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Life Beyond Tutoring

I realized a few weeks ago that this may very well be my last semester tutoring, at least for a couple of years. I'm finishing my coursework for my Master's degree, and although I'm still working on the never-ending thesis of doom, I'm also already a certified teacher and have been looking for teaching gigs for nearly two years now. Whether or not I find a teaching job, I'll have to really get myself in gear and find a full-time job beginning in the summer.

Which made me realize that there's a distinct life beyond teaching. I know there's research about life after tutoring, and specifically how having tutored affects those who have served as tutors - as we move outside the field of education, as we leave school and move outward into different fields. But I'm wondering what those specific affectations of tutoring are, and why how we're affected by having tutored never quite make it back to students who are still tutoring. And I wonder, too, if there's value in telling tutors how tutoring affects us, both positively and negatively. I suspect there's a conference proposal in there somewhere - and I call dibs! - but it's something I've begun to think about, especially since I've been tutoring for more than five years now - specifically how tutoring could translate in any field. Because I'm also a teacher, I'm considering how tutoring translates into valuable job skills outside the field of education.

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  1. Dear Friend,

    I'm planning a Tutoring Program for Portuguese & English speakers online, and would much appreciate if we could talk about it for a while at Skype.

    My Skype name is charllesnunes, and I'm the author of some books on language learning.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Your Newest Brazilian Friend! :o)

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