I have seen a number of my students really improve their Math skills and also I have helped some students with writing assignments in English and Biology. These writing assignments are a chance for me to help guide the student to improve their writing skills and organizational skills and thus earn a very good grade on a major project. I love to write myself, and want to show my students how satisfying it is to produce a well written and researched paper.
I just got the news that one of my students got his SAT scores back today and improved overall by about 30% on his scores. He improved the most in his weakest area, which was the SAT Reading section. This will make a big difference for him in choosing colleges, where he is expecting to receive a full athletic scholarship.
I learn a lot by tutoring my students. I learn how they learn, what are the barriers that they experience in learning and what they are interested in doing. The brain is an amazing thing and I believe that using your brain is just like exercising your body, the more that you extend your range of learning the stronger and more flexible your thinking becomes. So, I am learning as much from my students as they are being taught by me.
As a first year Science teacher, I lost my job teaching HS Physics last year because I was the last hired and therefore, first fired. After seeking a new teaching position, and becoming certified, I decided to tutor through WyzAnt while waiting to develop a more permanent position. But, what I have found is that tutoring actually offers a great opportunity to teach a wide variety of subjects to students who really seem to want to learn. I have really enjoyed all my tutoring activities. I have tutored college Chemistry, HS and college Algebra, College Medieval History, HS Physics and Algebra, HS Biology, and HS English and World Geography. I really like the experience of tutoring diverse subjects. And, I have found a lot of satisfaction in my students understanding the subjects and seeing that they are really getting it.