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Before I realized I had a gift in tutoring as a professional activity in and of itself, I used to do a little bit of it as part of my job as a 1-on-1 and Family Community Support and Intensive In-Home behaviorist.  While I performed many functions which straddled the fence between mental health and social work, a large part of my job involved coordinating between my clients (usually teens and/or their family members), parents, teachers, other medical professionals, community leaders such as activities coaches and clergy, and etc.     Today, I find that one of the things that propels my tutoring into the realm of excellence is my ability to coordinate with parents, teachers, siblings, other students, etc. to ensure students are working with the appropriate content, are properly motivated, and experience realistic social situations (sometimes supportive, sometimes challenging) in order to maximize student enjoyment and achievement.   For example, if... read more

She is only in 1st grade, and she was having trouble with math. Her worksheet grades were really low (40s to 60s). The first student I ever tutored, and from the first moment I laid eyes on her, I knew there was something special about her.  She is so bright and full of energy, already mastering two languages, both English and Spanish.  But her trouble was with math, I encouraged her by telling her that she has the potential to be the best math student in her class.  She would get discouraged and cry at times, but for some reason after I cleared a few kinks she improved 100%.  She just recently had a major math test,  and she makes a 92.  I don't brag about my students, but for me she deserves it.  What a rewarding experience, to find out that your student improved so much, due to what you helped her with...Joe :)    

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