My tutoring job went so wonderfully yesterday! I went to my old elementary school to pick him up and it was SO WEIRD to be back. I felt like a giant! When the bell rang there were suddenly millions of tiny little people running every which way.
And all the little chairs and desks seem soooooo teeny tiny! It was also strange seeing so many of my old teachers. I felt like I needed a t-shirt that said, “Yep. I’m still here…my back is broken. Don’t judge me.” haha but I don’t think anybody really was.
The fourth grader I tutor is such a total sweetheart. He was really quiet when I first picked him up but he got way more talkative as time went on. When we got home and pulled out his homework he decided to start with his astronomy word search. That sucker was hard!
About four words in I started helping him because word searches always seemed like such busy work to me so I wanted us to get through it quickly. Suddenly he threw up his hands and said, “Oh my gosh I am going to die! This homework is going to kill me!”
To which I responded, “No you seriously cannot die today. This is my first day as your tutor and your mom would be SO mad at me if I killed you off on the first day.”
Apparently that was all I needed to break the ice with him, he laughed and laughed and laughed and pretended to be his mom yelling, “I will never forgive you!!!!” Leave it to little kids to make you feel freaking hilarious.
I also got TWO other jobs yesterday! The first is a house sitting gig this weekend that I have a meeting for today at 11am. When I was talking on the phone with the woman whose house I’m supposed to sit on this weekend, I mentioned I was tutoring a fourth grader. She then gave my name to the mom of a sophomore having trouble in geometry and BAM! another job. I am suddenly a woman with a schedule.
Now I just have to turn myself back into the girl who got a perfect score on her geometry final. Yikes. I can do it! It’s amazing how quickly stuff comes back to you. In fact, it is kind of maddening. It’s like “WHAT?!? NO!!! This is NOT this easy. It just CAN’T BE!!!! I wasted weeks of my life on this!!!!”
haha anyway. Busy-ish week ahead. In a couple months when I am taking a full schedule of online classes and tutoring two kids I will once again have the super full, productive schedule I am used to and I cannot wait.
Did you ever use a tutor growing up? What makes a great tutor?