An academic who spent more than a decade as a tutor has a message for aspiring teachers who are currently on the fence about going into the world of teaching: Get your PhD before you apply to a job.
“If you are thinking about getting a PhD, you are already at the front of the queue,” said Prof. James A. Brown, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“You are at the very beginning of a career in teaching and learning.
So it’s important to get your PhD at a time where you are most likely to be successful.”
Brown has a long history in the field of education and tutoring.
As an undergraduate at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he earned his doctorate in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
He then spent five years as a professor of mathematics at the College of Technology in San Francisco before taking a teaching position at the Khan Academy tutoring program in the United States.
In 2013, he began tutoring at Khan Academy, an online learning platform that offers free online tutoring for thousands of high school students.
Brown said he took Khan Academy as a career, but he found it very rewarding.
“It’s really exciting because I’ve gotten to learn so much from Khan Academy students and learn about their lives, what they want to do in the future, and I really enjoy the process of building and helping people succeed in their lives,” Brown said.
Khan Academy’s mission is to provide learning opportunities that challenge students, promote self-confidence and provide opportunities for social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
Khan is not only the most popular online tutors, but also offers a number of additional programs including tutoring programs for students from underprivileged backgrounds.
“I think there are some people who have been turned off by the idea of going into a field that’s been around for decades, so they’re not going to get into it,” Brown added.
“The more people who are engaged in learning, the more opportunities they’ll have for learning.”
Brown said the more people that are engaged, the better.
“That’s a good thing.
You’re building something.
That’s the way you build things,” Brown continued.
“We want to build something to benefit people, to enrich lives.”
Brown is also hopeful that the world will eventually embrace the use of tutoring in the classroom.
“Tutoring is a very powerful tool for people to build their lives in ways that they never would have done otherwise,” he said.
“What’s really going to change is the world at large.
The more people learn from the tutoring community, the less they will be intimidated by learning from someone who is a stranger.”
As the world’s leading provider of free online education for students and adults, Khan Academy is a leader in the online education space.
The company is known for its global tutoring platform, which has trained thousands of teachers around the world, including teachers of more than 200 different languages.
“Khan is known worldwide as one of the most successful online education platforms for learning,” Khan Academy CEO and co-founder Ali Khan said in a statement.
“There is no shortage of online learning.
In fact, there is no place better than Khan Academy to build a career.”
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