Audrey M. is a high school guidance counselor currently living in Japan with her family. Audrey’s husband is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and has been in the service for more than 25 years. They have one daughter, Chelsea, who is 13 years old. This military family has been stationed overseas for the past nine years because of her husband’s career. As a parent and a guidance counselor, Audrey has seen firsthand how Tutor.com/military has positively impacted military-connected children.
Tutor.com: How did you find out about Tutor.com/military?
Audrey: We were introduced to Tutor.com/military in 2015, while stationed in Alice Springs, Australia, through the U.S. School Liaison Representative’s newsletter. Chelsea started using it for math support and currently uses it for help with multiple subjects.
Tutor.com: What are some of the challenges of living outside of the U.S. with a school aged daughter?
Audrey: Some of the challenges include a lack of resources and continuity. Our daughter has always attended school overseas in a transient community, where peer relationships are short-term, and academic and extracurricular resources are limited. It was particularly challenging when Chelsea had to attend a private school when we moved to Australia. The mathematics and language arts curriculum and standards were unfamiliar, the way the classroom was run was not what she was accustomed to, and trying to find her way and place within the school community was daunting.
Tutor.com: How does Tutor.com/military help with this?
Audrey: Tutor.com/military is a significant help in mitigating the resource gap. Having 24-hour access is important due to the time zone difference of living in Japan. While attending an Australian school, Chelsea was not exposed to a U.S.-based education. Therefore, we supplemented it with after-school lessons and used Tutor.com/military as a primary resource.
Tutor.com: From your unique perspective of both parent and education professional, what do you like best about Tutor.com/military?
Audrey: As both a parent and professional, I’m a strong advocate of Tutor.com/military. The tutors are always available, regardless of the time zone. Also, the tutors point students in the right direction without doing the work for them and provide positive feedback on the student’s progress. I have seen an increase in both my daughter’s and my students’ self-confidence and academic performance since they began using Tutor.com/military. Because of the anonymity, the program allows students to be candid about their level of understanding and ask questions they wouldn’t otherwise ask in the classroom setting.
Tutor.com: What would you tell other military personnel and their families about Tutor.com/military?
Audrey: I would encourage every military parent with a child to make this program a part of your child’s educational support plan. It does not matter how advanced or gifted a child is: everyone has a question at some point in their academic quest. Tutor.com/military is a benefit that aids in relieving stress that comes along with temporary single parenting and helps our daughter maintain academic stability in the midst of social and emotional adversity.
Tutor.com: What would you say to those who make funding decisions about the program?
Audrey: This is a vital program that supports our military families and is a profound investment in our nation. This program helps kids function at their full potential by building confident, educated, and ultimately productive members of society.