Patient, Knowledgeable, and Creative Tutor
Patient, Knowledgeable, and Creative Tutor
Though I have been teaching for many years, as a college professor (10 years), and as a private tutor (15 years), I still get excited by helping students reach their fullest potential. Learning comes through a teacher's deep knowledge of the material, creative lesson planning, patient instruction, and a persistent willingness to try almost anything to get something across. Students can be visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or combination learners. I switch from one teaching mode to another to...
Though I have been teaching for many years, as a college professor (10 years), and as a private tutor (15 years), I still get excited by helping students reach their fullest potential. Learning comes through a teacher's deep knowledge of the material, creative lesson planning, patient instruction, and a persistent willingness to try almost anything to get something across. Students can be visual, auditory, kinesthetic, or combination learners. I switch from one teaching mode to another to find whatever works bests for the student. Sometimes an analogy or question can clarify a murky math or grammar problem, or an anecdote can make history come alive for someone bored by names and dates.
I use technology extensively in my teaching. The textbook's website usually contains quizzes, chapter tests and other supplementary resources that students are usually unaware of. I share files with students through Google Drive of WyzAnt Resources. I text or email them to remind them of assignments. I use Quizlet, the on-line flashcard website - which has Google and IPhone apps - to build vocabulary, reinforce science or math concepts, or review history events and people.
I consider my knowledge, enthusiasm, patience and creativity my hallmark as a tutor. I know my current clients feel the same way.
Up to the challenge...and then some!
I posted in my initial search that my daughter had some social, emotional, and learning differences, as I wanted to be very up front that what a tutor might encounter in MY home would likely be quite different than what one might find in the home of a neuro-typical child who is actually self-motivated to learn or to improve her grade. Lisa responded to my ad immediately despite the issues I forewarned of, wanting to learn more about my daughter’s needs. Prepared for the worst, Lisa arrived the very next day, fully armed and up for the challenges she might be faced with. And I have to say, she COMPLETELY wowed me with her ability to make an instant connection with my daughter, build that rapport throughout the session, and to keep her focused on learning, despite her tendency to drift away. My daughter lasted at least 105 minutes of tutoring (absolutely unheard of for her!), had fun while doing so, and made some nice strides in her self esteem regarding her own belief that she in fact IS capable of learning this challenging material! Lisa had initially expressed concern (on the phone to me) about my description of my daughter “making snap judgments”, and Lisa warned me, “I’m a little bit grandmotherly—have you SEEN my profile photo? How will she respond to an older person?” (Typically an older person, AND a woman, would NOT be my daughter’s preference, but I was feeling a little bit desperate and I also couldn’t believe the good fortune that this ONE local tutor might be able to help my daughter pass BOTH Geometry AND French!) And boy, was I pleasantly surprised. This “grandma” had more energy, tolerance, and an innate ability to re-direct my often defiant, unfocused, and unfiltered daughter than most of her teachers and tutors have been able to do throughout her entire academic career. I can only hope the remaining tutoring sessions go 1/2 as well as the first session did. This particular grandma rocks, she totally “gets it”, and she makes learning fun.Amy, 1 lesson with Lisa
My first lesson went very well. I have been trying to self teach for many years. Within the first hour of our meeting I was able to clear up some confusion I've had for many years in regards to the use of my grammar. I look forward to future lessons with Lisa.Mike, 6 lessons with Lisa
Response time: 8 hours