Greetings and Salutations! My name is Rob, currently, a manager in the public sector and past YMCA executive director who seeks to help youth and adults achieve their goals by guiding them through intellectual challenges and help them become independent learners.
As a seasoned community service leader with thirteen years of teaching, staff development, and management experience, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, executive level certifications from national organizations, and a Master in Business Administration, I execute efficiency, critical thinking, problem solving and integrity, while providing premium services. The majority of my professional experience entails maximizing youth and adult program capacity and efficiency through analyzing operations and trends, then implementing applicable applications. For the past eight years, as a senior manager, I created new approaches to improving staff and program performance as well.
Though my education is in economics and business administration, community and impacting others have been my passion serving in the non-profit and pubic sectors. Even in my younger years, as a financial advisor, during lunch hours, I went from a suit and tie to swim trucks, giving swim lessons to youth and adults. The reason ???why tutoring??? is because tutoring allows me to serve youth and adults in achieving their personal goals and objective.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Grand Valley State University - Bachelors, Economics & Business
Graduate Degree: University of Michigan - Flint - Masters, Business Administration and Management
Outdoor activities, mountain and road cycling, hiking, road trips, visiting family, acoustic guitar
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Accounting
High School Business
High School Economics
High School English
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy has always been to make teaching effective and goal orientated through interaction, engagement and respect. Students learn at different levels and through various medians. Some students comprehend best by verbal communication, others by hands on teaching, while others learn best by examples. No one form is better than the other. What is always best is teaching that is relatable to the student and achieves the desired goals and outcomes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Because the most effective mode of teaching is always the method that serves the student best, it is important to know the strengths and challenges of the student. In addition, it is imperative to know and create short, mid, and long-term goals and objectives. This is usually done at the first sessions. Success can only be achieved by knowing the goals, creating a purposeful path to reaching the goal, and identifying strengths, challenges, and successes. All these help in creating a teaching method that works best for the student and developing a trusting and respectful professional relationship.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The adage 'Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,' holds very true in effective tutoring. To guide students to independent learning means to understand what motivates them and what styles of learning works best for the individual student. Once those are established, techniques, tools, and resources can be identified in helping the student become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation can often be difficult to keep sustainable, especially during trying times. This is why it is important to know and understand the student. In knowing them, one understands what will continuously drive the student to want to succeed. Examples of past motivational tools and opportunities include continual encouragement and recognition, constant communication, goal setting and measurable check marks, incorporation of personal interests within the tutoring, and personal uplifting notes.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Learning new skills is always challenging and never an easy task. In the past, when students had difficulty learning a new skill, I utilized the knowledge I had of the student and incorporated that into the next teaching opportunity. This included relating the new skill to a subject matter or interest of the student. This helped to keep the student positive but, most importantly, helped relate the new skill to a level which the student could understand better.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Realizing my teaching philosophy is focused on making teaching effective and goal orientated through interaction, engagement, and respect and that students learn at different levels and through various medians, my first strategy is always to get to know the student. The reason is because the most effective mode of teaching is always the method that serves the student best. To know what would work best, it is important to know the strengths and challenges of the student. Once there is an understanding of the student, it is imperative to know and create short, mid, and long-term goals and objectives. All the previously stated helps in creating a teaching method that works best for the student.