I come from a special education background, so often times I find myself looking for the strengths in students and using those strengths to help them improve upon the areas they are not so confident in. For example, it can be as simple as providing positive feedback in addition to areas that they need to improve in. If you put yourself in the shoes of the student , it could be very frustrating for them to only hear about things that they did wrong and difficult to take feedback constructively. I feel that as a teacher/tutor it is my job to make sure that they are able to utilize my feedback to help them grow and develop as well as learn from their mistakes. If it is one thing we can all learn that is to not continue to make the same mistakes.
I also believe in the philosophy that learning should be fun and students should "want" to learn rather than "have" to. By understanding the applicability of what we learn to our personal/professional lives we can better relate and retain it. Not everything we learn may be interesting or as relevant to our daily lives. However, if we can understand the impact it has in modern day world, it makes it that much easier to learn it.
Undergraduate Degree: Purdue University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: National Louis University - Masters, Educational Psychology
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