My tutoring experience spans a wide breadth of subjects, from the traditional (English as a Second Language) to the esoteric (Scottish Bag-piping instruction, in Spanish!). I have been tutoring or teaching since the fall of 2006, and during my six years of experience I have developed an understanding for what it is that excites me about teaching. I love sharing knowledge with others, whether it be how to splint a fractured wrist (I have taught numerous Wilderness First Aid courses) or how best to convey a complex idea in writing (editing roommates' essays throughout college).
Majoring in Philosophy at Stanford helped me develop my approach as an instructor - often times the best way to learn is by solving a problem for oneself. In my teaching, I try to ask questions first, thus engaging in a dialogue and only providing the answers if the student cannot arrive at them on his or her own. By teaching students how to ask the right kinds of questions, they become empowered to solve problems independently. I believe that a good teacher is one who instills in his students a thirst for knowledge and the ability to acquire that knowledge. Those are my goals as a tutor, regardless of what the subject may be - inspire a thirst for knowledge and empower the student in the search for that knowledge.
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