I started tutoring Nick Cianflocco (from Norco High School) in February of 2010. His improvement has been immense and I wanted to congratulate him by making Nick our very first Student of the Month. His work habits and study skills have improved dramatically and I am very proud of the steps he has taken to do better in school.
Excluding his P.E. classes Nick had failed all but two classes, one semester of Agriculture and one semester of Health in his first year and a half of High School.
I began tutoring Nick in February in 2010 one month into the second semester of his sophomore year, and although his work habits improved during his first semester with me, he still failed 3 classes and received D’s in two other classes. I must say; however, that when I came on board, he was earning roughly 20% in every class and by the end we were able to bring up all of his grades to just around the 60% range, a 300% improvement.
Since the summer of 2010, Nick has been extremely busy. He has taken 11 classes, 4 online classes and 7 classes at his school. He has not failed a single class, and has received B’s in more than half of those classes. It has not been easy, but during a summer when most students are having fun and completely removed from school, Nick was diligently working to improve his grades and when most students as Juniors were taking 5 classes, Nick was taking 7.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of Nick. The improvement that I have seen in him is immense. Now, the amount of time spent tutoring has lessened as he is able to do most of his work independently. He is receiving positive comments from teachers at Norco High School, who previously had complained that he did nothing. I still tutor Nick from time to time to help him study for a test, or work on one of his online classes, but he is the one that takes the initiative to set up these appointments.
Nick is continuing to work hard and we’re hoping that this semester is his best yet. He seems a lot happier than he was one year ago. He is now planning for college and told me that he will not settle for anything less than a 3.0 this semester (now, a realistic goal). Not bad for someone who had failed nearly every class just one year ago.
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Nick, congratulations for being named our Student of the Month for January.