I have perfected online tutoring via my three years of experience with that avenue of delivering instruction. I provide each of my online students with a "personal tutoring webpage" (ptw) which is a combination hub of all our activity together, a clearinghouse of resources and important links, and a history of all our work together, a great way for my students to appreciate their progress.
I enjoy most about online tutoring the one-on-one attention I can pay to each individual student. Over time I build a real rapport with the student and with the student's family, and there are families with whom I have stayed in close contact after the tutoring has come to an end. That's a special, wonderful feeling. Such closeness and openness make for a reciprocal investment that benefits all parties involved.
In my experience in studying for the AP French and SAT II French exams, there could not have been a better teacher than Mr. Parsons. His attention to detail and emphasis on viewing language as a lens to conceptualize one's culture allowed me to quickly grasp the nuances of French and also score in the top 1% of students on both exams.
Kerry is very hands on, and takes personal interest in each student he teaches. He takes extra time to make sure everyone is caught up and understands material, and he makes it fun with games relevant to the material. If I could give him more than five stars, I definitely would!
Kerry is a great combination of demanding and encouraging Latin tutor. He can push and support at the same time, it is truly a gift not many teachers possess today. He also gives great feedback after every session, you know when your kid is working hard and he is slacking off.
Excellent teacher who is experienced, knowledgeable, patient, and kind.
When I begin work with a new student, I send the student and all parties involved a comprehensive "Greetings" email in which I detail my approach to instruction in general, my approach to online instruction in specific, my qualifications to teach the content areas I do, and links to their personal tutoring webpage as well as important resources. I spend a good portion of the first session getting to know the new student and being an open book myself with that new student, so that we can start off on the right foot. I have found this approach successful and rewarding.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Classical Languages and Literature, specifically Latin. I hold a master's degree in education, and I am three-fourths through my doctoral program in education with specialization in curriculum and instruction with a special focus on critical and high-order thinking and creative problem-solving. I have over three years of experience with online tutoring, and I have over two years experience in the secondary classroom, teaching Latin and French.
I charge $60/hour and invoice in $15/every fifteen minutes increments. I am happy to offer bulk discounts.
I came to teaching late in life, after having spent a great deal of my adulthood stumbling through various career ideas: a drug abuse counselor, a police officer, a nutritionist, among others. The common denominator was always my wish to work with young people. When I finally came upon teaching as a viable career, all my friends and loved ones had the same response, "Well, it's about time you realized that's why God put you on this Earth!"
I have worked with a wide variety of students: 8-year-olds, 11-year-olds, a great many middle-school- and high-school-age students, college students, and adults. I have discovered every student is a unique individual, who brings to the table a unique set of multiple intelligence(s), multiple literacies, an individual worldview, and a unique learning style. One of the great rewards of teaching is, customizing my curriculum and instruction to the unique individual it is my honor and privilege to be teaching.
Be picky. Do not hesitate to move on from a teaching experience that simply doesn't feel right. Be honest and open about what you are—and are not—getting out of the tutoring experience. Do not hesitate to let the tutor know what you need and what you expect and what you want out of this important experience for which, after all, you are paying.
What are the students' goals for the tutoring? What do they feel they will receive from tutoring they are not receiving from other, more traditional avenues of instruction in their lives? Are they willing to put the time, attention, and effort into the tutoring, above and beyond the other demands on their time?