After reading about TutorSpree I remembered some stories about tutoring. Working at a private school that is largely composed of non-native-english-speaking (is that a run-on hyphenation?) students, there are occasional opportunities to tutor. My wife took the opportunity to help out a first grade student who was struggling. The going rate for private tutoring at our school is $20 for an hour of instruction. It is usually done after school. Some parents seek a tutor for the summer which would work more hours – trying to give an immersion type experience to their kids. These seem like great opportunities to help kids that are struggling.
One of our friends in Ulaanbaatar has a summer job of spending time working with a child that is lower in English proficiency. She also interviewed for camps and earlier in the year was doing classes twice a week in conversational English with adults. Clearly there is a demand for tutors in overseas settings that want to improve English.
Once my wife had a meeting but had tutoring scheduled. I filled in. It was a neat opportunity to work one on one with a kid in something outside of my normal teaching duties… and with an age group I do not usually work with.
In college I had tutored and been tutored. Sometimes peers can get through in a way that teachers may not. I liked the tutoring that I did in college and really appreciated those that have tutored me – both formally and informally.
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