One time, as I was sitting around with my classmates waiting for a physics lecture on electromagnetism, my friend said this:
Our professor? He could probably build a time machine, but I don’t understand a word he’s saying.
And he was so right.
Do you know anyone like this? Someone afflicted with the dreaded Curse of Knowledge, rendering them incapable of saying anything that makes sense to you?
Worse yet, have you paid someone like this to teach you?
What if I told you that being an expert on the subject you’re studying is the least important quality you should desire in a teacher?
I hear people say to their friends, “You got an A in organic chemistry? You need to tutor me!”
Now, I tell you this because I love you: Getting an A in a class does NOT mean you can teach a topic.
There are three types of A students:
- “It was easy. It just made sense.” – Natural Nate
- “I’ve forgotten all of that by now.” – Cramming Craig
- “I just broke it down by the main concepts.” – Logical Lora
Natural Nate is a bad teacher. He never had to dissect the information and figure out its inner workings. He will be good at remembering the information, but can’t explain it.
Cramming Craig is a bad teacher. He crammed for the test and now it’s all gone. At no point did he ever really know the material.
Logical Lora will be a good teacher. She understood there was a hierarchy to the information and broke it down step-by-step to understand what every fact means in the grand scheme of things. She is not an “expert” in chemistry; she is an expert in learning. And that’s who you need because—as you already know—comprehending a topic does not mean you can teach it.
When you’re struggling to understand something new, you need to figure out where you’re falling short.
I remember this one time I was tutoring a woman in first semester general chemistry who’d recently come back to school in hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant. She was excellent with the basic concepts they were covering on her exam, which was rapidly approaching. Molarity, osmolarity, dissociation of ions, solvents… everything intuitively made sense to her. But when she tested herself with a practice exam, she got over half of the questions wrong. What gives?
It soon became apparent that she wasn’t struggling with the CHEMISTRY, she was struggling with the MATH. If you aren’t able to take that step back and rationally decide what your limiting factor is, you’ll spin your wheels forever.
I would recommend tutoring to a lot of people, but I have to say that in my old age… I just don’t trust very many people.
It sounds bad, but I’m very particular with the way I go about things. From which problem we work on to which side of the desk you sit on to which color of pen I’m going to correct you with. I would encourage you to find a tutor that has very specific rationale for every decision they make.
The beauty of this electronic world we live in is that I can now offer tutoring to people online with video chat and screencasting software, which is totally free thanks to Google Hangouts.
Here are some of the subjects I’ve tutored in the past:
- Postural Restoration Institute concepts
- Musculoskeletal anatomy
- Human physiology
- Exercise physiology
- General chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- General physics
- Motor control and learning
- Exercise coaching
- Periodization of training
I’ve worked with a diverse group of people, including:
- Students looking to get an A
- Students looking to pass a class
- Student athletes
- People who have already earned a degree
- Career professionals looking to increase their knowledge base
- Traditional college students
- Nontraditional college students
- High school kids
- Grade school kids
No one teaching method is best, it just depends on what a student needs at a given time. Here are a few examples of things I’ve done in the past to help people learn:
- Make a student teach something back to me
- Tie what you’re learning back to what you already know
- Talk about how to organize a study schedule so that you don’t have to give up your social life
- Dissect out the main concepts of a chapter or topic
- Come up with a particular study plan that works for you
Teaching is my one true love. It’s very rewarding to see that look of “Ohhhh now it all makes sense!” wash over someone’s face.
I think someone like you teaching anatomy to the up and coming would be a real asset to future coaches. Coming out of uni with an understanding of PRI’s concepts would be a real game changer for a lot of people… Game changer even seems a little understated, to be honest.
If you’re a student looking for help in a class, click here to contact me.
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