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Sep 19 2011
Category: Personal Stories
As a child in elementary school, I struggled. My grades were not of the same quality as that of my friends. My self esteem was not so great and I was heading through a downward spiral in my educational career. Things got so bad that my 4th grade teacher suggested that I repeated the year. My parents did not know what to do. I had been tested and did not appear to have any learning disorders and my brothers and sisters always excelled as students. My mother suggested that I see a Virginia tutor. My father and I resisted this suggestion at first. After all kids that needed a tutor weren’t that bright or so I thought.
In meeting with my first tutor, things clicked almost immediately. The things that I was being taught throughout the school year all seemed to come into focus. It was like at school, I was given all the pieces of the puzzle and through tutoring, these pieces started to fall into place. I initially was embarrassed that I needed a tutor. That embarrassment soon subsided as my grades began to noticeably improve. I no longer struggled, but I still needed a tutor. It has been eight years that I have received individualized teaching. This year, I will graduate with honors. To people who think only the kids who aren’t so bright need a tutor; think again. Tutoring is the most valuable tool that I have had in my educational arsenal and it is a tool I will continue to use.