As a child, seeing my mom spend so much time on others motivated me as well. I had my first experience helping someone that I did not know very well when I entered high school. My high school has a peer tutoring program, Sttar tutoring, which allows upperclassmen to help their peers in a subject of their choice. Sttar tutoring began shaping the way I viewed those that needed help in academics. One of my first tutees had trouble understanding chemistry concepts, but more importantly, lacked self-confidence. Frustrated with repeated incorrect answers, she was on the brink of giving up. As a tutor, I learned to sympathize with tutee’s difficulties and encourage them to continue trying. Through perseverance, my first tutee was able to finish the semester with an A. She began to believe that with enough effort, she would become a “good student.” It is sad to see students like her be quickly labeled as unintelligent, when they simply needed more time to understand the material.
My goals as a tutor are to not only foster a positive learning environment, but to help my tutees build self-confidence in all aspects of the classes they take: from grasping the course material to answering questions and everything else in between. I look forward to seeing where my tutees will be in the future. That is what I enjoy most about teaching others—watching them succeed.
I really enjoy working with PEACE because it provides an avenue for personalized tutoring. As a result, students are able to ask questions they might not otherwise ask during group tutoring. Everyone learns differently, and through 1-on-1 tutoring, I am able to tailor my teaching style to meet the needs of each tutee. In addition, I am able to create a more intimate tutor-tutee relationship that is more difficult to achieve through group tutoring. I really enjoy seeing my tutee’s growth through each session and appreciate the fact that PEACE has enabled me to do so.