As an online reading tutor I often don't get to meet the students that I work with. However, this past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with an astounding student I have been helping since June of 2014. She lives about 2 hours away from San Jose, California. This past weekend I happened to be traveling to San Jose for a business function and they were visiting San Jose for a Christmas party. We decided to meet up at the hotel I was staying at since I didn't have a car and my conference started at 9:00. We met for breakfast at 8:00 and honestly we could have gone on talking for hours.
People used to ask me if tutoring online was not personal enough for kids. I used to laugh inside my head at that question because it is absolutely personal. Just because I can't touch you physically doesn't mean that I can't touch your heart. As you can see from this lovely picture of the two of us, it looks like we have known each other forever. I love this girl and the progress she has made and it gave me the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with the entire family.
The entire day I was at my conference I was ecstatic because I was able to connect with this amazing child. All of my students have something special to offer the world and Piper has a shining personality and a never give up attitude that is going to take her very far in life. She has improved so much in her reading that she no longer needs to go to a reading specialist at her school for additional interventions. We are continuing to close her non-fiction reading gap, but that will easily come with a little bit more time.
I love that I am able to travel the world, tutor online, and make a difference in kids lives. After talking with this wonderful family over breakfast, we really got to know each other on a deeper level. They expressed their gratitude for the work that I have been doing and they shared a special story with me about how Piper does her tutoring.
Piper has her tutoring session at 6:30 am in the morning before school because she is so active after school. This is perfect for me because of the 2 hour time difference. I am able to drop off my kids at school a little early and make it home in time to tutor Piper. Piper sets her alarm on her side to wake up at 6:00 so that she can tutor with me. Piper's mom doesn't have to ever remind her and she is always at her sessions on time. Her mom let me know that this is because she is so excited to work with me. These kind of stories are so touching to me. They let me know that I am making a difference in another's life and that what I do is valued. I love that Piper's mom allows Piper to be self-sufficient and gives her the responsibility to do what she needs to do. This is a mom that really cares about giving her child what she needs and allowing her to be responsible for her own education.
Who knew? Tutoring online can be fun, personable, and rewarding. Well, I guess I knew all along since I started this business. Just not all people believed it could be possible when I first started out. I am so grateful that I didn't listen to the nay sayers and I followed my dream of teaching struggling readers to become better readers via online tutoring.
What are your thoughts about online tutoring?