Mary & Natalie
We started tutoring to be involved with the community. We wanted to gain new skills and work with a diverse population. The language barrier is difficult. Seeing people get frustrated is hard. But you also see their progress and how their confidence grows. And you know that you've been a part of it. If you're thinking about tutoring--do it! It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
As English speakers, we take a lot of things for granted. I'm a literacy tutor for a 50-year-old gentleman. We meet 3 days a week for 2 hours a day. When we started working together, he took a literacy test and he was a level 0. In a little over a month, he re-tested at level 3. That's such a huge improvement! It's a rewarding feeling, to see his progress. I get to see those "ah-ha!' moments when something clicks for him. Sometimes tutoring is challenging. Like, for example, trying to explain English grammar rules that just don't make sense. When you tutor, you teach others, but you learn a lot about yourself, too.