From General Studies Students
I take life one day at a time. This class taught me to look into the future.
You believed in me and gave me the extra opportunities I needed to succeed and I thank you.
I turned the whole quarter around just because of this class.
The most valuable thing I took away from this class was my relationship with my tutor...the fact that she actually cares about how I do makes me want to do well.
I am glad I was able to be a part of this General Studies class. I loved the discussions because they allowed me to think of the topics on a deeper level, and encouraged others to do the same.
The skills I learned from this class helped me get through my first quarter of college. From this class, I learned how to prioritize my time, effectively use my daily planner, read strategically, and prepare for in-class essays.
I think just being in the class and engaging in the conversation that takes place helps me present my ideas without being shy. This is the only class where I felt at home talking in front of everyone and sharing my ideas.
Throughout this quarter I have taken my share of classes, and I can honestly say that the General Studies class has been the most challenging class I have taken so far. The reason I say this is because it has tested me in ways that I haven't yet [been tested].
The aspect that interested me most about the class is that it is a small class, so you are able to connect with your teachers and classmates on a personal level.
Through this class I have made new friends and it helped me adapt to college classes by teaching me useful techniques in writing papers and reading effectively.
I have gotten a lot out of this class. My writing has improved tremendously from the start of the class to now...I have never gotten as much in-depth feedback as I have in this class.
After leaving high school and attending the University of Washington, the transition from being directed in what to do to finding your own path was a big one. The tutoring program helped me learn how to focus my time, and made sure the journey down my path of choice was successful and efficient.
When it came to brainstorming, outlining, and writing a paper, [my tutor/mentor's] abilities were greatly helpful. Because of our different majors, [my tutor/mentor] has showed me how to approach studying differently.
Having a tutor/mentor that was incredibly well-suited for me was such a blessing. I feel as if I've not only gained a tutor, but a really great friend who is out to see me win. I have continuously felt as if she was able to successfully support my transition from community college transfer to a full-time university student.
The skills that I have learned in this class I will continue to use the rest of my college career. I believe that this class has been extremely beneficial and I wish that it were longer.
Another excellent thing that this course provided was excellent feedback. The amount of feedback I received I would never have expected from a college course.
As I progress on in my undergraduate education, the experiences I've gained through this tutor-mentorship will definitely be my foundation to learn what the real world truly entails.
This student to tutor-mentor relationship, in one quarter alone, changed not only my life as a university student but also as a peer.
I learned that it shouldn't be my goal to help him by teaching him math but by showing him how to find the help he needs.
I found myself learning how to cultivate a space for committed service in the face of disagreement.
I think the most beneficial part of taking this course was the ways in which being someone else's inspiration for academic accountability encouraged me to be even more on top of my own school career.
I plan on taking this seminar again in the future as it was a fantastic experience that I would recommend everyone try.
Through the tutor mentorship experience, I learned more about my own academic, social, and familial experiences in high school and college and I realized how grateful I am for the preparation I received before coming to the UW.
I have been given a new challenge every time I take a student on, and the experience I have gained has been invaluable. I have been exposed to a number of potential areas of improvement with students, and have been challenged to work with the students to improve these issues. I often feel like I am getting as much out of these sessions as the students I am tutoring, and I feel like this speaks to the power of peer tutoring.
There is little else more satisfying than helping another person realize a standard or expectation that they either thought they could not reach or is above and beyond their previous levels of achievement...I am extremely grateful for this unique opportunity and I am proud of my contribution and efforts on behalf of both my students and my seminar classes.
This experience has motivated me to continue a pathway towards education. To be a mentor or an educator is an incredible learning experience, and I hope to continue in this field.
My successful experience as a tutor/mentor has left me feeling more comfortable with myself as an instructor. I feel much more confident in my own organization and academic skills because I was able to help my students.