I believe in interactive tutoring sessions. I have been teaching and tutoring English, Psychology and foreign languages since 1995. My greatest success with my tutees has come about through listening and appreciating their input and the integrity of their ideas.
My years as an undergraduate and graduate student at UC Berkeley and UC Davis stressed the Socratic method of teaching. That is, the instructor and the student constructively argued his or her points of view, while listening, appreciating, absorbing, and remaining open-minded to adversarial ideas. This is the method I choose for tutoring my students.
I have also lectured in seminars in English and American Literature at the University of Nevada, Reno. With a group of fewer than ten students, I always encouraged students to express their ideas, and emphasized the importance of originality in thinking as well as accuracy and logic in research methods.
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