Tutoring students in ESL promotes an active engagement in learning and understanding fundamental aspects of the English language. Students come from all backgrounds, needing help reading or understanding directions and being able to complete their homework. It’s up to the NHS tutors to take on a leadership role to tutor students with patience and genuine interest. Through tutoring students in ESL, I learned how to help at different levels and in a personalized way. Every student is different, has varying interests and learns in a separate way. This ultimately makes tutoring more fun and interesting.
I tutor in the morning and after school throughout the week, helping students with homework not only for English but for other subjects where students need to understand directions. Overall my experiences with tutoring have been positive and insightful. Being able to remember the names of students that come regularly has become something to look forward to as well. The most memorable moments are when you are able to find a conversation topic beyond school and connect with those you are helping. In addition, I see many of the people I have helped in the past and even if it’s just a recognition with a smile, it creates a meaningful feeling. Tutoring regularly changed the way I view understanding and how a small act from my part as a tutor, can provide help and connections beyond what most would expect.