So, school's started up again. But this quarter is radically different because I am now, officially, an employee at my college :). I'm a tutor and I tutor English and Spanish. No, I don't get too confused about that.
At first I was daunted by our mission statement. I'm to be a model student, helping students to learn how to learn. I'm supposed to change their way of learning and to motivate, mentor, encourage and facilitate valuable learning discussions in every session. That's definitely a high standard.
So yesterday I sat down with my first student. I literally ran into the Tutoring Center, at 12:07 (my class ends at 12:05, go figure) for my 12:00 appointment. "What happened?" She said sourly, glaring up at me. I swallowed, smiled (while wiping sweat off of my forehead), and tried to remember the first session steps. I made it through okay :)
Thank goodness I was homeschooled. It was almost easier than tutoring younger siblings. Because she didn't complain to Mama. Okay now, totally kidding!
Anyway, I loved it. I loved it. I will adore my job. I loved explaining the same thing in several different ways, I loved showing my tutee how to use resources. One of my favorite parts was having her make examples for me that were actually right! And the best? The aha! moment, when the lights came on and she smiled so happily.
I have two appointments tomorrow; we're gonna have so much fun :)