The Division 1 Athlete Who Does NOT Need Tutoring
Many students who I work with are involved with something outside of the classroom, whether it is sports, music, drama, or some type of club. I find that any activity outside of the classroom always makes a student a better individual, and the rewards from their interactions and activities can teach many valuable things. However, activities outside of the classroom can also be very time consuming as well as very demanding. Most students involved in athletics, probably know that high school sports will be their final chance at playing on a competitive team. They might not receive the chance or have the desire to continue playing their sport in college.
Lauryn S. is not that type of athlete. Lauryn is a highly sought after athlete and will most likely get some sort of scholarship to play her sport in college. The reason I wanted to share her story, with such a strange title, is because her athletics is a singular motivation for her. Lauryn’s goal of earning a scholarship to college will benefit her and her family, so Lauryn is very driven to achieve this goal.
Lauryn comes to see me when she doesn’t necessarily need to. Lauryn comes to get extra help so that she can make sure that nothing jeopardizes her chance of getting the best scholarship she can.
So is this profile about Lauryn or her teachers? The profile is about both. Lauryn speaks very highly of her teachers, but the reality is that she is sitting in a classroom with sometimes 40 other students who do not have same priorities as Lauryn. There are students who can be very disruptive in class, or students who require more attention from her teacher so she receives less. Basically, there are external factors that all students face in the classroom environment. These factors can have an impact on retaining and learning concepts. For example, a teacher is explaining something and the student next to her gets a funny picture sent to them over the cell phone. It is so funny; the student feels that it is absolutely necessary to share it with everyone around. Lauryn takes a look and also finds it funny, so she laughs. While she is laughing and distracted, Lauryn missed the most important part of the lesson.
It can happen that fast, a moment, a minute, something which diverts attention from the teacher to something else, and an entire concept doesn’t make sense anymore. I have seen it, and dealt with it in the classroom. Lauryn does everything she needs to do and then some to make sure that she alone understands her math lesson.
Lauryn is very proactive and if she feels a need to get tutoring we set up a session. Lauryn is a very responsible student and focused on maintaining the highest grades. To Lauryn tutoring is essential and she pulls the most out of every session.
Lauryn is that Division 1 college athlete that demands the best out of herself. Tutoring her is very different than tutoring the struggling student. I enjoy working with Lauryn because I am like a rudder on a boat. I simply make small adjustments to keep her on the correct path. I look forward to hearing where she commits to as all her hard work has opened many doors to great universities all across our nation.