I have excellent experience as a tutor with “at risk” college students during my undergraduate career at a small Liberal Arts university in Arkansas. During my time there, I tutored in a wide variety of subjects, including College Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, World and American History, American Government, Upper-Level Religion (my major), and Ancient Languages (Hebrew and Koine Greek). All while undergoing my own undergraduate studies, I accumulated over 330 hours of one-on-one tutoring with these students, and over 30 hours of tutor training. As a result of my work, I earned certification as a “Master Tutor,” the highest level of certification, in two tutoring societies, the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and American Tutoring Professionals (ATP).
After my undergraduate work, I moved to Atlanta to pursue graduate work in Religion at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. I graduated this writing intensive program with a Master of Divinity degree, earning very high marks. I intend to apply in a doctoral program next year, hopefully in Atlanta, but am taking year off to dedicate part of my time to my weekend job as a Disc Jockey at one of the biggest radio stations in Atlanta (Q100 Atlanta WWWQ 99.7FM). This job leaves me with time during the week, which I would like to fill helping students to reach their learning goals.
One of my proudest moments as a tutor came during my last year in my undergraduate career. I helped a second-career student, who had recently suffered a stroke that resulted in long-term memory loss, earn a passing grade in Koine Greek. This course required heavy memory work, but we developed a plan of attack, including mnemonic devices, songs, and random associations, that helped raise her grade from a low F to passing. This required both patience and hard work, but the payoff was huge. Being able to help someone to achieve what they otherwise would not be able to accomplish is so important to me, because I had several people who took an interest in helping me accomplish my ambitions. I look forward to being able to pass this gift of learning on to students in need of assistance.
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