I always had an interest in puzzles and language as a child and I chose to turn that interest into my specialization at the University of Delaware. I studied a number of foreign languages (Spanish, Italian, Latin, Japanese, and Russian) and linguistics while at the University but never strayed too far from my mathematical background from high school.
Although I have been away from my studies for a few years now, my love for language and the consistency of mathematics has never strayed too far. I currently am employed as an analyst and coordinator for an international company where I am able to use those skills on a regular basis. I also spend a bit of time at my job training my coworkers on how to use a number of databases that we work with as well as on the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Powerpoint, Excel, and Word.)
As far as tutoring is concerned, I like to employ the hands-on approach with anyone that I am teaching. I believe it is important to allow the person who is seeking to acquire this new skill or knowledge to emerse themself in it with supervision from the tutor at a distance. Obviously, the type of learning style will dictate how "far away" the tutor will be. Will the tutor explain first and then watch? Or will the tutor stand back while the learner gives it a shot -- only stepping in when an error has been made? I believe the situation and the person being taught will dictate how the learning will progress.
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