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University of Bologna Bologna, Italy
Case Western Reserve University (PhD)
Not so long ago the goal of education was to shape the thinking of younger generations so that, with solid background knowledge, they could, in turn, add wisdom to the common store. Since reasoning, interpretative, and problem solving skills are needed across the spectrum, different disciplines were interwoven and 'classics' -that is, the common pool of knowledge that had proved valuable and fertile over time- highly respected and heavily studied. All that has changed, in a misguided effort to be more efficient and inclusive most of our school systems have metamorphosed from an educational -organic flow of information, attention to the development of main themes/ideas, anchored and exhaustive treatment- to a 'training' role where everything is fragmented, details -significant or not- abound while fundamentals lack, and shortcuts are taken at all times.
This is where I believe I can help as a tutor. I see my job as teaching you how to organize materials, cut the unnecessary details, focus on what's important and be able to use what you learned in that particular subject when working on other subjects. In a sense, my job is to put myself out of a job, for once I have shown you the road you'll be able to walk on it on your own. Not so long ago the goal of education was to shape the thinking of younger generations so that, with solid background knowledge, they could, in turn, add wisdom to the common store. Since reasoning, interpretative, and problem solving skills are needed across the spectrum, different disciplines were interwoven and '… Read more
Toni listened to us in terms of what our daughter needed to learn. She responded to our needs and helped our daughter in the areas of concern. She was very patient, helpful and encouraging.
Toni did a great job tutoring my granddaughter. She is very patient and makes sure that you understand the concept she is teaching. I would highly recommend Toni for any subject that needs to be taught.
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Toni was very patient and thorough in explaining in detail the concept of understanding each question. Her understanding of my son's need help him tremendously feeling comfortable and confident in Physics. Great instructor.
Toni O. helped my son with his SAT Critical Reading skills. He had taken the SAT twice but did not receive the score he wanted. Therefore, I looked to Toni O. to help him improve, and she helped him a lot! His score increased from by over 100 points on his third try! Clearly, Toni O. knew the right methods to help him succeed. I recommend Toni O. to any parent with a child who needs help.
I could not have gotten through this class without Toni... She is a far better teacher than the one teaching the Masters Class; Design Analysis at the College of Brockport.
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K through 6th tutoring includes subjects for which I have already qualified. Contrarily to the 'politically correct' credo, I believe that in order to teach a subject you need to know the subject, not the latest methodological trend. Thus, although it is true in general that an Elementary School teacher cannot teach College courses because of lack of expertise, a University professor can certainly teach High, Junior High, and Elementary School. As a matter of fact, the advanced knowledge of his/her proper subject as well as general knowledge (after all in order to obtain a Ph. D. one has to go through the Master, Bachelor,...) can only improve the quality of instruction given. As for methods, if any of the fads that have been and are still plaguing our schools (elementary and not) had been successful, nobody would need tutors. After homeschooling my daughter, teaching for over 20 years at universities, tutoring elementary through college kids, I believe that I'm well qualified to take on the 5 to 11 group.
Over the past few years I have prepared numerous students to successfully take these exams. What I like about these tests is that they are knowledge based -more so in the old days than now- and the score is given as percentage. Of course, some subjectivity is to be espected in the 'soft' subjects that require free writing, but the scoring guidelines for the written parts are relatively thight so as to insure fairness. I very much enjoy being able to first assess and then resolve the problems any given student is facing in being successful. I cannot, of course, guaranty a 100%, but if you work with me you can be sure that you'll get results.