As being a Child Development tutor, I have gained new knowledge and skills that will be beneficial for me in the future. Both my listening and communication skills have improved over the past few years because of my sessions with the tutees. Some students who come into for tutoring may feel nervous about the Tutoring Center, it is important to make the tutees feel comfortable and welcome. In order to do this, I ask his or her thoughts and opinions of the class, that encourage effective communication from both the tutee and me.
Because of my job, I am better at expressing myself to others in a more clear and concise way.
One strategy I have developed as a tutor is viewing each student that visits the Tutoring Center as ‘not another tutee’, but as a unique individual with his or her own strengths and weaknesses. When a new student comes in for tutoring, I introduce myself and then ask his or her name.
Oftentimes, I will ask the tutee who their professor and what assignment they are working on. Also, I would ask them if they understood the concepts they learned in the lecture. I would tell them if they need help with anything, that I am here to help them.
Another important lesson I have learned through my training and experience as a tutor is that each tutee learns the materials differently. It is important to know each student’s learning styles in order to help them learn the concepts.
For example, for visual learners, the most useful strategies are using highlighters, index cards, using pictures and videos to help them remember the important concepts by having visuals. I have used various techniques in order to help tutees better learn and understand the lectures. Being adaptable to different learning styles have made an impact to on success as a Child Development tutor.
Lifelong learning refers to the voluntary decision to enroll in educational courses or to study a topic on one’s free will. I tend to keep myself motivated by the desire for more knowledge and self-improvement. It enhances my understanding of the world around me, provides me with more and better opportunities and improves my quality of life. The two main reasons for learning throughout life are for personal and professional development. Being a lifelong learner provides opportunities to enhance or expand my skills and increased my confidence level. Because of my job as a tutor, my confidence level increased because I would have to introduce myself on the first day of classes, communicate with the professor and students effectively, and plan workshops for the students.
My future professional goal is to become a college Child Development professor. I want to become a college professor because it encourages me in a life of learning by going to workshops, seminars, and taking courses. Nurturing behavior regarding teaching is defined in both negative and positive when addressing the effectiveness of the professor and his or her impact and influence on the student’s learning. Helping a student become a better and more involved learner is an important issue when talking about nurturing because it exists as one of the ultimate goals of this of encouraging and supportive professor. This professor wants their students as engaged as possible with the material. This is what I do at my job, is plan workshops on the material the professor lectures on every week for the students, being supportive to the students by helping them with the projects or assignments they have. When I am in class, I help the professor with anything they need help, for example, passing out handouts, organizing the student’s work, (putting them in alphabetical order) and walking around during discussion times. I do my best to be helpful for both the professor and for the students.
I am applying to Pacific Oaks master’s program in Early Childhood because I believe that diversity, inclusion, and equality is important in education. Diversity, inclusion, and equality are important because each of them will help me better appreciate and understand each individual and their culture. Also, I will be able to develop cultural competency, which means to teach students who come from different cultures other than their own. Cultural competency is having an awareness of one’s culture while appreciating other cultures. It is essential to know that each culture is unique in its own ways. Inclusion means for all the students to included, and not to left out. Also, it means to identify each individual’s strengths and talents while the students are working with other students. Diversity is important in a classroom because the professor and students are exposed to different viewpoints and perspectives on certain topics. Therefore, the students and professor become more knowledgeable and open-minded about different cultures. Equality means for everyone to be treated the same, which promotes fairness.