Greetings! You have, through sheer virtue of your reading this document, decided to consider tutoring as an auxiliary means of learning, to which I applaud you. It is my firm belief, established through both observation and experience, that one-on-one teaching is an excellent (I would argue essential) way to bolster one's learning; for as much as the broad curricula of the day is expertly designed to fit the learning needs of the masses, it will, by nature, leave gaps in the micro-cognition of each student. This is where I and many others come in: to fill those gaps. For true mastery of a subject or field, I believe that having a teacher to take the time and effort with a student towards detailed learning can only, in time, prove beneficial in the grander understanding of a given topic. Every student (everyone, truly, for are we not all students?), in varying degrees of severity, learns differently, takes in the world around them differently, and manifests that information differently. No one teaching method could ever account for the infinite variable of personality and general humanness; hence the importance of one-on-one teaching. I take my position as a tutor seriously for this reason; I approach students with the understanding that they will not all be the same, and that each requires consideration for their respective characters, abilities, and desires. In short, I offer students a chance to learn above the common tide.
Belmont University - BA, English Literature
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that the learner/teacher relationship is of the utmost importance. If mastery and understanding are to be passed from one to another, open and prosperous means of interpersonal communication must first be established. Only then can detailed and fruitful learning and teaching commence.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
For opening sessions, my goal is to get an idea of who my student is, what topic(s) they would like to focus on, and what expectations they have of me. I try not to force initial instruction, but by the end of the first session, I try to have worked through at least an introduction to future projects, to gain an understanding of what teaching methods will and won't work with the prospective student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I show students my own methods for teaching and learning, with the intention of letting them know that my instruction, as well as any teacher's instruction, is a necessary entryway into further study using the methods they have observed in their teachers. I recommend exercises and activities they can engage in outside of formal learning, and show as best as I can the benefits and advantages of those independent methods.