University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Community Health)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Master's)
Since the beginning of my own education, I've always been interested in helping others - whether that be in the school/classroom environment, my neighborhood, or simply giving friends and others advice. I remember being one of the few students in the third grade to stay behind and help the teacher grade papers, clean the classroom, or help other students with an assignment during my lunch period.
Today, I still love to help others. I recently moved back to Champaign (which is where I went to undergraduate school but left to go to Michigan for graduate school) from Detroit. I was a tutor in Detroit for 2.5 years at a nonprofit organization called Mercy Education Project (MEP), which serves to educate and assist girls and women by tutoring them and/or helping them get their GED's. At MEP I tutored elementary, as well as junior high in reading and math. The girls were lots of fun to work with, and in addition to teaching them, I learned a great deal from them.
It is my goal to help students having trouble with math, reading/English, and/or social studies by taking as much time as they need to make sure they understand the basic concepts. In my experience with the girls at MEP, I learned that being patient with the students is key for tutoring. I worked with some children diagnosed with ADHD, and while it was sometimes challenging, we made progress, and I was glad that I was able to help. Another important part of tutoring involves providing a variety of avenues through which the student can learn. For example, at MEP, I liked to do a combination of work sheets, dry erase board problems, board, card, and computer games related to the subject matter. Switching the agenda and incorporating interactive activities into the mix sometimes helps to make tutoring more fun, because I know that just having someone talk at you for an hour is no way to learn. In fact, I like to start my sessions with a 5 minute (or less) chat about what happened that day (i.e. if the student learned something exciting, if he/she got any good reports, etc.). I believe the comfort of the student in talking to the tutor about his/her difficulties with the subject is imperative. I encourage all students to ask questions for anything they aren't sure about - no question is "too stupid".
Overall, I am very excited about the prospect of tutoring in Champaign-Urbana. I can't wait to begin! Since the beginning of my own education, I've always been interested in helping others - whether that be in the school/classroom environment, my neighborhood, or simply giving friends and others advice. I remember being one of the few students in the third grade to stay behind and help the teacher grade papers, clean the classroom, or help other
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I am hereby requesting certification to tutor elementary aged students in math and reading/English. Having served as a tutor for 2.5 years in the City of Detroit, assisting girls ages 7-13 in improving their confidence and skills, I am qualified for this work. As a tutor at the Mercy Education Project (MEP) in Detroit, I used the Jamestown Signature Reading materials, as well as Math in Minutes and Math Foundations. In addition to workbooks, my students and I worked math and reading games. As a result of consistency in tutoring, children with whom I worked were able to raise their reading and math levels an average of 2 grade levels with a year.