I woke up this morning to a wonderful email. One of my recent students wrote a very positive review for me. Here it is, uncensored:
"Kenneth knows his math and can explain it in a simple manner. He is easy to understand. He is polite and personable. My son ran through 2 tutors before Kenneth, so I was crossing my fingers that Kenneth could get the job done without drama. My son responded in a very positive manner."
A bit of background: Her son wants to test out of high school at 16. I was asked to review the GED math section with him for this session. This kid is capable of passing the section now, and he's only a freshman. Her mother and I have already discussed him reviewing the SAT/ACT as well, given that it's necessary for most colleges to look at those scores as well.
It helps that I understand where her son is coming from. I was in a very similar mindset when I was in high school. If I wasn't socializing or in math class, I was bored stiff. Not to mention his extra-curricular activities matched mine (gaming). So it's no surprise that connecting with him was a little easier than usual.
Her mother also sat in on the session, which is the first time that's happened in Denver. I sincerely appreciate parents who make the time to show up and watch the tutoring process happen. Parents who work odd hours, I understand where you're coming from. But if you have the time, please watch as your kid is led to understanding. When done right, it's a sight to behold.