Throughout my life I have enjoyed a varied array of teaching and tutoring experiences: I first taught swimming lessons when I was 13, later tutored other students in high school and college, worked as a Teaching Assistant in graduate school, taught English Composition at the College of Southern Maryland, and now work part-time at the American College of Commerce and Technology, where I teach and tutor English as a Second Language students of all ages and abilities. I have worked as a volunteer at a shelter in the DC area, helping domestic violence survivors write resumes and cover letters. I also have volunteered in rural Thailand, tutoring students ages 6-12. The one constant in all of my experiences is that I have never enjoyed anything more than teaching and tutoring.
I have never thought that a teacher's or a tutor's only responsibility is to lecture, give out worksheets, and grade papers. While these activities can be helpful, I believe that it is equally important to interact and work with students to find how they learn best and then provide appropriate lessons and materials.
For example, I have several different ways to help students improve their vocabularies. Some students prefer to write lists of words and definitions. Other students learn better by playing vocabulary hangman, vocabulary bingo, or even charades. Most of my students enjoy learning through a combination of techniques. I create and provide (for no extra charge) all materials students need to meet their educational and professional goals. In addition to working with students on reading, writing, speaking, history, civics, and many other fields, I also always help students (if they want to) prepare resumes and cover letters and practice job interview techniques.
Appreciating that different students learn in different ways ensures that every student I tutor is engaged and invested in learning - not just memorizing facts, but also understanding and appreciating how what they are learning directly applies to their goals and plans for the future.
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