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Tutor of the Month: Shawn K.

Shawn KTutors at Tutor.com come from all different walks of life. Some are retirees looking to help students across the country, others are current professionals looking to earn some extra income, and many are recent grads getting ready to jumpstart their careers. Shawn K. falls into the last group. With a career in children’s literature on the horizon, Shawn currently puts her writing expertise to work helping students with their English and Writing assignments. Check out our Q&A with her below!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in North Carolina and have been tutoring with Tutor.com for five months. I graduated from North Carolina State University last December where I studied English with a focus on creative writing. Go Wolkpack! Right now I tutor English, Essay Writing, and Social Studies with Tutor.com and am working on my first novel. I hope to break into the field of children’s literature.

How did you find out about Tutor.com?
I was looking into some different tutoring opportunities but realized that with gas prices, traveling to and from each student’s home wouldn’t be financially beneficial. A friend of my mother’s told me I should look into online tutoring and Tutor.com ended up being an excellent fit for me!

Glad to hear that! What makes it a great fit?
Tutor.com is not just a part-time job to pay some bills, though the extra income is a major bonus. It’s a rewarding experience. I know that I’m devoting my time to something worthwhile and helping students feel more confident in their studies and themselves. Every session is a new puzzle to figure out, and when those pieces fit into place – nothing’s better!

What is your favorite part of tutoring in general?
I love that moment when the concept I’m working on with the student “clicks” in their brain. It’s very rewarding. I think I’m more excited than they are!

Why do you think the 1-to-1 feature of Tutor.com is so important?
I think any time you can focus all of your attention on one student and cater to their specific learning style, chances of educational success increase 100-fold. Also, students are also more likely to express confusion or uncertainty on a subject in a one on one situation. It’s just an ideal setting for honesty and openness.

What advice do you have for students looking to improve in 2013?
Organize, organize, organize. It sounds simple but the benefits are endless. Seeing what you have due in the coming weeks allows you to prepare accordingly. Devoting a little bit of time each night to a large assignment means avoiding that last minute panic mode. Studying for a test for 30 minutes each day will yield better results than cramming for four hours the night before.

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