When I chose to return to school, I was encouraged by classmates whom I helped with homework and classwork, to move towards teaching. I'd never really thought that much about it, until I went back to college and got involved in the Beacon Tutoring program through American River College. It changed my life and I changed my major and started seriously considering a career in teaching.
I started tutoring through the DSPS (Disability Services and Programs for Students) center, just to help cover some of the costs of college. This was a one on one style tutoring, where we met somewhere on campus for a designated period of time. After that, I got involved in the Beacon Program, which was a group tutoring program, similar to a classroom setting, where we met at an assigned classroom and I had the ability to tutor and teach in front of 3 or more students.
This lasted for about 3 semesters, in both Math and Science courses. When I transferred to CSUS, I also started tutoring in the Math Lab on campus. This was a combination group and/or one on one setting, in a large room where students could come to do homework, alone or in a group, and raise hands to ask for help. This also lasted for about 3 semesters.
During my time at CSUS, I also spent 2 semesters tutoring in the Math Learning Skills department, as a teachers aid in the classroom. I've done private tutoring outside of school for both adults and high school students. I think the second most gratifying thing about tutoring is having students contact me after the course is completed to let me know how well they did or how happy they were with the grade they received.
However, the most gratifying thing about tutoring, for me, is to see a student actually get a concept that has eluded them, it was referred to me as the 'Ah Ha' moment by one of my professors. Seeing a student finally get the concept lets me know that I actually made a difference or that I helped.
I'm working towards my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at California State University Sacramento. After that, I intend to work towards a teaching credential. I haven't settled yet on whether I want to teach in the Junior High/Middle School level, or go into High School, but I have a great experience with both groups of students and I really enjoy Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. I've also spent time tutoring kids in elementary levels, working with arithmetic, helping students learn about adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers as well as fractions, decimals and percents.
I like to meet with a student before committing to tutoring because I understand that everyone has a different learning style, and I like to make sure that I can actually help a student before they have to commit to ever seeing me again. If a student doesn't understand me, or the way I explain things, and I can't find a way to alter it so that they can understand me, it does the student no good to have me as their tutor. I want to make sure that the student is successful, and for that to happen, my tutoring style needs to be compatible with the students' learning style. When I chose to return to school, I was encouraged by classmates whom I helped with homework and classwork, to move towards teaching. I'd never really thought that much about it, until I went back to college and got involved in the Beacon Tutoring program through American River College. It changed my life and I changed my major and started
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