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Your Own Reasons And Your Own Ways

My teaching philosophy is based on my observation that you can only enjoy success for your own reasons and in your own ways. This goes for all types of success, big or small, from learning math to enjoying a sense of happiness, fulfillment, and accomplishment in life.

When I begin working with a new student, my first question is always “Why do you want to learn this?” Motivation is the key to learning, and that is why this is the most important question to ask. You have to have your own reasons for learning, and the tutoring process always starts with getting the student in touch with theirs. “Because I should” or “because I have to” is an ineffective basis for generating the intellectual curiosity that learning requires.

Furthermore, I pay attention to the student’s cognitive process of perceiving, processing, and communicating about the subject. We all have our own ways of understanding, processing, and recalling, and I make the effort to communicate in a way that is compatible with the student’s way of thinking. My goal is not for the student to nod their head and say they understand; my goal is for the student to have an internal model detailed enough that they could impart their understanding to someone else. The aim is not for me to explain things to the student, the aim is for them to explain things to me.

However you are seeking success, seek it for your own reasons and in your own ways, because this is the only way you can find it. And if you’d like the help of an experienced guide to mastering math and excelling at academics, get in touch with me.


Dane Dormio is an online tutor and academic coach who specializes in helping all types of students achieve life and academic success, especially homeschooled students and those preparing for STEM careers. More information and resources can be found on his website at

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