Both Mayda and Ashley
the Pleasure of Watching Mayda's
Algebra Grade Improve
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story - Mayda's story
Cardona likes the role of peer tutor because she "likes the feeling
of helping a student's grade improve."
One of her most dramatic tutoring experiences
came with a friend and colleague in her Upward Bound program at Caldwell
High School. Her friend had a "D" in math, and had one week to
prepare for the next test.
"We worked hard getting ready for that
test. I was so proud of her. She got it. She got a "B."
The person she tutored was her friend was Mayda
sides of the tutoring program
Ashley has been on both sides of the tutoring
program. "I've been tutored in math and Algebra, and I have worked as
a tutor with students who came behind me.
" We are
taught that we should not do the problems for them, but we need to
walk with them them through the steps, and work with them until they get
it. Don't give an answer, give an example."
In all, last semester,
Ashley tutored four students, some of them referrals from her Upward Bound
"I know how it feels to not get what you are
supposed to learn in class. It's so frustrating," says Ashley.
"I really like the opportunity to help my student friends 'get
"The pay is not
important," believes Ashley. "Of course it is a benefit. But if
someone asks for help I'd help them anyway, because it is a nice thing to
do, not just because of the pay."
Mayda Murillo, a senior at Caldwell High, was aiming for an
"A," in her Algebra class and knew she needed help when her
grade fell to a "D." Was it embarrassing to ask a
classmate for help?
"No. I knew Ashley and felt comfortable with
her. She understood what I was talking about when I told her the problems
I was having, because she had taken this same class, too."
Thanks for the tutoring program, Mayda got seven
hours of one-on-one tutoring after school the week before the next
"That did it. I didn't get the 'A' I wanted.
But Ashley helped me understand some key concepts. And a 'B' sure beats a
"We still do our homework together, not the
paid tutoring, but we still studying together." Up
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Mayda Murillo..."she understood what I was talking about...she
had had the same class..."
"Don't give an answer; give an example"