Youth Forward scholarship summer 2016 – Tutoring Kids in the Subject of Success

Name: Bianca Bonwell
From: Murrieta, California
Grade: 11
School: Vista Murrieta High School
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Kids in the Subject of Success

As I sit at the table and watch a group of six sophomore’s help each
other solve a chemistry problem, I notice that the number of
significant figures they counted was wrong. I mention the mistake,
and like a light bulb being turned on for the first time, all six of
their voices sang in harmony the words “I get it now”. That
simple sentence is something I love to hear every day with these
sophomores. I am an AVID tutor for a sophomore class and I have been
their tutor for two consecutive years. Being with them throughout
most of the school year has made me grow tremendously, which is why I
chose to be their tutor again. I have experienced what it is like to
struggle in school and be afraid to ask for help. I wanted these
sophomores to be able to express themselves freely with someone that
they can trust and not be afraid of.

As their tutor, I see them every other day for approximately an hour.
Study events that occur outside of school may extend the amount of
time I see the students on a yearly basis. I am more of a facilitator
than a person who simply gives them the answers. Along with tutoring
them, I check their binders and notes to make sure that they are
staying organized, which is an attribute that should stick with
someone for their entire life. However, being a tutor in a class full
of 10
th graders can be difficult at times. My biggest challenge has been
balancing the role of being a friend and a professional at the same
time. Seeing a student struggle is something that pains me, but I
constantly have to remind myself that by giving them the answer, I am
only harming them. What has given me the most satisfaction is seeing
them solve a problem on their own.At times they begin to doubt
themselves, but seeing them perservere is something that will always
make me proud.

Being a tutor has opened up my eyes to life lessons that can be applied to every aspect of my life. I have come to accept the fact that not everyone learns at the same level, meaning some will take one minute
and others will take one week. Accepting this and working with it has
allowed me to be more patient. I now take the steps needed, which has
lessened my stress and allowed me to accept what comes my way, good
or bad. My future seems more controlled and I will succeed in life
rather than struggle. As for the rest of the world, I hope these
sophomores apply everything I have taught them into their own lives
and share it with everyone around them. If I were to come back later
on in life, my only hope is that these students grow up to be leaders
in the world and become selfless.

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