Thursday, January 21, 2010

Homework help and Tutoring Spotlight: Joseph Hill and Anna Stoto


Every day after school, Thurgood Marshall Academy opens its library for tutoring, remediation, and academic counseling. Some students come in to finish powerpoint presentations, some to study for a test, others simply to finish their latest reading assignment in The Souls of Black Folk. For 9th grader Joseph Hill and a handful of other students, the library is a place where they can receive one-on-one tutoring from our team of dedicated volunteer tutors. Joe and his tutor Anna Stoto have been working together for a few months and here is what they have to say about their tutoring experience.

Question: How did you find out about tutoring at TMA?
Anna: I found out about tutoring through a friend.

Question: Describe some projects and assignments you have worked on together.
Anna and Joseph: We started on a math cartoon, we worked some on the distributive property and are currently working on a PowerPoint.

Question: Describe some challenges of tutoring.
Anna: I'm 8 or 9 years out of working on the work he is assigned, and it's hard to find the best way to explain subjects and meet him where he is at.

Question: What is your favorite part of tutoring?
Joseph: When I have everything in order and done. Also, I like having someone to ask questions.
Anna: I've tutored with other organizations and I like working with Joe because I am able to get to know him better. I like building a relationship with one student.

Question: How does working with a tutor differ than working independently?
Joseph: Because I am actually able to get my work done!

Thurgood Marshall Academy matches students from all grade levels with volunteer tutors who provide one-on-one support as part of the Homework Help program. The tutoring sessions take place in the library from 3:30-6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm and 3:30-5pm on Fridays. We are currently looking for tutors in all subject areas including math, science, history, English, law and Spanish.

Please contact Tim Prendergast at tprendergast@tmapchs.org if you are interested in becoming a tutor.

A huge thank you to our current tutors at TMA! We are grateful for your commitment to our students' success!!

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