Tutoring 101

My name is Cherrylita Turner. I am a native of Portland, Oregon. I am currently the President of Social Media and Public Relations of a new company called Youth Forum Intl. I enjoy writing because it provides an outlet to help others on various topics. I have a BA in Psychology from Concordia University and a MS in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix. I have worked with youth and families for over 15 years. I currently live in Chicago with my husband and three children.

It is easy to become overwhelmed in college; first time away from home, meeting new friends along with all the cool social events, and learning about your new environment all at once, can have your mind reeling without a moment notice. Now, top all that off with your coursework, and you have an interesting set up for the semester. But no worries, even the most complex situations have a solution.
As an incoming freshman, you are just learning your way and getting the grade is just part of the equation. For the longest, there has been a guardian waking you up for school, talking to your teachers, and creating opportunities for tutoring so that you understood your courses. Now, it falls on you ,and of course it looks easy until the professor says, “Read 50 pages” or “Complete equations 1-30” and you will be tested on this information. Students have to learn that tutoring is part of education, and accepting responsibility to be accountable for their grades is the first step to success in college. However, success is not just about the grade, but the process to achieve the grade. What is your process? Everyone has to have one. Are you the last minute student who crams for the test? Or do you start as soon as the professor sets the test date? Every student has a method, but I can tell you waiting last minute can prove to be hard to recover from.
So, here is the scenario; you have been studying for hours and you are still having a problem connecting the dots. Your test is in a few days and you have no idea how to get the help you need in such a short amount of time. First, it is important to understand that getting a jumpstart on your studies is the best way to get prepared for the exam. Never wait until the last minute, but if that does happen (and it does, after all you are just starting), make sure you have networked with a few of your classmates for a couple of study dates before the test, so you can understand the concepts together; a few heads are better than one. Also, make sure to ask your professor if he/she tutors, usually they have set aside time to help a student prepare. It is important to know how your school operates when it comes to tutoring. Is there a tutoring center on site? Is there a tutoring board that shows available tutors? (Be flexible some of you do not like waking up early, but if that is all that is offered, take it). Your college experience involves preparation and that concept is not easily learned, but once you start it, it then becomes part of your routine. Some routines are hard to break, therefore, think of tutoring as part of the experience, your experience. See there is always a light at the end of the tunnel!

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