Teaching: Experience Matters
Teaching has been something that I discovered that I loved to do relatively recently. I started teaching in college as a teaching assistant, but it wasn't until I started working as a MCAT instructor at Kaplan, Inc. that I really had an opportunity to put my own personality into my teaching. I had a tremendous amount of freedom in how I presented the material even though technically we were working from a script. I had to earn my students' respect, and show them that I was confident that the material I was teaching was what would help them achieve competitive test scores.
Although it was only the second class I'd taught, my supervisor recommended that I work for a program sponsored by Kaplan, UK. I was sent to Beirut, Lebanon for a chance to travel, one of my other passions, and teach to students from another culture. I had a very positive experience, and professionally the class helped me better understand how to teach to a diverse audience.
After coming back, I started working both as an online instructor for Kaplan, and as a private educational consultant with Top Test Prep. I have been able to apply the teaching techniques that I learned from teaching to large groups in smaller groups as well. Fundamentally what I've learned is that leading students through a string of examples ensures that they follow where you lead. Add in focused practice and you will be able to ensure that the student not only will be able to follow along with you today, but in the future they will be a self-sustained test-prep machine that can achieve their target scores.