March 21, 2017 Spotlight Tutor-Mentor
This week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor is Margot MacEwen! Margot is an expert in the humanities, and her enthusiasm is apparent in the enriching and meaningful connections she forms with her students. In addition to being a mother of two, Margot is one of our best Tutor-Mentors. We asked Margot a few questions about what makes her such a successful Tutor-Mentor.
What I like best about being a tutor-mentor is making a genuine connection with the student and fostering an impact on their their thinking and how they feel about themselves. Working one-on-one with students of various ages and stages, breaking down concepts, and offering new approaches and perspectives to material is some of the most enriching and fulfilling work I’ve ever done. I don’t view it as a job, but rather as an opportunity, for both myself and the student. To make a difference in someone’s academic life and how they feel about the curriculum, about their ability to learn, and ultimately about themselves is an incredible process for me to be a part of.
I enjoy English, Languages, Social Sciences & Humanities the most because these are the areas in which I excelled most at school. I feel a connection and a passion towards words and expression, theoretical concepts and perspectives, and areas which explain the human experience. Whether it’s History or Poetry, Sociology or Reading Comprehension, I feel a kinship with expression and humanistic theory.
My favourite moment as a tutor is when a sense of trustworthiness is built between the student and myself. A sense of ease and trust allows the student to relax and open up about how they feel towards the subject, how they feel towards their teacher and school, and where they see themselves fitting in with the particular subject matter. It allows me to be a cheerleader for the student’s progress and gives me a clearer road map of how to approach the tutoring process.
My first love is spending time with my two young daughters – they are my greatest pride and joy. Also, in my free time I enjoy dog walking, hiking and the outdoors. I am interested in yoga and fitness, as well as music, film, books and good conversation.
000It’s true that not all learning is done in the classroom, but without the structure of tests, assignments, and deadlines,
001This week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor is Eiger Tolledo! Eiger teaches math in Scarborough. He is a graduate of U of T