I work independently as a tutor. Initially, I worked as a teacher in Jamaica W.I. for 33 years; teaching students ages 3 - adult. My approach to tutoring is Student Centered: I assess them, identify appropriate teaching/learning material, plan and execute lessons in a pleasant, professional manner. I employ strategies that I've tested, and the results empowered my students to be successful in tasks being presented.
I am passionate about teaching because it helps me to make a worthwhile contribution to humanity. I am enthused when I facilitate my students to learn concepts that proved challenging, or were unfamiliar. I like to see the smiles on their faces, and the confidence they display when learning is evident. I really feel a sense of worth that I helped others to communicate better, and to use the knowledge, and skills to improve their lives.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
My typical process is as follows: 1. Introduction and questioning students about challenges faced.
2.Diagnostic Testing to ascertain level of student
3.Reviewing student performance on tests
4.Identify learning material, and teaching strategies to teach stressed concepts.
5. Present lesson in an interesting manner to ensure that student grasp concepts
6.Give student practice exercises
7.Correct work, review outcome with students, give suggestions relating improvement.
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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
30 years teacher training in Elementary Education.
Teacher's Developmental Seminars for ages 3- adult.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
The Introductory Lesson is free.
Subsequent lessons would be $40.00 per hour for adults......but $25.00 per hour for children.
How did you get started teaching?
I was a gifted student, my Grade 2 teacher had difficulty keeping me occupied with assignments, so she would give me 3 or 4 Slow Learners to teach them to spell.
What types of students have you worked with?
I've worked with the following types of student: normal, gifted, remedial, and students with special challenges.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Last week I was teaching my 5 year old cousin to do basic addition. She is generally very fidgety when her father helped her.
I got her to focus and learnt a method to do addition which was easy, and fun.Her father was surprised when he saw what she did.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I would encourage them to hire a teacher who is fond of the subject he/she teaches, keeps abreast of changes in their chosen subject area, is patient, and can help you to understand the lessons to be taught.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1.The teacher's level of competence.
2.The teacher's enthusiasm
3.The teacher's interest in the issues that they have.