I wish I had a dollar for every time someone told me, "You should've been a teacher!" Helping someone travel the road from utter frustration to "I did it!"... well, there's no greater sense of satisfaction to be had.
I must confess up-front that I'm new to the arena of professional tutoring, yet I believe I have the gift of being able to convey to others the knowledge I possess. Included in that confession is the fact that I don't know everything. But rest assured that, even if the material you need help with is a new horizon for me, I will know the topic inside-out before sitting down with anyone in a tutoring session.
I have earned a bachelor of science in biology, but always felt that English-related subjects (reading & writing) were my true strengths. And although I did a lot of substitute teaching for grades 6-12 years ago, such opportunities were typically nothing more than maintaining order in the classroom until the teacher returned the next day.
My teaching style is something that obviously deserves mention as well. Some instructors do very little instructing! They allow their pupil to wrestle with a problem or lesson to the point of despair, thinking that the more frustration - the more indelible the learning experience. I simply disagree with this philosophy, having been subjected to it myself, unfortunately. Challenges have their place, but never should they result in hopelessness. True learning is normally conceived within the context of repetition, patience, and encouragement. You or your child's questions will be answered as many times as necessary and belittlement is not in my vocabulary.
Don't be intimidated by tutors whose profiles make you wonder why they're not working for NASA or authoring books at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list. Choose a tutor you believe can impart knowledge.
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