Our volunteer tutors come from all different backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is that they have all been helped by someone along their path. That one person, one experience or one story that has changed their lives and changed their path for the better.
“I grew up in a university town where my Dad was a professor. In high school I never had trouble with math and looked forward to continuing to do well in my freshman year with Calculus. To the contrary, I really struggled. After three courses in Calculus, I had scored a “D” and two “C’s”. My next course was Differential Equations. At some point I mentioned to my Dad that I was having trouble with Calculus and not looking forward to the next class. Unbeknownst to me, he then arranged for a grad student to tutor me. I really benefited from his tutoring and received a “B” in the course.
At the beginning of this GED term, during introductions, I stood up and was planning on mentioning my professional background and where we have lived. Instead, I decided to tell the story of my experience being tutored. I think the students appreciated the fact that sometimes even the tutors need help. We all need a help sometimes.” – BSH Volunteer Tutor.
Many of our adult learners are working full-time, raising a family, and still come to class every week ready to learn because of the support they get from our volunteer tutors, because of the sense of community within their classrooms, and because they are determined to change their path for the better.
Elizabeth Gawrysiak says
I would be interested in more information about being a tutor. I am a retired teacher and have experience tutoring GED students and children residing in homeless shelters.