Ever since I started working towards my elementary education degree I realized I wanted to become a tutor as well. I have had opportunities to work in tutor like roles and really enjoyed the work. The first job I had was with the Police Athletic League in West Chester. P.A.L. was an after school program for at-risk youth. The first thing we would do with the kids was to work on their homework. The children really benefited from this program because we were able to give them the one-on-one attention they could not receive in class as well as our extensive knowledge in the particular subject we were working on with the student.
My next job that allowed me to gain experience in tutoring was when I worked at a youth detention center. I would often assist the students in the classroom with helping them understand the particular content they were trying to learn. If the student was really struggling I would pull the student out of class and help them further.
Now that I am an elementary ed teacher I see the value in tutoring even more. As I teach I often wonder if all my students fully understand the material as well as I would like them to. I feel that with the one-on-one attention not only will I be able to assess how well the student knows the content but I can make a plan that will involve helping that student understand the content thoroughly. I'm not saying I wouldn't do this while in the classroom but I feel the student will be better served with the extra time after school. I have really seen the value in tutoring and would love the opportunity to be able to tutor. I love teaching and really see the value in ones education. I would like to help a student become the best student they can be.
There are a number of particular methods I can use as tutor to best suit the student's needs. I think first it is important to assess the students needs. What I mean is what in particular does the student need help with. As the student’s tutor I would learn what particular learning styles work best for that student. I would also find out what the student’s interests are. By finding out this information there may be a chance that I can connect a student’s knowledge to the content that we are studying, which could greatly increase the student’s ability to succeed. I also feel that as a tutor is it important to find out what the students strengths and weaknesses are. If possible I would like work hand in hand with the student classroom teacher. With the information I can develop a comprehensive lesson that involves "hands-on" materials or materials specific to the student's needs and learning style. Most of all as the student’s tutor I would like to bring out that "can-do" attitude. I would like to bring out the confidence in that students that allows them to over come any obstacle and be the best student they can be.
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