My name is Kira, and I'm a recent graduate of Edgar High School who will be attending Wheaton College, a small private Christian liberal arts college in Illinois, in the fall. I have held a variety of leadership positions through many different organizations, but my favorite is my role as president of the Wien Wildcats 4-H Club because of the opportunities it gives me to work with the young children in the club and pass on the club values of community service and life-long learning.
I currently work part-time at the Wausau Country Club, but I am looking for more work opportunities, and I could not imagine a better fit than tutoring elementary, middle, or even high school students! I would be available almost all mornings and early afternoons (and some later afternoons, depending on my other work schedule) and would be more than willing to tutor on weekends, too!
I have always loved learning and particularly love studying English, reading, and history. My areas of strength include everything at an elementary or middle school level, and more of an English or Literature concentration at the high school level (although I would also feel very comfortable tutoring pre-algebra and algebra I). I did score a 35 on the ACT with perfect scores in reading, English, and math, and I scored a 2190 on the SAT which helped me to be named a National Merit Scholar.
Also this past year, I had the great opportunity to take several college classes through UW-Marathon County. I earned all As in English 101 (a writing-based course), English 250 (a literature course), and Intro to Psychology. As a class valedictorian, I have learned that some of my classmates do not pick up on concepts as easily as I do, so I always did my best to help them learn. In fact, teachers often relied on me to help struggling students so that the class could move forward at a good pace. I've found that being a student helped me to relate to my classmates in a way that the teacher could not; this leads me to believe that younger students would feel more comfortable with me as a tutor than an older adult.
It has always been a great point of pride for me that I could help students alleviate the stress and feelings of failure that hard topics in school can bring. What I always did was to find what they could not understand by asking them a series of questions that would identify the flaws in their reasoning or areas that required more explanation. Also, a great point of importance is to eliminate negative self-talk such as "I don't get it" or "This is just too hard." When students repeatedly say these things, they begin to believe them.
Most of all, I thoroughly believe that every student has the ability to succeed in the classroom if provided with the right resources. My ultimate goal in tutoring is to create personal connections with my students so that I can be a trusted mentor for them as they overcome their struggles and begin to gain the confidence and curiosity that will inspire them to break down barriers and chase their dreams.
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