I love teaching.
Because I love fostering positivity within others. My goal as an educator is to get my students to believe in themselves. I quickly find their strengths and use it to my advantage by gearing my tutoring sessions to cater to their specific abilities. I tutor mainly math and science and hence I deal with a lot of students that are great in the social sciences, but not the hard sciences. I cater to them by helping them grasp onto real world examples of things they are familiar with. For example, many kids know about the Northern Lights or aka Auroa Borealis, but they don’t know that it forms from electrons being excited and then jumping down energy levels to release lights. So, when the all too familiar AP test question comes up of “What do electrons release when they jump from a higher energy level to a lower energy level,” my students often reply, “light.” 🙂
Playing to everyone’s strength is great. We all learn different ways and it is my responsibility as a tutor/mentor to reveal those strengths to my students and from there have them indulge in it. Once they find strength they will then find courage and that’s all that’s needed to heighten their morale to get them to keep trying their best at school.
Tutelage is a very intimate process. The act of revealing something you don’t know or are not good at can be very challenging for almost everyone. That’s why whenever a student gives me an answer for a question I give them I never say “No” to them. When I’m tutoring some times I run experiments on my students and see their reaction when I say “no.” They usually cower and retreat into their shell, which stabs the whole intimacy in the throat. Sorry for the graphic 🙂 But it’s true! And that is exactly why I never say no. I always use some other word/phrase: “you’re in the vicinity” “not close” “almost” etc… I value my students opening up to me and it always helps when I reveal my insecurities to them.
Tutoring is fun if the tutor is fun. The last thing a kid wants is to have their teacher follow them home to teach them again! Tutors gotta be young, fun, upbeat, and engaging!
And that’s what we are at Air Tutors. 🙂