At Grove City College, although majoring in English Secondary Education, I continued to foster my love of math and science, and thus took and passed the Praxis II in both of these subjects.
As a tutor, I have had great success collaborating with students to find instructional methods and means of approach which best fit their individual learning styles. I have experience tutoring gifted students, learning disabled students, and those battling lack of motivation. With each of these scenarios, students learned, not only to master the concepts, but the study skills and self-knowledge necessary to be able to approach and conquer new concepts independently.
I function under the firm belief that tutoring should work as an expanding framework. When the framework of a subject is too wide, my job is to determine the student's current skills and understanding, then establish a framework in which the student can find the answers independently--I do not give answers, I limit the problem to a level where the student can find the answers on his or her own. Then, I gradually expand this framework (providing fewer and fewer limits) until the student no longer needs assistance. In this manner, students experience what the education community refers to as the "gradual release of responsibility", ensuring that they don't just learn the material, but how to learn.
This "learning how to learn" is also accomplished through modeling; this is where I approach a problem in front of the student and verbalize my thought process and problem-solving skills as I find the answer. In this manner, the student is not only learning how to find the answer, but how to develop the critical thinking skills which can be transferred to other types of problems as well.
Through my patience and perseverance with students, I have seen students develop greater levels of the same--both in dealing with school and with people.
I can promise you that if you allow me the privilege of assisting you as parents in teaching your child, I will approach the responsibility with prayer and with utmost dedication. I will give my best. You will receive results.
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