I cant say it enough that learning how to learn is one of the greatest skills anyone can have. Its why I advocate that everyone go to college. I love being challenged and defending my positions and, when Im wrong, learning from the exchange. It makes me smarter and better.
Mark Cuban in Bloomberg Business Week, September 19 - 25, 2016, page 35.
People learn things every day, though often it may be an unconscious process. After we do something or meet others, the result or the interaction is checked against what we already know to either confirm it or modify it.
Tutoring makes the process intentional. Two kinds of learning are taking place during the encounter between a tutor and the tutee/student: 1) WHAT the subject or content of the information being studied; and 2) HOW the process of exploring information, asking questions, making hypotheses about what might happen, and assessing what worked and didnt work. BOTH are important.
As a teacher or tutor, I believe it is equally important to facilitate the development of a mindset of curiosity and the tools to find information and put it together in a way to answer that which intrigues one, as it is to ensure that the student develops a mastery of the subject matter.
So I do not give answers: I ask guiding questions.
I lead each student through a process where he or she discovers step-by-step how to approach the task at hand in a way that taps into what he or she already knows so that he or she can build on that and grow his or her knowledge. In this way I am also modeling how the student could approach learning on his or her own. Of course, each success along the way is met with encouragement and recognition, Good, Yes, Exactly, Well done!
This approach also builds a students confidence, and his or her self-reliance. Each student experiences success because he or she slowly masters material, but also because he or she begins to recognize that he or she already has the answers to many tasks - it is merely a matter of recalling them and putting them together in a way that is helpful to the situation at hand.
A bit about me personally:
I earned an MA in Education specializing in teaching English-as-a-Second-Language and Bilingual Literacy. I am a native English speaker, though I can converse comfortably in Spanish, and stumble through some French (my first second language ages ago) and German (after living and teaching in Vienna, Austria for a year).
I believe literacy reading and writing are gateway skills. By that I mean that when someone can read critically he or she has the keys to a lifetime of learning. When someone can write well (i.e., organizing and structuring information to support a point of view), he or she then has the means to work out arguments and the basis for communicating effectively with others.
My BA is in Film, with a minor in Economics. I initially thought I would pursue graduate studies in Economics, so as a grad student I taught a course in Macroeconomics and a lecture section of Intro to Government.
I moved to this area (Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties) because I was pursuing a PhD in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Along with teaching, I have worked in the field of Mental Health and Addictions (Behavioral Health) for almost two decades. I am a certified addictions counselor and have conducted trainings for clinicians and other providers for almost a decade, often at large conferences. However, I am inclined to view someone experiencing these types of challenges with the utmost care and compassion, seeking a way to connect with them to bring out the natural learner inside.
My two children are in their twenties. My daughter works in the audit department of a major bank, having earned her CPA at 25. She also writes a popular style blog. My son recently graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Performance and Composition. He plays jazz piano, and composes and produces music in a variety of genres using Ableton. He has a YouTube channel and is on Soundcloud. They live independently in another state.
I have been described as creative, intelligent and caring. The quality that most previous students have used to describe me is patient.
I look forward to the opportunity to get to know you or your child, learn what your goals are, and find ways to assist you/him/her to overcome the challenges to realizing them.
Elizabeth R.’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: San Francisco State University - Bachelors, Film/Economics
Graduate Degree: New Mexico State University-Main Campus - Masters, Education - TESL
GRE Verbal Reasoning: 167
music, films, reading
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
High School English
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization