Dreaming Elephants Tutoring stands out by teaching students that it is normal to fail, but it is not normal to allow your failure to define you. Dreaming Elephants Tutoring was founded on the principles of: perseverance, dedication and altruism. We teach our students to learn from their failures and keep studying, working until they succeed and then once they succeed, we encourage them to pursue teaching or guiding a fellow student who they see experiencing similar or the same struggles. After, all it's the Elephant way !.
One of my greatest joys is seeing my students achieve great feats after they were once labeled as failures(even those that labeled themselves). I enjoy most being able to attend the graduations of students who were once on the brink of dropping out of school. I enjoy most being able to attend college move in days for students who were on the brink of not applying for college because they did not think they measured up academically.
Most of all, I enjoy seeing my former students enter careers where they are directly responsible for the education and career advancements of other students. I have had students who have gone from academic probation and borderline dropouts(college and high school) to being public school educators. This is what pushes me most.
The customer service is excellent and the Tutor that was appointed to assist my son is patient and very knowledgeable.
With new students, it is important to get a good feel of their learning styles and problem solving strategies. To do this, I always have a pretest prepared for our first session together. This pretest gives me an opportunity to analyze how a student solves problems, and also gives us a starting point for our future sessions and my lesson plans.
Beyond the academic side of tutoring, I make sure to establish some type of connection with my students. This connection can be made via common sports teams, music tastes, traveling hobbies, etc. It is vital that students are not only capbable of being taught by you , but it is also important that they can relate to their educators and be comfortable during sessions.
I have my bachelors of science degree in Biology and Chemistry. This allows me to tutor students in the general English/Language Arts areas, in most Math areas including Calculus and Trigonometry and in most STEM areas at through College or undergraduate levels.
In addition, I have my Masters in Public Health, this degree allows me to tutor students in general Public Health/Courses as well as most social sciences courses through the college/undergraduate levels.
Beyond my degrees, I have received 4 years of active tutoring training from my undergraduate Advisor specifically in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy/Physiology. This allows me to not only be great at understanding the STEM areas but also allows me to be better at teaching those fields.
I began tutoring through my local church when I was about 15 or 16 years old. That work spread to my high school with me being hired to tutor fellow students, then from there I began to tutor students at every level of school that I completed. It ultimately grew out of a passion for helping my fellow students not fall behind while we were in High School, College and Graduate School together.
I have worked with students of all walks of life. I have had students who had excellent grades and I have tutored students who have been on the brink of dropping out of high school and college. I have tutored students from rich/wealthy families, and I have tutored students who lived in extreme southern poverty. I have worked with students who speak English natively and I have worked with students who speak English as a second language(Spanish natives).
In 2013, my last year of college one of the last full time tutoring assignments I would ever receive was Ms. M. Ms. M was a freshman at Voorhees facing academic probation and on the brink of losing a lot of financial aid(about 30% of her aid). She was frustrated with her professors, she did not understand a lot of the material, and it was clear that she came to college underprepared academically. To be honest, I felt very very sorry for Ms. M. There were times where I felt hopeless because she had been failed over and over by many academic institutions BEFORE coming to Voorhees College. To make a long story short, we tutored 2 hours a night for 3-5 nights a week, every week for 15 out of 16 weeks in that Spring Semester. She not only pulled up her F's and D's to A's, B's and C's but a week before thanksgiving of this year, I received a text message from Ms. M informing me that she was planning out her registration for her last semsester of her masters degree.
I met this young lady as a struggling freshmen in her second semester as a student on the brink of failing out of college and losing a third of her financial aid. 5 almost 6 years later and this former struggling student informs me that she is a few classes away from completing her Masters degree. This is why I tutor!
Do you due dilligence when pursuing a tutor. The cheaper price or the quickest availability often doesnt guarantee the best service or highest quality of tutoring. It is important for you to also find out before agreeing, what comes with the tutoring services.
Tutoring should allow you to learn a subject effectively enough that you won't have to always rely on that tutor. If you have to continue relying on the tutor and your understanding of a subject hasn't changed not one bit, then that is a sign to find a few tutor that better fits your learning needs.
I would first ask teachers/tutors about their experiences (good and bad) with that particular subject. This includes: How long have you been tutoring this subject ? Why do you tutor this subject ? What are some of your struggles tutoring this subject ?
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