I love to help people in any way that I can. I have participated in community service since before I can remember. I have been on numerous service trips. In college, I joined a national co-ed service fraternity, and spent most of my free time participating in service activities. Service to others is my life, in every sense. I tutor because I really, truly want my students to do better. I majored...
I wanted to share something with everybody which seems obvious to me, but I'm not sure everyone is on the same page.
Have you ever had a terribly boring school teacher?
I bet you have because we all have at some point!
It doesn’t mean that these teachers are all uneducated in their subject, (although they might be…) it just means that either:
A. They aren’t...
I've been through a long journey with music, and have changed my style and genre focus according to what is fun for me. Music is my profession and my passion, so if I'm not absolutely loving it, why bother?
Here are my tips that make my tutoring fun!
1. ASK QUESTIONS! What does my student want to learn? What musicians do they admire? Who do they want to sound like...
My first blog post, coming during my first month of tutoring. I guess it is a time for firsts, huh?
Some general thoughts and reflections on my first student interactions and sessions...
First, the best students are eager students. A tutor can only do so much; we can plan and prepare, but the student has to be receptive. I'm lucky because the persons with whom...
Being a mentor means practicing patience and having an immense amount of responsibility. A mentor is someone that others can look up to and set an example from. Growing up, I often found mentors in my teachers. My favorite was a high school English teacher who taught me about creativity and was supportive of diversity and the unique qualities in each of his students. I will...
Okay, people, listen up.
"YOLO" is not just a pop culture fad. "YOLO" defines how I live on a daily basis.
Of course, this is not by ANY means, meant to serve as a justification of irrational and immoral actions, as some people like to pretend. "YOLO" or, "You Only Live Once", is rather a driving force...
I love to read. Reading takes you on all sorts of adventures and teaches you about the world around you. I could spend hours curled up with a good book.
But lately I have started to think about WHY I read.
Simply put, I read because it expands my knowledge, horizons, and especially my
Ben Johnson, a British philosopher (among other things), once said, "Language most...
A lot lately about how to make learning interesting. What is the "je ne sais quoi" that grabs a student's attention and gives them passion about a favorite subject?
Recently, I started a new position with a local plantation as a tour guide. It has caused me to reflect not only the information presented as, say, a teacher, tutor, or tour guide, but on how the material is presented...
WyzAnt has asked... "how do you keep a student motivated during summer months?"
My answer? Keep them learning without letting them know what's going on!
Even - to my chagrin - educational TV shows can be useful
What child would guess these things are actually part...
Did you know I don't just tutor in my spare time?
I am also a princess party host!
You're probably wondering what that is.
Long story short? I visit parties and other events in character as Rapunzel. I either run the party while I'm there or just hang out as part of the festivities. Of course, at all times I remain in character as the princess Rapunzel - long hair and all. It's great...
So far, as a WyzAnt tutor, I have had two different students. Both of them have been fairly long-term investments. They could not have been more dissimilar from each other! One was a high school graduate, just starting to take his own initiative. The other is an elementary school student who is bright but gets frustrated with herself easily. I consider myself very fortunate to have experienced...