What do I enjoy most about tutoring?
Speaking from experiences teaching friends and colleagues, I would say finding the best 'strategy' for teaching a particular student is the most exciting and challenging part of tutoring. While some can learn just by reading a step-by-step guide, the same might not be said for other individuals; some may require illustrations, others may require allusions to real life situations in order to grasp a particular problem. Understanding each individual's distinct personality and needs is certainly difficult, but I have no doubt the journey will be fun throughout.
My Strengths as Tutor
I believe a key strength for me is a desire to continually learn new things and approaches to problems. This not only encourages me to improve my knowledge base in order to use during the tutoring session, but it also means that I am open to learning about a particular student's personal weaknesses and strengths. Being eager to learning also means that I often can be creative as to how I craft solutions to particular problems. In fact, this is the reason why I often take up new languages as a side hobby, as it allows me to see how expressions are crafted in a different perspective.
Most important things I can do for a student
I think one of the most important things is to strike a balance in building up a student's confidence and ensuring they also acknowledge their own weaknesses. From my own experiences, confidence is difficult to build but easy to destroy; if a student encounters a problem they cannot solve, the more confident they were in themselves, the harder it is for them to recover for the next exam. Therefore, I think teaching a student how to respond to failure is a fundamental process in their success.
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