I’ve always sucked at math. Like literally terrible. I’m almost done with my first year of college, and I still count on my fingers. Throughout my academic career, I was always extremely envious of people who had a natural understanding of subjects that I struggled so much with. You know who I’m talking about- the students who would say, “I barely studied, I for sure failed,” and would end up setting the curve on exams. When I started getting into higher-level mathematics, my frustration along with the confirmation from disappointingly low test scores told me I should probably get some extra help.
Tutoring. I definitely needed tutoring. I laugh about it now, but at the time I thought tutoring was the worst thing in the world. I thought that it meant I was dumber than everyone else. I was so unbelievably wrong.
Don’t be embarrassed if you realize you need tutoring. I’m here to tell you it’s totally okay. Tutoring can only benefit you both short term and long term. Tutors are trained in working with others and are really only there to help you. Whether it’s for homework, federal exams, or applications, there is someone out there who can help you. Not only that, but being exposed to tutoring allows you most likely to be able to pass your knowledge to others who need assistance as well! Swallow your pride. It’s okay.
If you’re worried about the money, try to understand that it is a really good investment. When I needed help with my college applications, I ended up getting a job to help my parents pay for the extra help. It was completely worth it. Many tutors are extremely affordable- it just takes some research. It will benefit you in the long run. And if you really can’t afford it, there are so many alternatives! Many schools have student-learning centers where help is offered. Peer tutoring is also a great alternative! In college, ******take advantage of your professor’s office hours.***** I can’t stress this enough. Form study groups. Look for help online. You’ll thank me later.
Finally, and most importantly, I’ve learned that tutoring enables you to have more time for extra curriculars. With my homework done and understood, in addition to usually getting ahead on future chapters, I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. With my college applications done a month in advance, I had more time to enjoy and cherish my senior year. And with being well prepared for my exams, I felt calm and confident going into them. Don’t forget that school isn’t the most important thing. With tutoring, I found time to figure out what I enjoy doing and what I’m passionate about- a plus to getting great grades!
Research tutoring options in your area. The benefits are endless!