"It's really nice to get out of the MIT bubble by tutoring. Tutoring only takes up a few hours a week, but they are some of the most enjoyable hours of my week."
How would you briefly describe your experience as a ReachOut Tim Tutor?
Since the beginning of my freshman year, I’ve been going to a children’s center twice a week to help students with homework. Working with younger kids means a lot of my time is spent keeping them occupied. Sometimes this means writing out new word problems and sometimes this means sketching pictures for them to color in.
What did it mean to you to be able to tutor children in the Cambridge area?
Even though I have been living and studying here in Cambridge for a few semesters, I definitely don't get to spend much time with the people who actually live here. It's really nice to get out of the MIT bubble by tutoring. Tutoring only takes up a few hours a week, but they are some of the most enjoyable hours of my week.
What do you think your work means for the community in which you served?
The students benefit a lot from getting some one-on-one time, especially with reading. If you rush a child's reading, they don't gain much from it. Most of these children go to schools with large class sizes and come home to parents who are very busy with work. It helps that I can work with small groups for a couple of hours every week.
Photo: (Left to right) Ike Urquhart, Claire Nobuhara, Chiara Magini