As a tutor, I focus on helping students build the skills they need to succeed independently. Academic success is an important goal for my clients, of course, but I also work to help students develop a better understanding and appreciation of words and language, as well as more confidence in their ability to take on any intellectual project that may challenge them in the future.
I believe that working with students one-on-one is the most effective way to help them, but I also know that there are many forms of tutoring available that do not support students’ long-term needs. As a classroom teacher in independent schools, I saw many examples of outside tutoring that did not serve my students: tutors who wrote students’ papers or did other academic work for them instead of helping them learn to do it themselves, for example. I also saw tutors of middle and high school students who did not understand how to collaborate effectively with parents and teachers. I believe that no good purpose is served by tutors who write papers or otherwise overinvolve themselves with the completion of student work; not only is such intervention dishonest and unethical, but it also prevents the student from learning how to solve problems and complete projects on his own. Similarly, because I value and respect the work of other classroom teachers and of parents, I know that no outside tutor of middle and high school students can successfully support a student’s learning without open communication with parents and teachers.