Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities
From my middle school to college career, I had to work twice as hard as the rest of the students because I had a learning disability. The teachers and doctors never could exactly diagnose what disability I had but believe it was a mild form of Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD. I would have to work and study harder than anyone in my class just to get C+ range grades. Repetition was the key I would have to study over and over and over to retain the information. I often would have to rely on tricks to get the information to stick in my head.
It was always frustrating having to work so hard at getting information to stick in my head. Most of the other students in my high school and college classes seemed to be doing fine and could memorize without a problem. But right around my junior year in high school I found the key to my success in school. It wasn’t repeating the information over and over, it was having a tutor. Having a tutor allowed me to have a personal teacher in the room with me that I could ask any questions. It also allowed my tutor to find things that worked for me and that did not. The personal attention is what I needed and allowed me to get better grades. I was a little bit apprehensive about having to leave my tutor when I left home for school.
When I got to college one of the first things I did was to try to find a tutor for me since I knew I couldn’t do without one. I went to my professors as well as the disability services building and had little help finding a tutor for my classes. Finally after using one of the online tutor searching websites I was able to find a local tutor. Finding a tutor online was great for me because I was able to read about the tutor before I started with him as well as read other people’s reviews about him. And the best part about the whole thing was that he only charged $25 per hour. He was much cheaper than my high school tutor.
My college tutor over time started to learn my strengths and weakness and areas that I needed extra help with. He also was able to figure out the best way for me to learn with my learning disability. My college grades started to improve again and I actually stopped worrying about failing out of college. Had I not been able to search for a tutor online, I probably never would have found one.
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