I have been tutoring, teaching, and mentoring since 1984, and I have been highly successful. The relationship between student and teacher is one of Trust and Honor.
In the classroom or one-on-one, I feel it is the responsibility of both student and tutor alike to develop mutual trust and respect. Successful teaching requires great effort and devotion, but I am always up to the task. The very first thing I do is put the student(s) at ease, knowing how traumatic it can be working with a tutor for the first time. I want to set the stage for the student to discover what his/her inherent gifts are, as I feel every student is uniquely gifted in some way. A school is a competitive environment, so the advantage of the tutoring scenario is the opportunity for the student to re-examine his/her strengths and weaknesses, rather than concentrate exclusively on class standing. Whether the student experiences success, failure, good news, or bad news, I the tutor am the supportive listener needed on the journey to achievement.
I have a personal teaching code which I have never violated. I never reveal anything about the student, the student's family or situation, or anything the student has revealed to me unless I have the student's permission to disclose it. I call it "Student-Teacher Privilege." I never criticize or belittle a student in any way, and I set the teaching environment so that the student feels inspired to fully explore his/her capabilities and ambitions. Consequently, I have never had what I would call a "bad" teaching experience. Students enjoy my teaching and my company. During my career I have turned many frustrated students into happy achievers, ready to move forward into a fulfilling career. For example, during a four-year tutoring experience in Mount Vernon, VA, 100% of my SAT Prep students got into their top choice colleges. I have been teaching SAT prep for 28 years, so I know how to prepare a student for that critical test and milestone.
I am happy to provide references that include many satisfied students and their parents. I thank you for your consideration of my tutoring services.
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