I have been tutoring unofficially since third grade. Now over thirty, I can say with confidence that it is the one job in which I am most successful and most myself.
Tutoring is an act of observation. It succeeds where normal instruction fails because it is geared toward a student's particular strengths. My best experiences as a tutor have been with the students who needed me most, learning how they needed to learn.
Regarding my areas of expertise, as an undergraduate I was a teacher's assistant in English, German and Astronomy, a grader in Calculus and a tutor in Physics for scientists and engineers. I have continued to tutor Physics and Math ever since, including during my brief stint in the Santa Clara Teacher Credentialling program.
Though I never finished getting my teacher's credential for personal reasons, I do have a Livescan and 30-day substitute teaching permit on file with the California Office of Education.
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