Pros: helping students gain understanding of material, getting a math review of my own.
Cons: overwhelming at times
At Smith, I work as a tutor. During my tutoring hours, undergraduates come in for assistance with their homework. I float from student to student helping them work through problems and trying to give them new ways to view the material that may help their learning style. I work with two other tutors, and we each try to address the students' questions. – more... The hardest part of this job is when I, or the other two tutors, am stuck on a problem the student has. At times like these, I doubt my abilities; however, working through a problem where both I and the student are stuck, helps solidify concepts in my mind and the student's mind. Last week, I helped a student study for a quiz she was taking in the immediate future. After helping her review, you could see she saw and understood the material in a new light, and was more prepared to take her quiz. This is a very rewarding part of my job. – less