Professional Tutor, Henderson, NC - May 15, 2017
The management of the academic skills center at Vance-Granville Community College is very friendly and accommodating. The overall environment can vary from semester to semester, with some student tutors graduating and a different group of students coming in for help. As a professional tutor, I helped manage the front desk, answered phone calls and transferred them as necessary, made phone calls and sent out emails to tutors and students, constructed spreadsheets for various statistical information, scheduled appointments, and tutored students. On average, 3 hours of the day are usually spent tutoring students, though this can vary wildly depending on the subject manner (I personally specialized in Mathematics, Sciences, and Computer Skills), when material is due, when a test is coming up, when the withdrawal date is coming, and when the end of the semester is approaching. Also, the overall availability of hours and whether a particular student wants to stick to one particular tutor can also affect how many hours are spent tutoring, in comparison to other duties. From this job, I learned new ways to explain concepts and basic office skills. The hardest part of the job is usually when you feel there is a student you cannot help enough for them to pass. There is only so much a tutor can do with a particular student a few hours a week, and sometimes it may not be enough. At the same time though, the most enjoyable part of the job is explaining the subjects and materials you have a particular passion for.