While tutoring, I listen to the needs of the student I am working with. I watch for the personality traits that make this person unique. I also listen to the levels of desire for learning and build on those levels. I believe it is essential to encourage a student to continue to grow. With my mentees, I ask questions that reveal the areas they are struggling with. As a tutor, I also listen for anxiety and fears and try to dispel them. The ways to dispel anxiety and fears is to hear what these are really about. With students who have organizational challenges, it is essential to direct and guide so as to succeed at being organized.
Many times it is not the topics being studied (math, science, English, etc) but more so being organized and being zestful for learning. The task on hand is imparting a desire to learn along with showing a student how to organize in order to be successful. A successful way to explain organization is to do a task analysis, which I do with every student. This is an important tool in life, break down a large task into smaller tasks so as to see each step and a success and not feel overwhelmed. My experience with children spans many years. As a former owner of a day care, there were many opportunities to assist students with their homework. From ages Kindergarten to college, I have had the pleasure of mentoring students in their academic journey.
Most recently, I was a mentor at San Diego State University. My role was to encourage, guide and direct dual language uses while enriching their vocabulary. Many thesis papers were drafts, edited, and rewritten in order to have all the components the professors were requiring. The courses I focused on for my college mentees were Child and Family Development and English. As a mentor for Native Americans through the American Indian Recruitment organization it was my responsibility to be in attendance for every meeting and to help the students to learn more about diversity in cultures and also how to prepare for college. The topics I focused on for the Native high school students were college prep and writing for success.
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