March’s Tutor Highlight is Xuan Wu!
The student needed help with drawing a plot that I’ve not used for quite a while. After frankly admitting that I needed to recapture how to draw it, we checked two examples in the class notes carefully together. Then the student realized how to determine the range in the number line, and continued independently. I merely helped interpreting an acronym, which obviously take extra effort for new students. A little before the session ended, the student finished all and said that I helped on the key-points. That acknowledgement meant a lot to me, especially as a new tutor.
How did you get involved with BATA?
Found BATA when looking for ways to help the local community through tutoring.
How long have you been a tutor with BATA?
Since this September (2022)
How have the students responded to you?
It’s nice to see the new students leaving in a good mood, and to see the students I helped before saying hi with some excitement.
What subject(s) are you passionate about?
Though I helped math homework more than others during the program, I hope to share different perspectives and techniques of problem-solving, which can be applied to other subjects.
What do you enjoy most about tutoring?
Seeing students’ creativity.
Why is it important to tutor students?
Some students just need a little more encouragement and patience to grow their interest in studying.
How has working with BATA had an impact on you?
Make me more patient and think more from students’ view.
What has been the biggest surprise about tutoring at BATA?
Diversity in the students, with very different background and characteristics.
Any words of encouragement for potential volunteers:
With the inclusive culture here, we can get the community more connected and stronger, and it’s particularly precious at difficult times.
At BATA, tutors are the foundation of the Association and our greatest asset. Thank you Xuan for making a difference!
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