For the month of September 2015, we selected Julian De La Torre as our Student of the Month. Julian receives his tutoring in Chino. He just started the 4th grade, at Central Language Academy in Ontario. We have been working with Julian since December 2014. He has been working with our tutor, Gale, to help improve his reading and writing skills. Julian has made great strides in his reading, writing and overall attitude about school since he began receiving tutoring. It has truly been a pleasure to see his growth. Therefore, we felt that his hard work and improved grades deserved to be acknowledged.
About half way through his 3rd grade school year, we decided to have Gale work with Julian, due to some academic struggles that he was experiencing in school. Although Julian was always an attentive, confident, and well-behaved student, he lacked motivation when it came to completing his homework assignments, because he thought them to be pointless and tedious. As a result, his grades were not as great as they could be and he had difficulty reading and writing at his grade level. Therefore, we decided we needed to intervene early on, and have him work with Gale, in order to improve his understanding and make him have a more positive outlook about learning. Having him work with his tutor, 1 to 2 hours a week, seemed to make a world of a difference.
Gale describes Julian as being a “hard worker. He has worked hard to improve his writing/reading skills. He listens well and is willing to try different approaches toward learning. Julian is an excellent student and a real pleasure to work with.” She then added, “He has a great positive attitude. Even when he felt frustrated, he never gave up and continued to work hard”. Luckily, Julian too enjoyed working with Gale from the start. Although at the beginning he was not too sure about receiving tutoring, he soon realized that, with her help, he could overcome a lot of academic hurdles that he had encountered previously. He also enjoyed the fact that Gale was able to modify her tutoring to meet his academic needs and learning style. They ended up being such a good match; they have a lot of fun during their tutoring sessions that Lupe, Julian and my mom, says she will often hear them laughing about the different stories Julian comes up with from the reading and writing activities Gale assigns him.
Due to Gale’s guidance and Julian’s openness to learning, Julian has seen great improvements. Gale said, “Julian’s understanding has definitely begun to increase. For a while he struggled in forming ideas for writing paragraphs. He also had some difficulty in pronouncing some letter sounds when reading. After a period of time, Julian has finally shown huge improvements with both subject matters.” Julian’s grades have also improved as well as his confidence and his eagerness to learn and improve. Before, Lupe used to struggle to get him to complete his homework assignments, but now, he often gets home and starts completing his assignments on his own without needing much of a push.
Thanks to the tutoring Gale has provided along with Lupe’s involvement in Julian’s education, Julian now feels confident to tackle almost anything he is presented with at school. We are excited to see how much more Julian grows and is able to accomplish. We are sure he will be able to overcome any obstacle he is presented with as long as he maintains the same attitude and continues to work hard to reach his goals.
Congratulations Julian! We are proud to call you our September 2015 Student of the Month, you deserve the acknowledgement.
If you feel that your child has improved in school, due to the tutoring they have received from us, and you would like them to be featured as our Student of the Month, please send us an email letting us know how your child has improved. We hope you can help us show how proud we are of each one of our students.
We provide tutoring in Chino, Norco, Corona, Chino Hills, Eastvale, Mira Loma, Alta Loma, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and all the surrounding cities. We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, Heritage Oak Private Education, Townsend Junior High School, Roosevelt High School, Alta Loma High School, Norco High School, Centennial High School, Chino Hills High School, Ontario Christian High School and Ayala High School.