Posted By Meredith Crawford
Get to know your TutaPoint tutors with Six Questions With…a new series of tutor profiles.
1) When and why did you first become involved with TutaPoint?
I worked as a peer tutor at my high school and I wanted a similar job during my college years. Since the tutoring positions were full at my college when I applied, I searched the internet for other ways to apply my skills. That is how I found Tutapoint.
2) What was one thing you struggled with when you were a student?
In high school, I did well, but in my first semester of college, it was challenging to meet the specific requirements of each class. There were many times in college when I knew what was being reviewed in class, but I was unsure how to apply that knowledge. I have come to realize that learning one concept at a time is helpful, but it is also valuable to learn how certain concepts are connected. As a tutor, what I have learned from my academic challenges is that each student has a different learning method. Letting a student start out a problem alone helps me understand his/her abilities and the details of the task. This helps me guide the student towards his/her goals.
3) What were your favorite and least favorite subjects in school?
My favorite subject was Spanish. Even now, I enjoy manipulating grammar rules, practicing my pronunciation, and reading various novels. My least favorite subject was history. I enjoy reading in general, but reciting a considerable amount of facts in a fast-paced academic setting was unappealing to me. I liked history, but I liked all of my other school subjects more.
4) What’s your tutoring philosophy?
I believe that any student can learn with enough effort and support. I’ve heard many students unwilling to learn a school subject because they are told — mainly by their peers — that it is difficult or strange. Once students understand that they already know a valuable amount of material, they realize that learning a challenging subject is more manageable than what they first thought. As a tutor, I strive to help students appreciate what they have already learned and to guide them toward their goals.
5) What do you do for work outside of TutaPoint?
I’m a full-time college student working with TutaPoint. And though the two affairs are separate, TutaPoint has helped me appreciate diverse learning viewpoints. I oftentimes find myself thinking like the student to help him/her understand a concept from a different point of view. This way of thinking, when applied in my college classrooms, helps me understand my classmates and my professors more completely.
6) What’s your hobby or passion?
I enjoy music. I listen to music on the radio, I play music on my guitar and piano, and I study music theory daily. My favorite thing to do on my weekends is playing my guitar.