From the intersection between my tutoring background and studies in the social sciences, I’ve learned how important it is not only to clearly convey information, but to also provide a few much-needed doses of humor along the way in order to make the material more engaging (and possibly even entertaining!).
To establish rapport, I’ve found that communication is essential for success in test prep (as in life!). I try to:
- Be proactive about reaching out to parents and students so that we can all stay in the loop
- Encourage students to feel comfortable in speaking up if they’re not sure about something. (If there were such a thing as asking “silly” questions, I’d win a medal for it!)
- Improve confidence by breaking down question types and reassuring students that they have the skills they need to learn how to answer them
- Listen as much as possible to students’ concerns and address them as best I can, thereby setting long- and short-term goals as we work together
I enjoy seeing my students learn and improve on standardized tests, but at the end of the day, scores are just a number, and each individual is so much more than that! The road to achievement is paved with hard work, motivation, and commitment, and I stand by, ready to offer guided support along the way.