Our wonderful tutors have contributed their fondest memories and experiences from throughout their years at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, and allowed us to post them on our website for visitors to enjoy!
My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was teaching my first student that both “ge” and “dge” say the sound /j/ at the end of a word. I asked my student when she should spell a word with “dge” or “ge” , and she looked me dead in the eyes, slammed her hands down on the table, and screamed, ” I DON’T KNOW BUT I’M WILLING TO LEARN!”
I have been blessed with wonderful students while tutoring, and have had fun working with them. My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was given a thank you note from a parent explaining the change in her child after his time at the center. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it, knowing what a difference we make.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a tutor is seeing how what we are providing is building confidence and positive self-worth into our students, who often struggle not only with reading but also with feelings of shame, inadequacy, and failure. I will never forget when one of my first students, after persevering through almost two years of tutoring, finally was able to say “wait, I CAN get this”–and not just once, but twice during that day’s lesson. I knew we’d reached an important turning point, and actually teared up right there. Sure enough, this student started soaring after coming to this realization–and I will always be grateful for being part of making a difference in this student’s life.
It was Déjà vu all over again. In my last class I was covering another pair of diphthongs. When I mentioned that these two vowel teams were diphthongs and reviewed what diphthongs were, my student said, “Oh, yeah, we just studied these on Monday.” Sure lent credence to our program!
My next student came in and I had “Ebenezer Scrooge” in his review words. I asked if he had ever heard of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He looked uncertain, so I reviewed a little about the story. “Oh, Dickens,” he said. “We just finished listening to this in class today.” Voila!!! Score! Back to back, no less.
I love seeing each student become more confident and more eager to read on their own. My most memorable tutoring moment was when a student told me, “I’ve gotten so much better at spelling and reading! I’m finally getting it!”
I love coming to see students make a great effort to learn and see their awesome personalities shining through.
I love seeing how much my students’ reading skills and confidence have grown.