Academic Support Center, McCutchan Hall
Testimonials from Former Employees
Amy Matthews, former
Writing Tutor, Spring 2014.Working in the Writing Center as a tutor has been a great experience for me. Not only did it allow me to improve the skills of others, but my own work grew throughout the experience. The most rewarding thing about working as a tutor is seeing the growth of students that continuously make appointments with you. I have had several students throughout my years that have made repeat appointments with me, and it’s awesome to see their writing skills improve. The experience of working as a Writing Center Tutor has been invaluable, and there has been so much that I learned from the experience. I would recommend working in the Tutorial Center to anyone who is interested; you will build relationships with students, and communication skills that will last a lifetime!
--Amy Matthews, Writing Tutor, Spring 2014
Ashley Pozel, former
English SI, Spring 2014.For the past three years, I have served as a writing tutor and supplemental instructor, a position for which I am extremely grateful. Not only has being a member of the Tutorial Center increased my knowledge of subject matter, but it has also readily prepared me for my future career in education. My ability to pass on knowledge to others has improved significantly since working as a tutor, significantly helping me in my field placements and job searches. Ultimately, this job has benefited me in many ways; however, perhaps the greatest reward of my position here has been the connection I've made with fellow tutors and clients. The rapport built with my clients has helped me continue to enjoy going to work each day, and the relationships I have developed with my colleagues have grown into long-lasting friendships. I appreciate all of my time spent working for the Tutorial Center, and it has provided me with immeasurable benefits.
--Ashley Pozel, English SI, Spring 2014
Brynn Long, former
Office Staff, Spring 2014.I started working at the Academic Support Center when I first transferred to UW-Whitewater. I have met some of the best people I know from working here. I have gained excellent communication and problem solving skills from working here. I have been with the center for a little under two years, although I am happy to be graduating I will truly miss working here. It has been a pleasure to be around individuals who care about students learning and to be a part of student success.
--Brynn Long, Office Staff, Spring 2014
Chelsea Lamberty, former
Accounting SI, Spring 2014.Most obviously, being an SI has expanded my communication and networking skills. In addition, my patience, self-confidence, and ability to think outside of the box have also improved. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great people and gained a little confidence along the way. Now that I have a better understanding of how I learn, I’ve realized that not everyone learns the same way. As a future professional, I face the challenge of learning many new skills and comprehending even more subject matter. I may even have to teach others along the way. My involvement with the tutoring center will enable me to tackle these challenges more quickly and easily than I ever could have without the experience. Most of all, I will miss all of the wonderful students with whom I had the privilege of interacting. Thank you for challenging me to be better, and consistently bringing a smile to my face. You will be missed!
--Chelsea Lamberty, Accounting SI, Spring 2014
Christina Nitecke, former
German Tutor, Spring 2014.My tutoring experience at UW-Whitewater is by far one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences as a student. I had the opportunity to meet with others who were just as passionate about the German language and culture as I am and this, in turn, has promoted the exchange of international ideas and ways of life. As a tutor, I learned that one doesn’t have to know all of the answers, and that not knowing allows not only the student to see that others may be in the same boat, but also that teaching and tutoring are learning processes in itself. I believe it is important to enjoy what you are tutoring, but also to be flexible in knowing that there is always more to learn. The knowledge that I acquired while tutoring is something that I will take with me into my future studies and career. Patience, creativity, and persistence are all strengthened traits I will take with me to Germany this year while abroad on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship grant, and I hope that students there will be as knowledge thirsty as here. Overall, the tutoring position at UW-Whitewater has altered my perspective as a student and as a teacher, and I know no other opportunity would have provided me with the same insight I received while tutoring here.
--Christina Nitecke, German Tutor, Spring 2014
Hillary Franzen, former
BiologyTutor, Spring 2014.Being a tutor has been a very enjoyable job that I would definitely recommend doing. It allows you to give someone the extra help they need in order to do better in a class. It is very rewarding to find out that one of the students that you have been working with has started to do better in the class since you have been helping them. In addition it also benefits you by giving you a nice review on your previous classes and it is something that will help boost your resume. Finally, if you have a really busy schedule it is a very flexible job that allows you to pick what hours work best for you.
--Hillary Franzen, Biology/Chemistry Tutor, Spring 2014
Jami Puth, former
Office Staff, Spring 2014.I began working at the Tutorial Center in the fall of 2012. I was just beginning graduate school and was looking for an on-campus job when the director contacted me asking me to be his graduate assistant for the next two years. My main role was keeping weekly reports of tutoring hours and the clients’ use of our services. I also served as a writing tutor and supplemental instruction leader as needed. At the time I did not realize how much this job would increase my confidence and public speaking ability, but through regular communication with campus administration and faculty, I became a confident and effective speaker in all aspects of communication. I will always remember my time at the Tutorial Center and will be forever grateful for experiences I had during this position and the opportunities that will come as a result.
--Jami Puth, Graduate Assistant, Spring 2014
Katie Poch, former
Math SI, Spring 2014.When I was a freshman, one of my professors encouraged me to apply to become a math tutor. Being a Math Education major, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to gain experience in my field and also to make a little bit of money. I ended up loving this position and worked at the Academic Support Center for 7 semesters. Becoming a math tutor was one of the best decisions that I made in my college career. My communication skills improved significantly; I can speak about math much more fluently and can explain the subject in a clear way. Also, I gained more knowledge about math. I was able to work with students that had different professors and different points of view how to solve problems. I was able to discuss alternate approaches to problems to help the student understand the answer. I did not only gain knowledge and personal skills but also I gained a group of friends. While working in the math center you get to know other tutors that have a common interest in a subject. The tutors and office staff created intramural teams, hung out and became great friends. I am very happy with my experience in working in the Academic Support Center.
--Katie Poch, Math SI, Spring 2014
Kelsey Fitzgerald, former
Biology SI, Spring 2014.I became a tutor my senior year primarily for Biology courses because I had a lighter class load in my last year as an Undergrad. Before becoming a tutor I was constantly forming study groups in classes and helping teach others the material I felt confident in. Tutoring helped me learn to explain material to my clients in a way to help them grasp the concept the way that I did. I believe that tutoring also helped me review old material that may be resurfaced in my Doctorate program next year. Overall, I truly took pride in my clients happiness and increase in grades. I had several clients tell me I was able to explain the content in a more relate able way than they learned in class. I even had a few clients do as well as 10% better on exams after taking the time to come into the tutoring center. Seeing the students come in distressed but leave with a smile on their face is why I took the tutoring job.
--Kelsey Fitzgerald, Biology SI, Spring 2014
Samantha Ramsdell, former
Math Tutor, Spring 2014.Being a math tutor at the Academic Support Center has been a huge part of my college experience and has played a role in shaping me into the person I am today. Tutoring was an awesome way to interact with students that I wouldn't have crossed paths with otherwise and many of the regular students that came into the center became friends of mine around campus. This job was more than just a job; it brought so much joy to me to be able to serve students at UWW with the skills and talents that I have been blessed with. I am thankful for the life skills, responsibility, and patience this position has taught me.
--Samantha Ramsdell, Math Tutor, Spring 2014
Sarah Berger, former
Writing Tutor, Spring 2014.My time working at the academic support center has been one of the most challenging and valuable experiences during my college career. It has benefited me in countless ways. During my two-year employment here, I have tutored many students in Geneds, Psychology, PPST Reading and Writing, and especially in the writing center. Tutoring has forced me to develop and maintain my knowledge in these subject areas. In particular, my own writing has improved as a result of assisting other students with their writing. In addition, through my job as a tutor I have been able to meet and interact with students from almost every program offered on campus, which has allowed me to learn more about what UW-Whitewater has to offer. Not only this, but I have also learned from the students about a variety of cultures and perspectives on issues that I may not have considered beforehand. No tutoring session is the same, and because of this I have learned to problem solve, think outside of the box, and think on my feet. I have found that every day is a learning process, and if I do not know the answer to a student’s question, I will help them find the answer, thereby increasing my own knowledge. These are all skills that will be valuable to me in my future career, and I have already found my time as a tutor to be an asset during interviews. I will continue to use these skills that I have gained in my upcoming graduate school career and when I become a social worker. I will always look back on my time tutoring as something that helped me become a better person, particularly through helping students and developing relationships with peers. The students may have come to me for help with their academics, but they also taught me things about life that I will take with me when I leave the university.
--Sarah Berger, Writing Tutor, Spring 2014
Sarah Pirkey, former
Finance SI, Spring 2014.For the past two years, I served as a tutor and supplemental instructor for statistics. I was proud to become the first upper-level supplemental instructor for the College of Business for Finance 344. My favorite part of this position was the independence and flexible schedule. I was able to discover my own teaching style without the hierarchical pressures you would expect from a typical job. I built strong relationships with clients, while acknowledging that how I conduct my sessions can have a major impact on their academic performance. Many of my clients joked that I also served as their personal therapist because I brought ease, relaxation, and fun to stressful academic situations.
Not only has tutoring benefited my clients, but I personally gained incomparable skills as I learned and explored concepts. With hopes of becoming a stock analyst in the next few years, I plan to take the CFA exam to further my career. As a tutor for finance, I enhanced my understanding of equations and concepts I will see on this exam. In addition to the technical skills I have learned, I also gained communication skills. I enhanced my public speaking skills during my SI lectures, adapted to explain topics in different ways, and held myself to a high standard to be responsive to student needs. I feel confident in my abilities as I look into a professional finance position.
--Sarah Pirkey, Finance Tutor, Spring 2014
Terilyn Heling, former
English Tutor, Spring 2014.I have been a member of the UW-Whitewater Academic Support Services staff for over two years serving as a writing tutor, Spanish tutor, conversational English tutor, and in-class tutor and teaching assistant for international English courses. Throughout this time I have grown as a tutor, as a teacher, and as an individual through my experiences with the people I have met, the subjects I have tutored, and the innumerous things I have learned. Through my various tutoring roles, I have had the opportunity to meet and work closely with students and professors from all around the nation and the world. Every day I attend a tutoring session, I learn something new, whether about language, culture, or another subject altogether. Tutoring is a two-way street; not only do I share my funds of knowledge with clients, but they also share theirs with me.
Tutoring is not only the marking up of papers with a red pen, but it is a process of learning, developing, and growing knowledge and skills, both academic and social. Working as a tutor has prepared me for my future as an educator; gaining experiences through in-class tutoring and working one-on-one with students has developed my language and writing abilities and my abilities to effectively present and relay information, communicate clearly, and perform comprehension checks. Because of everything I have gained and everything I have been able to share with others, my time as a tutor is one of the most valuable life experiences I will ever have.
--Terilyn Heling, English & Spanish Tutor, Spring 2014
Chris Daley, former
Writing Tutor, Fall 2013.In my time working at the Academic Support Center, I was able to not only acquire many of the skills necessary to my career in teaching, but also to hone my own skills in my content area (English). Being able to see those who visited the Writing Center make improvements over the course of a semester and those who may have only come for help once have those type of "light bulb" moments when a point really hits home made all the work worth it for me. The Academic Support Center is a great resource for students as well as workers, and I am truly proud that I had the chance to work there.
--Chris Daley, Writing Tutor, Fall 2013
Chris Troge, former
Math Tutor, Fall 2013.Working as a tutor for the Academic Support Center has been a truly invaluable experience. Although the majority of my time as a tutor was spent in the math center, I also assisted with economics and finance on occasion. Helping students with their academics was incredibly gratifying, and I have learned a lot in the process. The versatility of my communication improved exponentially, and I am much more comfortable speaking in front of groups of people. Tutoring has also improved my patience, self-confidence, and overall analytical abilities, and I know that these skills will be advantageous in any career I pursue. Although I am happy to be graduating, I will miss cultivating mathematical knowledge and interacting with students on a daily basis. In short, if you are considering becoming a tutor: do it. It's pretty awesome. You teach people, you learn things, you have fun, and you get paid. How neat is that?
--Chris Troge, Math Tutor, Fall 2013
Nathan Moon, former
Writing Tutor, Fall 2013.When I first began working, it was strictly as a writing-center tutor. I had transferred from UW-Rock County and had switched my major from secondary education to English. I still wanted to teach. The writing center allowed me to hone my skills as a writer and teacher; it challenged me to be patient and understanding, willing to meet the students where they were coming from. At the end of the year, I was sure I would stick with the center. I returned Fall, 2013 as an in-class tutor for international students. This time, the stakes were increased: I was challenged more than ever before to "know my stuff." I felt a more pressing obligation to care for these visiting students and give them a great experience with English.At first, I was not sure how to connect with the students, but I began to appreciate their genuine interest in learning the language I had taken advantage of. This impression encouraged me to do all I could to continue helping them. I was able to make friends with many of the international students, and I am honored to have worked with them. They taught me a lot about myself. I have become a more patient educator by working with them.I am confident in saying that the experience is invaluable because you are forced to meet others where they are at, to think creatively, to follow directions, to be encouraging and compassionate, to always be inspired, and to admit that you do not know everything. You will be faced with questions that have no definitive answers, and that is okay. If I did not learn these skills, I would have no future to look forward to as a professional.
--Nathan Moon, Writing Tutor, Fall 2013
Jaxom Smith, former
Writing Tutor, Spring 2013.The time I spent as a writing tutor in the Academic Support Center was one of my favorite experiences while attending UW-Whitewater. Each day there I was there I was not only able to hone my skills at writing and editing, but I was also able to help fellow students in the process. By conversing with clients over the course of a session, or sometimes over multiple sessions, I was able to gain insight into many different kinds of educational paths that I would have never been exposed to if I was not a tutor. After working here, I not only feel more informed about the nature of programs offered at Whitewater, but also by extension at other universities. Whether people I meet in the future studied biology or business law, I will have almost assuredly helped someone like them complete an assignment in the past. This has made it easier for me to relate to people with a wide variety of experiences, a skill which will I am sure will be very valuable in my life. Also, discovering more about the writing of other students has made me more mindful about the quality of work that I produce both for my classes and for other jobs. I can honestly see a difference in my writing now from when I began working in the Center and I only have my time there to thank for that. I would recommend tutoring here to anyone who values work that is both mentally stimulating and personally meaningful.
--Jaxom Smith, Writing Tutor, Spring 2013
Jennifer Happ, former
Spring 2013.When I started off my years at UW-Whitewater, I never would have thought that I would be tutoring others on a subject matter of Psych Statistics. Now that the semester is over and I have been tutoring, I would not trade this experience for anything. I really learned how to work with individuals in a different aspect at the university. I have helped them to achieve their goals for the subject and feel more confident in their math skills. Working as a one on one and an SI teacher, I really learned how to work in a group setting and an individual setting. I have gained so many skills that I will use in my future endeavors. Part of me wishes that I would have started tutoring at the center sooner because I have loved every minute of it and do not want to be done.
--Jennifer Happ, Psychology Tutor, Spring 2013
Krystal Powell, former
Spring 2013.I have worked for the tutoring center for the last 3 years. During my tenure here, I tutored Accounting. At first it was scary thinking that I was responsible for trying to help further teach students a difficult subject. After the first few weeks, I really found something that I love doing. Being able to help someone better themselves is something to cherish and is very humbling as well. I took on a lot of Accounting classes and met a lot of people throughout this experience and because of the amount of tutoring I did, I built lasting friendships with some of the people that I saw on a weekly basis. Overall my experiences here have been tremendous and I would recommend tutoring to anyone.
--Krystal Powell, Accounting Tutor, Spring 2013
Melissa Hilgendorf, former
Office Staff, Spring 2013.I started working in the office at the Academic Support Center when I transferred to Whitewater in the spring of 2010. I was just looking for a job and a source of incomeâ"I never knew how much I would benefit and grow as an individual while working here, or how much I would truly enjoy my time here. One of the greatest things I owe to my time at the Academic Support Center is gaining the self-confidence to communicate clearly and effectively with others. Working at the Academic Support Center allowed me to come out of my shell and to form great relationships not only with staff members, but with clients as well. The experiences I had and the lessons I learned here are invaluable, and I will carry them with me throughout the rest of my life.
--Melissa Hilgendorf, Office Staff, Spring 2013
Chris (left), former
Writing Tutor, Fall 2012.I've worked at the UW-Whitewater Academic Support Center for the last three years. I began my tenure here as a writing tutor, but have since taken roles as in-class tutor for various classes, as well as tutoring a variety of subjects beyond writing such as psychology, philosophy, history, and the PPST reading and writing tests. I have also trained several incoming tutors and worked closely with faculty to provide the best tutorial services possible. The last three years have given me a renewed appreciation for pedagogy and have given me an opportunity to develop relationships with students and faculty in an academic and social capacity. While I always considered my role as a tutor primary, I've learned to make the experience mutually interactive so clients enjoy the experience and feel comfortable learning from a peer. I've had so many great experiences while tutoring and would recommend this position for anyone who is passionate about education.
--Chris Smyczek, Writing Tutor, Fall 2012
Jody (left), former
Writing Tutor, Fall 2012.It has been a great blessing and privilege to work at the Academic Support Center during my undergraduate career at UW-Whitewater. As a future high school English teacher, I have always wanted to pursue my dream of writing and teaching English professionally. This job has only reaffirmed my educational pursuits. As a writing tutor, I also had the great opportunity to serve as an in-class tutor and PPST tutor. These positions allowed me to help students in creative ways and approach each new challenge from a different perspective. There are many great benefits to working as a tutor, both personally and educationally. I am a firm believer that writing is an extremely creative and personal process. Tutors should be considerate of every studentâs writing, and respectfully acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses. I have honed my skills of carefully listening to the wants and needs of every individual that I encounter. As an aspiring future educator, there is no greater satisfaction than to witness students understand a literary concept that they may not have before. I also gained a lot of experience from leading English 101 tutor-led study groups, which further prepared me for field study and student teaching.The Academic Support Center employs charismatic and conscientious people that are willing to help students in every possible way. The tutors and office staff are inviting and respectful of all that are in need of assistance with their homework, research papers, and other school-related tasks. It is important to realize that everyone learns at different levels, and a tutor must be courteous and accepting of all differences. Under Dr. Staff's wise tutelage, I have been able to academically support students based on their own specific learning styles. This position has taught me to be flexible with all different types of situations that pertain to not only writing, but in pursuit of my own educational endeavors. Working as a writing tutor has exceeded all of my expectations, and I am glad that I applied and became a part of such a great team. It has been a great pleasure working as a writing tutor and representing my university in an impactful way. I am truly grateful for all of the enlightening experiences and opportunities that the Academic Support Center has given me. I would highly recommend this job to any open-minded and driven individual that desires to help students reach their educational ambitions.
--Jody Reaves, Writing Tutor, Fall 2012
Andrew (left), former
math tutor, Spring 2012.As an aspiring secondary education teacher, working in the Academic Support Center has been very beneficial in honing my math and teaching skills. I would strongly suggest to anyone who wants to be a teacher to work here. It has been a great experience, and I have learned a lot about how to teach in addition to the subjects I will be teaching. Before I started working here, I did not feel prepared to teach because I felt my skills were not strong enough. However, now that I am done, I feel very confident in my teaching abilities. Overall, I met many people and made a lot of friends and had a great time while learning how to teach.
--Andrew Bouffiou, S.I. Math Tutor, Spring 2012
Scena (left), former
S.I. biology tutor,
Spring 2012.Leading Supplemental Instruction for Biology 120 has been an extremely rewarding and valuable experience for me. Although I am not going into education, explaining the basics of this material to students without a science background has given me a great foundation to build upon when I'm learning new things in my own classes. Furthermore, communication is a very important skill for any job a person goes into, and this job has facilitated that for me. I'm applying for laboratory jobs right now, and one of the questions that was asked one of my recent interviews was, "Can you give an example of a time when you had to explain complicated information in an understandable way?" And, of course, I had several examples to give them. On top of helping me with my own course material and career search, the greatest part of this job has been being able to help so many of my peers. Over the past few years I've had several students bring me birthday gifts, send Christmas cards, send emails, or just come talk with me to say thanks for helping them that semester. It's a great feeling to be able to help other people with things that come easily to me, and I'm so glad that I've been able to do that!
--Scena Satter, S.I. Biology Tutor, Spring 2012
Libby (right), former
writing tutor, Spring 2012.Working with International Students is one of the best ways to get international experiences on the Whitewater Campus. After I studied abroad, I began working with International Students at the Writing Center, and it has been such a rewarding and fun experience. Each day, I interact with students from all over the world. I am able to help these gifted students expand their writing skills, but they also teach me a great deal about other cultures and languages. It is interesting to examine the English language from an alternative perspective, and it has definitely made me a better writer. The skills I have learned from working with international students have also contributed to my future career. As the workplace becomes more globalized, I am confident that I now have the skills to communicate with a variety of international audiences. In my opinion, working with individuals from other countries requires more than mastering another language. Working at the Writing Center has taught me to be more open and receptive to new ideas and communication styles. I will never forget how much I learned during my two years working here!
--Libby Brandl, Writing Tutor, Spring 2012
Working as a learning assistant in the Academic Support Center has been an invaluable experience for me. Working with students one-on-one and in the context of S.I. sessions has not only made me more confident in my knowledge of linguistics and writing, but has also reignited the passion I have for these subjects in a way I could not have expected. I have had the opportunity to learn new things from students who tackle fresh subject material, and have also learned how to explain concepts in multiple ways to ensure that learners of all types can understand them. As such, my own learning process has evolved. I have come to find myself with new levels of patience, kindness, dedication, and integrity, and I am truly grateful for the part the Academic Support Center and the students I have worked with on campus have played in that growth. After I graduate, I hope to always be a community educator on some level, and my experience with the Academic Support Center will continue to enhance the way I think about education. Because my eventual goal is to be a professor, I feel that working with students of all levels and abilities here at UW-Whitewater has given me a strong foundation for working with students in the future.
--Katka Showers-Curtis, Writing Tutor, Spring 2012
Kendra (right), former
french and computer
skills tutor, Spring 2012.For my last year of school, I was a tutor for French and Computer Skills, and it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my undergrad career. I really enjoyed seeing people understand and concepts click right before my eyes. I will definitely miss being a tutor, and I hope that others continue to step up and help their peers, as it is a wonderful experience.
--Kendra Rowland, French and Computer Skills Tutor, Spring 2012
Robert (right), former
math tutor, Spring 2012.I was a math tutor for a couple years and I can honestly say I loved every second of it. I met tons of people, made new friends, and I really sharpened my teaching skills. The working environment was relaxed and fun. The other tutors I worked with were all great people and I could count on them to help me if I got stuck on a problem. I would recommend becoming a tutor at Whitewater to anybody who loves their subject and helping others.
--Robert Dusel, Math Tutor, Spring 2012
Spring 2012.Although I wasn't a tutor at the Academic Support Services/Tutoring Center, I still benefitted a lot from working in the office there. First off, being an office worker taught me a lot of great computer skills like working with our systems as well as Microsoft Excel and UW-Whitewater's D2L (desire to learn). Secondly, was able to from great relationships with my fellow employees as well as our client's here in the tutoring center which really aided me with my interpersonal skills and communication skills. Being that I got along well with the tutors, I was not afraid to use the resources provided to our University. Many times I found myself in the math center getting some assistance anywhere from help with troublesome homework problems or needing to better my skills before an exam. I also attended a few of the S.I. sessions for several of my classes which really helped me to learn the content of my classes and retain the information I learned without any difficulties. Working with Dr. Staff in the tutorial center was a really rewarding experience and I couldn't have asked for a better on campus job. This job will help me so much in future and I can't wait to apply the skills I received from working with the tutors as well as in the office of the Academic Support Center.
--Shannon Gaska, Public Relations, Spring 2012
Jenna (left), former
S.I. & math tutor,
Spring 2012.While working at the Academic Support Center, I was a tutor in the math center and lead study groups for Pathway students. Both jobs have benefited me so much because they helped me brush up on my math skills, especially Algebra, which will help me greatly as a student teacher next semester. I learned how to differentiate my lessons based on my studentsâ needs, be flexible in my lesson plans, and how to teach large groups of students. I was also able to build positive friendships with them. Working here has affirmed my decision to become a math teacher. I love hearing my students say, âOh, now I get it.â I especially love when my former students stop by my room, give me a hug, and say âThanks so much for helping me out.â From this experience, I feel prepared and excited to student teach!
--Jenna Smith, S.I. and Math Tutor, Spring 2012
Michael, former math
tutor, Spring 2012.Being a math tutor at the Academic Support Center has been the best part of my college experience. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and this job helped me determine, with confidence, that I wanted to teach college. The greatest part of this job was realizing how everyone learns different and it really makes you think on your feet in order to express the topic in a way that every student can understand. Seeing topics from classes I'd already taken showed me how important practice and repetition are in order to fully master a concept. Growing up I'd always heard the phrase "attitude is everything" and this job proved how important that is as both a student and a tutor.
--Michael Hinder, Math Tutor, Spring 2012
former S.I. & chemistry
tutor, Spring 2012.I came into Whitewater as a declared chemistry major. Throughout my career as a student, I found out that I caught onto the material fairly quickly and grasped the concepts of what needed to be done. I would often help my friends with questions they were struggling with. My junior year, I helped my roommate when he was taking Chemistry 100. He told me that whenever I helped him, he felt like he understood the material better. So during my senior year, I decided to take what I've been doing a step further; I decided that I would provide my assistance to anyone taking general chemistry courses and use what my roommate had told me to empower myself. As a tutor, I tried to apply the method of asking my peers questions that would help them think the way they needed to on the difficult problems in hopes that they could then apply this and get to the point where they could do the problems on their own without any assistance. This demonstrated that I had the ability to pass on the knowledge that I accumulated throughout my college career to the students. This, in turn, empowered the students going into their quizzes and tests, improving their grade. I also felt that this has forced me to reestablish my base knowledge of chemistry, especially being an SI leader. But, the biggest part of all of this is that I am able to put this on my resume. So far, Geneva Labs in Elkhorn, WI is looking to me as a possible lab technician.
--Justin O'Rorke, S.I. Chemistry tutor, Spring 2012
Jason (far left), former
writing tutor, Spring 2012.The real value in education resides in being able to help others learn. When I first started tutoring, I was unsure how I would react to the varying degrees of passion for education that students possess, but the students at Whitewater have surprised me time and time again with their genuine interest in education. After spending three academic years as a Resident Assistant, tutoring was a unique way in which I could continue to interact with younger students and help guide them through areas, which posed challenges. I am double majoring in Finance and Economics, and I feel some of my strongest skills were only enhanced through my exposure as a Learning Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
--Jason C. Hartwig, S.I. Macroeconomics and Business Subject Area Tutor, Spring 2012
Justin (left), former
tutor, Spring 2012While working as a Conversational English tutor at UW-Whitewater, I developed many skills that will benefit me in my future career. I will soon be applying to become an ESL teacher in either South Korea or Japan and I can say that after tutoring, I feel much more confident in my abilities than I previously did. As a Conversational English teacher, I was able to meet many of the international students on campus. I feel that I was able to not only teach them, but also befriend many of them. Hearing somebody's language skills improve is one of the most gratifying feelings a Conversational English tutor can experience, and I leave UW-Whitewater knowing that I was able to make a difference in other people's lives. I thank Dr. Staff for having allowed me to become a Conversational English tutor. Working as a tutor was an extremely rewarding experience which I would recommend to everyone. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I certainly would. Tutoring has helped solidify my desire to become an ESL teacher and has changed my life. My one regret is that many of the international students that I worked with will be returning to their own countries soon. However, I hope that my travels will allow us to one day cross paths again.
-- Justin Mueller, Conversational English Tutor, Spring 2012
Alexandra (left), former
S.I. and writing tutor,
Spring 2012My job as a writing and accounting tutor this year was not what I planned during my college career, but it has benefitted me in more ways than one. Being an in-class tutor for English and Academic Skills classes, training new tutors, and creating MLA Documentation and Plagiarism workshops has really helped me develop my own niche in the wonderful world of the Academic Support Center. Working one-on-one with students and teachers has taught me to adapt to different but effective teaching and learning styles, which results in greatly improved communication through writing. By observing professors sharing their knowledge with their students, I've applied those skills to my own tutoring style. I've discovered that being flexible, really assists a tutor to reach out and successfully relieve the concerns students have about their writing and accounting weaknesses. In addition, conducting the library workshops, has not only enhanced my knowledge of MLA and plagiarism, but has allowed me to share that information with other students. The writing and communication skills that I have developed as a tutor are ones that I will continue to carry with me and improve upon as I begin my full-time job in the Fall. There is a great satisfaction in knowing that you can confidently answer a student's questions and leave them with new knowledge that they will hopefully pass unto others as well. At the end of my time in Whitewater, I can hardly imagine what this year would have been like without the experiences I've had as a tutor because it has revitalized my passion for teaching, and I would recommend this job to any student who would like to expand their knowledge in any subject area by becoming a tutor.
-- Alexandra Fenzel, S.I. and Writing Tutor, Spring 2012
John (right), former S.I.
and science tutor, Fall 2011I had decided early on in my college experience that I didn't want to teach, but, rather, I wanted to focus on research once I graduated. That attitude took a dramatic turn-around in spring of 2007 when I was approached by the director of the Academic Support Center to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader. I found out that I had been recommended by a professor whose class I had struggled in but, then had improved to pass. I took the offer since I needed a part-time job. I quickly found out that teaching was one of the greatest thrills I had ever experienced. I have since graduated in December of 2011 and had spent 3 great years (with 1 year spent in Australia) tutoring and leading S.I., even in subject areas I considered to be a personal weakness. I was even asked to tutor High School students that had called the University looking for help in their HS chemistry. After referencing my work for the school as a tutor, I have now been hired as a camp counselor for a camp in the Florida Keys teaching kids about Marine Science. I will always be grateful that I gave tutoring a try because it has changed my life.
-- John Udovich, S.I. and Science Tutor, Fall 2011
Lori (right), former S.I. and
math tutor, Fall 2011While working for the Academic Support Center I have had the opportunity to both tutor in the Math Center and lead math study groups. I'm student teaching next semester, and am incredibly grateful that I feel prepared for it because of what I've learned from my experiences working at the Academic Support Center. They have been invaluable in helping me become better at explaining complex math concepts in different ways, being comfortable teaching a group of people, making lesson plans and being flexible with those plans, differentiating lesson plans to meet individual students' needs, and truly understanding how difficult some people find math. Tutoring and leading study groups has reaffirmed my choice in becoming a math teacher, as nothing can compare to a student excitedly stopping in just to tell you that he or she got an A on their latest math test, or that moment of understanding when a student can clearly explain a math concept that he or she was just confused about.
-- Lori Ripple, S.I. and Math Tutor, Fall 2011
Joanne (right), former
math tutor, Fall 2011As an elementary/middle education major and elementary mathematics minor, the academic support center provided me with a wonderful opportunity to gain more experience in my field as a professional educator. As a math 148/149 and math 040/041 tutor, I have been able to practice effective teaching skills with students I have helped. The students that I have tutored have challenged me with various learning abilities and disabilities. I have gained a better understanding of different learning styles as well as different ways to guide students to understanding the topic they are learning. These have been important strategies to experience and build a comfort level on to become better prepared for my future as a professional educator.
-- Joanne Gestwicki, Math Tutor, Fall 2011
Caitlin (left), former
S.I. & math tutor, Fall 2011As someone who is about to go out into their student teaching experience, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities given to me by the tutoring center. I loved working in the math center, which not only gave me a chance to review the math curriculum on a weekly basis, but also allowed me to explore the different ways of explaining these concepts to a wide variety of students. This has allowed me to see larger connections across the various classes, and improved my ability to explain why problems are solved a specific way, rather than just how to solve them. I was also given the opportunity to work with the Pathways Program, in which I worked with other math tutors to plan study groups that would help students retain and understand material they learned in class. This will assist me in my upcoming student teaching, as well as my teaching career, by giving me practice in collaborating with peers, reflecting upon the week's lessons, planning lessons, creating more interactive lessons than lecture, working with diverse groups of learners, and teaching in front of a group of people. The list is huge, and I feel I would have been hard pressed to get similar experience at another job in Whitewater. I am grateful for the learning experience I received, and am ready to put it to use in a real classroom.
-- Caitlin Lemley, S.I. and Math Tutor, Fall 2011
Paul (left), former
S.I. & writing tutor, Fall 2011Throughout my time working at the Academic Support Center, I was blessed with many opportunities and experiences. These opportunities and experiences not only helped me to become better at my job as a writing tutor, but also helped me learn and prepare for my future job as a high school English teacher. While employed at the Academic Support Center, there were many different facets to my job that were all fulfilling in their own ways: writing tutor, PPST tutor, in-class tutor, study skills tutor, and tutor for the campus' early childhood education cohorts. Each of these experiences presented me with new challenges that were rewarding both educationally and developmentally. For example, the interpersonal social skills that can be developed through one-on-one and group tutoring are priceless, and they can be used in any real-world endeavor that one may experience in the future. In addition to helping with social skills, the jobs offered by the Academic Support center also can aid student-workers in refining their own skills. Learning should be continuous, and there are very few ways for a person to constantly refine his/her skills (mine being English) that are better than being continuously exposed to different types of writing. The environment of the Academic Support Center has the ability to be both fun and professional at the same time, and it is because of this, and all of the other aforementioned reasons, that I would recommend this as a job to any motivated students.
-- Paul Bredesen, S.I. and Writing Tutor, Fall 2011
Amelia (left), former
math tutor, Fall 2011Working as a learning assistant in the Academic Support Center has been an irreplaceable experience as a future math teacher. This job has aided greatly in the development of my communication skills, both in general and specifically in the world of mathematics. Working with students with different learning styles has helped me develop my ability to explain and show concepts in different ways, which has already proved useful both in field study and in teaching. The constant review has kept material fresh, while also allowing for further discovery along the way. Working in the Math Center has also helped with my ability to think on my feet, because questions stem from such a wide range of content. In my first year of tutoring, Dr. Staff approached me about Sunday Math Tutoring in the residence halls. He provided input and guidance while letting me basically take over the project. In starting up Sunday tutoring, I built in my ability to network, program, and problem-solve. When turn-outs were low, I still received support and was encouraged in my pursuit of a more successful program. When numbers were too high for me to handle on my own, I was provided with the support of another tutor. The expansion of Sunday Tutoring in the halls been extremely fulfilling, and it has provided more opportunity to work and connect with other students. Along with these experiences, one of biggest rewards of working in the Math Center is the connections I have formed with other students. Many of the same faces consistently come in, and I have developed some strong friendships and genuinely enjoyed my time working. Many students say how grateful they are for the help, but I have to explain to them that I am thankful because not only do I enjoy this, but it's helping me, too. Over the summer of 2011, I taught 7th and 8th grade math in Washington D.C., and I was immediately grateful for my experience within the Math Center. I was much more comfortable teaching at the board than I would have been if I hadn't tutored, and I already had an idea of typical misconceptions in math concepts. I was able to use and build off of explanations and skills I had developed in the Math Center, and I know that my students and I both truly benefitted from it. I am sad to have to move on next semester, but I know that I am better prepared for my student teaching internship because of the Math Center, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work here.
-- Amelia Tobias, Math Tutor, Fall 2011
Amanda (right), former
math & writing tutor,
Spring 2011Working as a tutor has helped me in so many ways. I have had the opportunity to work with students at the University in many different subjects. I have helped them learn and reach their goals, but they also helped me do the same. Because I will be a teacher, it is important that I learn how to communicate and work with students in many different settings, and being a tutor on campus has allowed me to practice these skills. I also got to brush up on things that I need to know to teach in the future that I may have forgotten. I even practiced making lesson plans and creating worksheets. This has given me unique and important experience that has prepared me for my career and hopefully put me ahead of my competition.Tutoring also led to many other opportunities. I started working as just a math tutor in the walk-in Math Center, and that led to working as a writing tutor and in many other programs. I have gotten to work directly with professors on campus. It seemed like one opportunity always led into another. All of the work that I did as a tutor has been, and will continue to be, very beneficial to me. I now have resources, ideas, knowledge and experiences that I did not have before and that not many education majors can say they have when finishing college. I think that my work as a tutor will make my transition from a student to a teacher a lot easier. Nothing can replace experience.
-- Amanda Larson, Math & Writing Tutor, Spring 2011
David (right), former
math tutor, Spring 2011I have learned many valuable skills from working as a math and accounting tutor that will be beneficial to me in my professional career. My communication skills have improved since I started working as a tutor because I learned that to be a good tutor, you have to be able to explain one topic in many different ways. Everyone has their own way of learning, so it is up to the tutor to adapt and change how they communicate so a student is able to learn the concepts. When I graduate, I will be working in the field of accounting. Effective communication is vital in accounting because I will need to explain complex information to many different people. Explaining accounting topics to other students has solidified my knowledge of accounting, which will be helpful in passing the CPA exam and in my career. Working as a tutor has also been a very rewarding experience. It is great to see the results of your work when a student you tutored does well on an exam or gets a good grade in the class. Overall, I have been able to help many people by working as a math and accounting tutor, but have also gained many skills along the way.
-- David Schneekloth, Math & Accounting Tutor, Spring 2011
Justin (far left), former
math tutor, Fall 2010I originally began tutoring in the Math Center while I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in mathematics. The primary benefit for me at that time, besides the paycheck, was that helping clients with their math homework served as a great review of all the different things that I had learned and, in some cases, forgotten since I started taking math classes. When I returned to UWW for an accounting degree, I continued working at the Math Center without expecting it to provide any real benefit to my future career. However, as I took classes and learned more about the accounting profession, I came to realize the importance of being able to communicate technical information to people with all types of backgrounds. Working in the Math Center provided me the perfect opportunity to practice and refine this skill and I will benefit in my professional career because of it.
-- Justin Guttenberg, Math Tutor, Spring 2011
Walter, former Math
tutor, Fall 2010After working at the Academic Support Center, I have developed important teaching skills as I become a Mathematics educator. The job has helped me in my ability to explain mathematics in various ways to different learners. As I move forward in developing into a teacher, I will look back and thank the Academic Support Center for giving me the opportunity to practice teaching before I have to student teach and be observed by professional educators.
-- Walter Wells, Math Tutor, Fall 2010
Kayla, former S.I.
tutor, Fall 2010I came into college with every intention of continuing onto medical school after the completion of my bachelor's degree. My entire career plan changed after my first semester of serving as a learning assistant for general chemistry supplemental instruction. In my learning assistant position, I learned ways to differentiate content to meet the needs of individual students, as well implement study skills in a large group setting. I found great satisfaction in the academic improvements of my clients made possible through my use of pedagogy focused on active learning of the chemistry content. Although my career plan changed, I completed my major in biology and minor in chemistry. In addition, I added a secondary science teaching license. The supplemental instruction experience provided me with the opportunity to see that I could combine my love of the scientific content with my satisfaction from teaching. In my pre-clinical experiences of observation and participation, field study, and student teaching, I always felt prepared and comfortable because of the experience I had gained through my employment in the academic support center. Without my supplemental experience, I would have missed out on the opportunity to find my niche in the teaching profession.
-- Kayla Kasten, S.I. Tutor, Fall 2010
Anna, former German
tutor, Spring 2010Tutoring at the UWW Tutorial Center as a foreign language tutor has been an excellent work experience for me as an education major specializing in bilingual education. As a tutor I have been able to not only put the theoretical knowledge I attained through my course work to the test, but I would also go above and beyond book knowledge and lectures by designing my own creative interactive workshops for my tutees. Working with the Tutorial Center, I have tutored students in German and Spanish by helping those enrolled in courses with their essays and homework. I have also taught those who simply wanted to learn a foreign language on their own, as much as I have been involved in designing fun German language activities for the German Club. The possibilities in applying yourself creatively as a tutor at the Tutorial Center are endless.
-- Anna Bassüner, German Tutor, Spring 2010
Amanda (right) with a
student, Fall 2009My student teaching experience is going really well so far.I have already taken over 2 classes full time and my cooperating teacher told me I am the best student teacher he has ever had!I feel really comfortable in front of the class and I know that is totally because of my S.I. experience.Also, I have a really broad range of abilities in my Introduction to Biology class, so I have been implementing a ton of S.I. literacy strategies.I have already done two reading guides and I just created a KWL for my students to complete before we begin our evolution unit.It is so awesome to feel so prepared.I'm sorry I found out about S.I. so late in my UWW career and that I couldn't do it for more semesters.It was a great experience and I will be a better teacher because of it.
-- Amanda Larson, S.I. Tutor, Fall 2009
Now that I have finished my work for the semester, I wanted to make certain to inform the University of what a tremendous help the school's German tutor in McCutchan Hall, Anna Bassuner, has been to my studies. Ms. Bassuner was patient, diligent, and very creative in her efforts to improve my understanding of course material, and I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to insure that those who operate the tutor center are aware of what a valuable asset they have in her. I simply cannot say enough about what Ms. Bassuner has meant to me, or what she does for the university. Thank You!
--Jeramiah Maynard, Client, Spring 2009