My primary goal as a teacher is to maximize student growth and improvment by simplyfing complex concepts and encouraging creative problem solving. Rather than requiring students adhere to some arbitrary process, if a student can develop their own methods that are reliable and efficient, I do not waste time making them learn to do it my way. Standardized tests, college professors, and the real world do not require such rigidity if it negatively impacts results.
The thing I find most enjoyable about working as a tutor is helping to catalyze "a-ha" moments in students. These come in two forms, one in which a concept or problem finally clicks after causing a student to struggle, and another in which a student is able to correctly parse out the details of a newly introduced concept using their previously acquired understanding. While both are equally rewarding, the latter instance indicates to me a greater level of student growth.
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Typically, when starting with a new student, I attempt to determine whether or not any of their interests can be used as a backdrop for whatever subject they may be having difficulties with. I follow this with a basic assessment up to and slightly beyond the level what I expect an average student of their age would be capable of to determine strengths and weaknesses so that I may plan around them.
I have one year of experience tutoring. During that time I:
•Worked as a general tutor for a special needs teenager.
•Assisted a special needs pre-teen with writing and grammar.
•Led two small essay-writing groups for a local home school organization.
•Prepared one young teenager for the math, reading, and writing portions of early college entrance tests, which he passed.
•Tutored a teenager struggling with pre-algebra and writing.
Additionally, I have two years of experience as a taekwondo instructor and currently operate a non-profit historical fencing club as the primary instructor.
Individual pricing is $25.00/hr in person or $18.00/hr online.
Group pricing is $40.00/hr in person.
I was first introduced to teacher while working as a martial arts instructor in high school, but began tutoring during my senior year of college.
I have worked will numerous types of students in an academic setting, with the youngest being about 10 years old. My typical age range has tended to be about 13-16, however.
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