A lot of people tell me that I’m a good tutor. But, before I mostly thought they were being polite. Or they hadn’t been tutored before and had nothing to compare me to. Or they meant “compared to my crappy prof, you make sense.” One of my students told me that he had a tutor a year or two before who had fallen asleep in the middle of a tutoring session. Not only that, but it was in the middle of a sentence that the tutor was saying. “…he just sort of trailed off.” So, I’m better than that guy at least. And then, I suggested a few of my students contact a friend for tutoring when I wasn’t sure I would be able to accommodate anymore extra appointments during the exam period. I met them after and they told me how bad she was. Apparently she arrived and just sat there expecting them to ask her questions. When, really, they were sufficiently lost that they didn’t even know how to formulate a coherent question. Three of my students told me it was very bad. So, at least now I know that I’m better than a few other tutors out there. Last year a few students even bought me Christmas gifts which was really sweet of them.
16 04 2007