I remember the moment clearly even now: Mrs S., brandishing the loose-leaf pages in front of my fourth-grade classroom, her wild-eyed look at odds with her precise hair and immaculate apple-printed skirt. I remember how I had quietly slipped the papers into tray of finished homework, how I had felt somehow embarrassed by the inked words. I remember her words: "Julie is going to be a famous writer someday!" And I remember the feeling: elation, pride, and a stark wonder that someone believed in me this much. Now, years later--after a college degree in Creative Writing and a few published pieces in literary journals--I think back on the powerful impact that Mrs. S. had on my writing. I was an extraordinarily shy student. English had been my second language, and I had been shuffled through ESL classes all throughout my early elementary school years. But for me, English was not a hardship—it was a refuge. I lost myself in books, and found myself in paper and... read more
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I always felt that when you are tutoring, you have to inspire the person you are helping. If you can, they will then put out so much more effort to learn. Some students are hard to inspire because they have had bad learning experiences that made them dislike school or a particular subject. I understand how easy it is to lose interest in a subject as I have through sciences but when I met the right teacher, I was suddenly hooked and more focused than ever before. I try to do this whenever I tutor someone. So ask yourself. Can I inspire someone today? I am sure you can. We can be inspirations for education.
When I was taking business courses online with American Military University, the first course requirement was to read Learn More Now: Ten Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter, and Faster by Marcia Conner. The book breaks down the process of learning in an easy to understand way. This is more than a reading assignment, it is a journey of discovery. Discover your personal motivation for learning, what type of learner you are, study strategies, and how to think like a teacher. Conner includes tips for learning, details on how nutrition, exercise, senses, and scents affect focus. For example, the scent of peppermint could enhance focus during your next study session! You can pick up a copy at Amazon or search your local library.