Learning is the most fundamental human skill. Think about it. The old saying goes "give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime." Old sayings like this don't last unless there's at least an inkling of truth to them. But this clich is founded in a mountain of truth, not just an inkling. Learning is a skill just like any other that can be trained, and I've spent the majority of my adult life trying to get better at it because the dividends are so high in every aspect of life. Throughout my personal journey in education, I've also realized that the teacher-student relationship is one of the most important in a student's entire life. I've seen first hand that both good teachers and bad teachers can forever change the path of a young person's life. During formal education, life choices and revelations about oneself are coming quicker than they ever have before, all the while most students have not really discovered their own learning style. This creates an environment where it is very easy for the student to get turned off on a subject forever because of a bad teacher. I not only want to help the student understand the subject at hand, but also uncover some realities about her learning style that she can use in the future, as I have been trying to do for the last several years. The value of learning comes at the price of individuality. Every person learns differently, so my first priority is helping the student to realize what works and what doesn't for her own mind. After that, I attack the subject in the most pragmatic way possible to achieve the goals of the student. And that's it. The key to learning anything is figuring out how one learns, and then crafting that knowledge into an attack plan that can be carried out. While this may seem straightforward, it's not! This breakdown is akin to saying that making it to the NBA only requires that one be really good at Basketball. While true, it's not very helpful for someone actually trying to make it to the NBA. So I hope I can help each student not only learn the subject they come to me for, but also learn something about themselves that they can use in future learning experiences.
I'm an open book and I'm always willing to help, so reach out anytime and take care.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelor in Arts, Economics
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