Building a Strong Tutoring Relationship

A senior security consultant with Verizon Communications, Emblez Longoria earned his bachelor’s degree in business management summa cum laude from Rosemont College. Alongside his career, Emblez Longoria has volunteered as a tutor.

Helping students as a tutor can be a rewarding opportunity. In order to achieve success in this area, it helps to build a good relationship, following these three strategies:

1. Help Students Relax
Encourage them to talk by being friendly, asking questions, and listening carefully. Avoid showing any impatience or other negative emotions in your body language when they struggle to learn a concept. When you respect their efforts, even if they make a mistake, they will learn to trust you.

2. Make Learning Fun
You can include related interesting facts or make humorous quips as you go through the material. The more engaged students become, the better they will learn.

3. Encourage Independence
When students struggle, you may be tempted to give them the answers, but instead help them work through the problem. You can rephrase questions to give them a different perspective. They need to see you as a trusted aid in their learning process rather than as the source of answers. Then, they will gain valuable learning skills for continuing their studies.

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Emblez Longoria

A Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Physical Security Professional (PSP), Emblez Longoria claims more than two decades of experience in the security field. In 1988, Mr. Longoria enlisted with the New Jersey State Police, working his way up to Senior Trooper before retiring in 2003. In this role, Mr. Longoria served as an advanced crash investigator, a crime- and loss-prevention officer, and undercover agent, in addition to handling complex cases. He also was named a Squad Leader, supervising eight other officers. From 2002 to 2008, Emblez Longoria acted as a Certification Board Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Crime and Loss Prevention Council of ASIS International. While with the council, Mr. Longoria established a number of committees tasked with outlining security guidelines and best practices, among other contributions. In 2004, Mr. Longoria joined Verizon Communications Inc. as a Senior Security Consultant. He now assists with the protection of corporate assets and participates in a number of special security projects. Emblez Longoria graduated summa cum laude from Rosemont College with a Bachelor's degree in Management in 2003 and expects to receive his Master’s degree in Management in December 2011. An outdoorsman, Emblez Longoria enjoys backpacking, hiking, hunting, and fishing in his leisure time. He also frequently tests and reviews outdoor equipment. Mr. Longoria resides in Pennsylvania. Mr. Longoria has supported a number of nonprofit organizations, including The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries International, Inc., and The Hunger Project.

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