March 28, 2017 Spotlight Tutor-Mentor
This week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor is Maggie Chin! Maggie teaches a number of students in Vancouver, BC. Like any great tutor-mentor, she knows that helping students gain confidence and a passion for learning is just as important as helping them improve their academic ability. We asked Maggie a few questions about what makes her such a successful Tutor-Mentor.
I believe that being a tutor-mentor is not only about getting kids to learn and retain knowledge, it also allows an opportunity for tutors to help students build confidence in themselves and that is what I like best about being a tutor. There are many kids out there who think that they are inherently terrible at a subject, but a word of encouragement or praise here and there can spark a huge difference in student learning and internal motivation.
I enjoy teaching math because of the satisfaction students feel when they complete a multi-step question correctly. Those “A-Ha!” moments are great opportunities of motivation for students who feel as though math is not their strongest subject.
My favourite moment as a tutor was when my youngest tutee first started to learn cursive writing. He was incredibly proud of himself as none of his classmates were writing cursive yet. He started practicing outside of our sessions and displaying his writing on his fridge. Seeing a student so excited and pleased with their achievements was extremely rewarding.
During my free time, I like to bring my two dogs for hikes and bike rides around town. I also enjoy bird watching and traveling with my family on fishing expeditions.
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