I recently graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Strategic Public Relations with a 3.90 GPA. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Summa Cum Laude Honors and a B.A in Communications. My undergraduate GPA was 3.86. I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with Summa Cum Laude Honors and a B.A in Communications. My undergraduate GPA was 3.86. I'm currently working on finishing a few credits I need to obtain a B.A in English from the University of Southern California. I've previously had the opportunity to be a writing tutor for elementary and middle school students and tutored freshman Communications students when I was senior at CU. I think the keys to successful tutoring are empathy and the ability to communicate in an effective way that your individual student can understand. Every student comes into the classroom with a distinct set of experiences, outlooks and learning styles. As a tutor I believe I need to be an empathetic listener, a vigilant observer and cultivate a unique approach to teaching for each individual student. You need to strive to get to know your students and deduce the best way to reach them on an individual level. The worst teachers / tutors are the ones who seem to have a "one size fits all" approach to education. If you explain something in one manner and your student doesn’t comprehend what you’re trying to convey you must evolve and change you approach. The student-teacher relationship must be one characterized by evolution and innovation. Teachers need to always be refining and recalibrating their approach to better meet their pupils’ needs as they learn more about their students' backgrounds, best learning styles, etc. I also think successful tutors need to be allies and friends to their students. Students need to know that you're in their corner and you're there as a friend who desires to help them progress and develop their skills. I think tutors should create a laid back environment where their students feel comfortable taking risks, making mistakes and feel like they're learning with a friend / mentor and not an authority figure. Mentors need to be friends just as much as they need to be educators. I think attitude is a primary component to successful tutoring. If you approach the material with a vibrant zeal your energy will be contagious and hopefully ignite interest in your students. Students and teachers have a reciprocal relationship when it comes to disposition; if you bring and effervescent approach you'll typically spark interest in your students. Exuberance breeds exuberance just like apathy breeds apathy. Oftentimes we are emotional mirrors for each other. I think you need to strive to communicate to students in their language. You need to make cultural allusions that they'll understand. You need to pepper your speech with jargon they're familiar with. You need tell engaging anecdotes that might help explicate your points. You need to show both strength and vulnerability so that students know that you're a dependable source of knowledge and a reliable confidant and friend. Fun Facts: My greatest passion in life is writing. I love to write culture essays, short stories, blogs and I'm currently writing two books I hope to publish next year. I also play both the guitar and saxophone and enjoy writing songs. When I'm not writing I enjoy playing hockey. I start playing when I was five years old and haven't stopped.