I have many years' experience as a teacher and tutor. My five college degrees are in several different disciplines, and all are a result of my love of learning and of helping others to develop that same love in themselves.
Tutoring is in many ways the ideal situation for a student, because the tutor is able to tailor the curriculum precisely to the student's own particular needs. The first important thing about taking on a new student is the discovery not just of the student's (and, probably, his or her parents') goals but of how best the student learns. This may take the form of a conversation, more direct questions and answers, or perhaps even drawing pictures or playing games. Listening is, of course, vital for the student, but it is no less important for the tutor.
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