted myself to substitute teaching. I worked in four separate school districts in Massachusetts, each day in a new subject with new challenges.
Now, I wish to perpetuate the education that I have gained from the places I have been and the things I have seen to those who are currently learning them. Along the way the students and I will also learn things together, and benefit from our own unique experiences to create a dynamic learning environment, filled with positive re-enforcement and a chance to examine life.
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