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Howard Gardner said, "It's not how smart you are...(it's) how you are smart." Gardner identified several distinct types of intelligence and thus created multiple intelligence theory. He posits that everyone has an intelligence profile made up of these distinct intelligences. His quote is powerful because: a) He goes on to show that schools largely cater to 2 of 8 types of intelligence. Students with other profiles are somewhat neglected. My hypothesis is that these students are often the ones seeking tutors! b) If you as a tutor can consider your own profile and that of your students, you can introduce more perspectives on your subject and draw on the strengths of your students. c) When you recognize the unique profile of your students, especially a profile unlike your own, you will probably develop even more respect for them. Students can feel your respect.

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