I believe I have been successful not only because of my knowledge of the subject areas but because I am able to establish quick rapport with the student and assess an individualized plan of instruction, but with constant modifications with the flow of the tutoring. I assess how the student learns best and tailor my tutoring to his/her learning style. For success, fostering a change in attitude will lead to improvement in the student’s skills.
**MOST importantly, it is up to the student to apply and implement my teaching into their school homework or my written assignments. How much they improve is completely dependent on how much effort they put into it, the willingness to be patient with themselves and push beyond.
I use the INSPIRE method of teaching for tutors and tutees (technical name for students of tutors):
Characteristics and behaviors of expert tutors:
Online Tutoring Method/Description:
With your student(s), we would use whatever video chat or platform they prefer: FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Meet, which as you know are all free with Wifi. Then we would use a variety of interactive applications like Google Docs where the students and I are able to both see and edit in real time and OneNote which the students use for their school work. I also use worksheets and other written materials as explained in creating individualized curriculum in the "About Me" tab.
I stress to parents and students that no matter what field they decide to pursue in the future, they must be able to write well. It is never too early to think ahead in students' academic and professional pursuits.
The process of learning to write well is a long and arduous journey. It takes many years to hone the craft of writing. It starts with the fundamentals in grade school through middle school, then through writing at a high school level and finally in college. Learning verbal articulation is also crucial for academic success.
It is a lifetime that students, and then upon graduation, adults, who are stepping into the workforce, must continue to utilize their writing and verbal skills.
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