I have taught and tutored at the collegiate level for several years, as well as in corporate settings. There always comes a time when the light goes on for the student and "THEY GET IT." That's why one chooses to teach/tutor. It's wonderful for the teacher and the student.
As to the tutorial experience and approach: First you must know the subject material cold. Two college degrees - BSIE, Univ. Ok, 1969 and MBA, Univ of Ok.,1981 - and 10 years of teaching and tutoring have that those bases covered. More often than not, this is just not enough. Finding out the real stumbling blocks is the key. Peer pressure? Bad previous teacher interaction? Previously told something like "You're no good at math!"? Or any number of other possible issues. It is not just the subject matter in question. More importantly, the focus should be about the total student, not just the subject matter. Let's all work together to solve these issues and improve those grades and raise that self esteem.
back to top