Patient and Experienced tutor (over ten years of volunteer tutoring)
Patient and Experienced tutor (over ten years of volunteer tutoring)
I am a retired CPA and have spent almost my entire adult life helping children. I spent three years in the US Army and then went to Indiana University where I graduated magna cum laude. I was in the Big Brothers program for over twenty years. After retiring in 2000, I spent seven years as a volunteer tutoring children one on one in the Plainfield elementary school system. I volunteered at Riley Hospital for Children for about two years. I also volunteered one year at an IPS magnet...
I am a retired CPA and have spent almost my entire adult life helping children. I spent three years in the US Army and then went to Indiana University where I graduated magna cum laude. I was in the Big Brothers program for over twenty years. After retiring in 2000, I spent seven years as a volunteer tutoring children one on one in the Plainfield elementary school system. I volunteered at Riley Hospital for Children for about two years. I also volunteered one year at an IPS magnet school tutoring three high school students who had failed the ECA test in Algebra.
I currently volunteer at a homeless shelter in Indianapolis (Dayspring Center) and have volunteered there for the past seven years. I volunteer at the shelter whenever they need me and am currently volunteering two days a week. During the school year, I volunteer as a tutor one day a week for IPS third graders who are struggling with reading under the ReadUP program sponsored by United Way. One of my students improved more than any other student in the program last year.
I firmly believe that one of the keys to success in life is education. What I truly love about tutoring is the fact that it gives me the chance to help a child who is struggling in school. What I especially enjoy is finding a way to make learning fun for a child so that they look forward to the tutoring sessions with me.
I graduated from Indiana University magna cum laude with a degree in Business . After graduation, I passed the CPA exam and spent my entire career as a CPA.
A magnet school in Indianapolis needed an algebra teacher to help special ed students who had failed the ECA test so I volunteered to help three students pass the test. One of the problems was that the students were not interested in learning. I found a unique way to motivate them and will be glad to share that method if you are interested. Because of the unique way that I found to motivate them, they were very motivated to learn and all but one of the students passed the test. The school then contacted me to see if I could help the one student who failed., Because of other conflicts, I was unable to help him. I did meet with the principal to make sure that the student would be provided the help to pass the test.
Even though there were conflicts, I would have found a way to help that student if the principal did not assure me that he was getting the help that he needed to pass the test.
As stated previously, I have a number of years of tutoring students who are struggling in reading both in the Plainfield elementary school system as well as tutoring IPS third grade students who struggled in reading under the ReadUp program sponsored by United Way. In addition, as mentioned previously one of my students improved more than any other student at that school.
Even though I did not major in elementary education in college, I do have a number of years of experience as a volunteer helping students who are struggling in school.
One of my strongest attributes is the patience to work with a child who is struggling in school. I was not the smartest student in school but overcame that obstacle by outworking other students. I have been very successful at finding what motivates a student I am tutoring and using that knowledge to help the student learn the material being taught.
I love helping others. If I did not get tremendous satisfaction from helping others, I would not have done any volunteer work. I also love the challenge of trying to find what will motivate a student to want to learn.
As an example, when I was tutoring the students in algebra, the final time I met with them was on a Thursday before the ECA test the following week. I gave each of the students my email address and asked them to email me if they had any questions or wanted any help at all.
I was very surprised when I received an email from one of the students on Friday night at 9:00 pm. The email simply said "I need help."
I worked with that student til midnight that Friday night and answered all the questions that he had at that time. Then, I received another email from that same student on Sunday night. I then worked with him until 11:00 pm Sunday night.
I created a number of problems for the student to solve based on what he was struggling with. I then asked him to pass those problems on to the other students.
His perseverance paid off as he passed the ECA test the following week. I just felt that he would not have passed that ECA test without my help. Even though teaching those students was exasperating at times, the fact that all but one of the students passed made my efforts completely worthwhile.
Went above and beyond!
Leslie has been helping my daughter with an introductory accounting class for non-majors of accounting. It has proven to be quite a challenge for her. Leslie has been very patient with her. He is sincere in his efforts to help. He has even gone as far as preparing for the tutoring sessions by reviewing her homework. I would highly recommend Leslie as a tutor!Anita, 11 lessons with LeslieTutor responded:
It was an honor to work with her daughter. At the time that I started tutoring her, she was thinking about dropping out of the class. I am a retired CPA and, in my view, the class included material beyond the scope of an introductory course. I spent many hours going through the homework before meeting with my student. I only charge my students for the actual time that I spent tutoring them, She worked so hard and was an excellent student to teach. This morning she texted me with the results and her grade was higher than she expected. Rather than dropping the class and retaking the class at a later date, she now can move forward with her life. I promised her that I would help her in any other classes that were difficult for her if she wanted my help.
I can not stress enough what a great experience I had with Leslie. He not only finds the right way to teach you the concepts but also makes sure you understands them. I have to say that after multiple sessions it was well worthed, I have passed my class and now I am ready to get my Diploma. Thanks Leslie! Please Keep helping out students !Luis, 12 lessons with LeslieTutor responded:
I enjoyed tutoring Luis. Luis had an obstacle that no other student of mine has ever had. He moved to the United States four years ago. As a result, English is his second language. That is the reason that there are a couple of grammatical errors in his testimonial. Because English is his second language, teaching Luis presented a unique challenge, and he and I worked very hard together to make sure that he understood the accounting concepts necessary to pass the accounting course. Whenever I tutor a student in accounting, I obtain a copy of the material before I meet with him/her. I then review the material before I meet with the student so that I can find a way to make the material easier to understand. Even though I spend many hours before meeting with my student, I only charge my student for the time that I am with the student tutoring. It is so rewarding when I have a student such as Luis who shows such gratitude for helping him complete the course. That made all the work to help Luis understand accounting and graduate from college very rewarding and worthwhile. I hope to find new students to tutor where I can help them learn as I have every student that I have tutored so far.