While I do have high expectations of my tutees, I prefer to shy away from a rigid authoritarian approach, and lean toward a consultant-type of relationship. By this, I mean that I am here to offer my perspectives and opinions, but I do ultimately like to view my students as self-advocates who should take ownership of their work. Rather than feeding you fish, I will show you how to fish, as they say. From there, our goal will be to have you develop your own style of fishing. Independent learners is what we all ultimately want to be, right?
Though I do consider myself fairly well educated for my age, I think my greatest asset is the life experience I have been fortunate to have in a relatively short amount of time. I am somewhat of a travel junkie (plenty of good stories there), I used to be a cartoonist and copy editor for a magazine, I have taught in various settings, and I also used to fly airliners commercially. These aspects of my past, along with many others, have given me a lot of paradigm shifts and perspective changes over the years.
I think we often forget the importance of the social aspect to education, and for this reason, I make it a point of relating to my students in terms of who they are, rather than what they do or do not know.