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May 182015
 

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.49.46 PMWe wanted to create a list of some useful tips/suggestions for parents. It is a compilation of things that we have found to bring the most success in achieving the academic goals of our students. We are sure many of you already know most of these tips; however, there may be some that you did not consider. We hope this helps provide a bit of insight as to how to best help your kids reach their academic goals and make the most of their tutoring sessions.

Suggestions for Parents – Involving Tutors & Teachers

1)   Communicate regularly with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) about your student’s
progress
– Make sure that you are regularly checking in with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) about their progress. They might be able to provide you with some insight as to why your student is underperforming, or why they think they have suddenly improved. Your child’s tutor may alert you to some issues that you may have not noticed before; for example, if your child is depressed, unmotivated, tired, anxious, etc. Additionally, they may also notice positive changes; for example, that working with your child earlier in the day makes them more alert and more likely to pay attention and retain information. All in all, it is essential to have open communication with your child’s tutor(s) and teacher(s) to ensure you are all on the same page.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.40.02 PM2)   Share info with tutors about your student’s grades – Let your tutor(s) know what areas your child is struggling with the most (i.e. tests, participation, homework, projects, etc.). If you share this info with your tutor, they will have more insight as to how to help your child. Again, our tutors are there to guide your children and to help them reach their academic goals; the more information they have, the more likely they will be able to accomplish these goals.

3)   Ask your child’s teacher(s) if they are open to communicating with our tutors – We find that students are the most successful when they have a group of people that are invested in working together to help the student succeed. If the tutors are able to communicate with your child’s teacher(s), the teachers are able to offer valuable insight as to what the tutor(s) should focus on, in order to help your child succeed in school. If parents, tutors, teachers, and the students are working together towards a common goal, the student is more likely to succeed.

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 7.57.21 PM4)   Talk to your child’s tutor(s) about your goals and expectations It is essential that, right from the start, you talk to your child’s tutor(s) about your goals. Let them know what you hope to gain from tutoring, besides the obvious (aka better grades). Let them know about any challenges your child has faced along the way and what you hope to gain from having our tutor(s) work with them. The more aware the tutors are about your expectations, the more likely they are to help your child reach those goals.

5)   If a tutor is not working out, let us know – Please make sure that the tutor(s) we assign for your child are a good fit and that they are meeting the academic needs of your child. If a tutor is not a good fit, please let us know and we will work towards finding a tutor that is a better fit. We all share a common goal, which is to ensure that our students are succeeding academically; the best way to achieve that is by ensuring that they are working with the right tutor for them.

Suggestions for Parents

1)   Set a regular schedule – Most students function best when they have a regular schedule that they follow.  Make sure to set aside a time when your children are supposed to be studying, so that they become accustomed to studying at a certain time of day, even when tutoring is not taking place.


Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.04.53 PM2)   Make sure your kids get enough sleep
– We all know how vital it is for students to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep during the night, especially when it comes to retaining information; therefore, make sure that you set a curfew for your kids and that you implement it. Additionally, make sure that your home is quiet and conducive for them, to get a good night’s sleep, when it is time for them to go to bed.

3)   Make sure your kids have enough time to eat before the tutoring sessions – Although it might seem like we are stating the obvious, we cannot stress enough how important it is that your kids not be hungry during the tutoring sessions. Make sure that you schedule your tutoring sessions during a time that gives your child enough time to eat after school. When kids are hungry, they find it hard to concentrate and to retain information.

4)   Check your student’s grades on a regular basis – Make sure you make use of the resources Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 8.07.36 PMprovided to you by your student’s school – this particularly applies to junior high and high school students. Many schools now post grades online. Every student/parent has a unique username and password that they can use to login and check their students’ grades. Many teachers update the grades on a fairly regular basis. If you are up to date on your child’s grades, you will be more likely to spot an issue when it arises and to let your child’s tutor know where your student is struggling the most.

5)   Set realistic goals and encourage your student – Make sure that you do not put too much pressure on your child. You want to talk to your child and set a goal together that will require work and dedication, but that is also attainable. Once your child reaches that goal, make sure to praise them for their achievement while encouraging them to keep working towards achieving more goals. By setting these smaller goals, it is easier for your child to be able to succeed and they are less likely to give up because they are not overwhelmed by a large goal that seems impossible to attain. Your child will also enjoy feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride, after reaching these smaller goals, and they will be more motivated to set more goals and to work towards achieving them.

Parveena Pasricha

 Posted by at 3:17 pm
May 182015
 
The Tutoring Solution's Tutor: Parveena Pasricha

The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Parveena Pasricha

  • What is your experience as a tutor or teacher?

I started tutoring 7 years ago and have always aspired to be a teacher. As a teacher, I have had three years of teaching experience in an academic establishment, i.e. teaching all sciences in a high school.

  • What subjects are you best at?

I am best at AP Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Sciences, Language Arts (Grammar, Vocabulary, Proofreading), and Elementary Math.

  • What is your schedule like? What days and times are you available to tutor?

I am available to tutor Mondays to Saturdays, from 8am to 6pm.

Tutor’s schedule is subject to change.

  • Where did you attend school? What degrees do you have?

I received my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences (concentration in Biomedical Sciences) from Mahidol University. Certificate in English Studies Program from Mahidol University. Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Profession from St. Theresa International College. Master of Science in Science and Education from University of Bristol.

  • What cities can you tutor in (i.e. how far can you drive to tutor)?
I can tutor 25 miles from Corona.
  • Are you open to tutoring students via Skype or another online platform?

Yes.

  • What are your future career goals?

With adequate experience in teaching, in the future, I would like to complete a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and teach at university level while doing research.

  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I like to read, write, travel, and am also interested in photography.

  • What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher?

I have helped improve academic achievement, used teaching strategies and increased intrinsic motivation in students, and helped students attain better grades specifically in Biology, Chemistry, and Coordinated Sciences.

  • What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?

While teaching, the aspect I enjoy most is the ability to change the way a student sees the world. I enjoy helping students to really understand something that a few moments before they found so very difficult. But mostly, I enjoy showing a student how to be the best they can be.


 

If you’re interested in hiring Parveena as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com. To learn more about our other tutors, click on the link.

We provide tutoring in Corona, Eastvale, Riverside, Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Ontario, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, 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.

Saman Farr

 Posted by at 3:11 pm
May 182015
 
The Tutoring Solution's Tutor: Saman Farr

The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Saman Farr

  • What is your experience as a tutor or teacher?

As a graduate student at UCLA, I was a teaching assistant for undergraduate Chemistry and Chemistry lab. Prior to that, as a computer consultant at UCLA’s computer lab, I held workshops and taught students and other consultants how to use common software programs like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. Prior to that, I have been tutoring my siblings and cousins since High School.

  • What subjects are you best at?

I can tutor students in any of the following subjects: Chemistry (High School, AP, or College), Biology (High School, AP, or College), Math (from basic math to Algebra I, II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus), Physics (High School or AP).

I can also tutor: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Endocrinology, Cellular Biology, or Genetics.

I’m excellent at any of the Chemistry, Biochemistry or Life Science lab courses as well. I have done graduate level scientific research with many publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and can help students with research projects at any stage from Literature search all the way to writing a paper, poster/oral presentations or journal submissions.

I can also tutor students who need help with Writing (High School or College), SATs, the MCAT or writing essays/personal statements for admissions to college or graduate/professional school.

  • What is your schedule like? What days and times are you available to tutor?

I am currently available all week and during the weekend as well.

Tutor’s schedule is subject to change.

  • Where did you attend school? What degrees do you have?

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UCLA. Master of Science in BioChemistry and Molecular Biology from UCLA. I am currently in Medical school at Western University.

  • What cities can you tutor in (i.e. how far are you willing to drive to tutor)?

I can tutor in Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Eastvale, Corona, Mira Loma, Norco, Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Riverside, Beaumont, Upland, and Claremont. I do not mind driving, so chances are that I would be able to come to you anywhere within a 35 mile radius of Redlands.

  • Are you open to tutoring students via Skype or another online platform?

Absolutely.

  • What are your future career goals?

I would probably like to combine my love of medicine and the sciences with teaching.

  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?

I like bike riding, walking around the neighborhood, hiking, rock climbing, freshwater aquariums, gardening, and camping. I’m also getting into photography.

  • What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher?

I have helped a student go from a C in math to an A. I have also helped a student go from a D in college Chemistry to a B. In addition, I have also helped my brother with MCAT tutoring and he is now in Medical School.

  • What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?

I find teaching to be very rewarding. There’s nothing like watching a student overcome a subject that they thought they were “weak” in. That sense of self-confidence that they get pours over into other areas of their life as well. I feel like it is an opportunity to have a true and lasting impact on someone’s life.


 

If you’re interested in hiring Saman as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com. To learn more about our other tutors, click on the link.

We provide tutoring in Corona, Eastvale, Riverside, Chino Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Ontario, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, 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.

Susan Cruz

 Posted by at 3:05 pm
May 182015
 
The Tutoring Solution's Tutor: Susan Cruz

The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Susan Cruz

  • What is your experience as a tutor or teacher?

I have been a credentialed teacher for 25 years and have taught at the elementary level grades K-5.

  • What subjects are you best at?
I can tutor reading fluency, decoding and comprehension; Common Core mathematics; writing in all genres.
  • What is your schedule like? What days and times are you available to tutor?

I am available to tutor on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday evenings, after 5 p.m.

  • Where did you attend school? What degrees do you have?

I majored in Liberal Studies at Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and an elementary teaching credential.  I attended Cal Poly Pomona for post graduate work.

  • What cities can you tutor in (i.e. how far can you drive to tutor)?
I can tutor in Chino Hills, Chino, Diamond Bar.
  • Are you open to tutoring students via Skype or another online platform?

Yes.

  • What are your future career goals?

I plan to continue teaching at the elementary level.

  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy reading, sewing, playing softball, and watching my kids play sports.

  • What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher?

Developing and implementing instructional plans for students to target individual needs has been my biggest accomplishment. By individualizing instruction for students, I have seen those students experience academic growth and success.

  • What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?

I enjoy helping students to achieve their personal best. The most rewarding part of teaching is helping a struggling student to make progress and achieve.

 


 

If you’re interested in hiring Susan as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com. To learn more about our other tutors, click on the link.

We provide tutoring in Chino Hills, Chino, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, 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.

Phoebe Chen

 Posted by at 2:48 pm
May 182015
 

 

The Tutoring Solution's Tutor: Phoebe Chen

The Tutoring Solution’s Tutor: Phoebe Chen

  • What is your experience as a tutor?

I am part of the Literacy Initiative at UC Riverside that promotes literacy in the Riverside community. This means that I work with students at nearby elementary schools who are struggling in reading. I have also worked at the University Extension Center at UCR as a Conversation Partner. I have worked with three international students at improving their English skills through this program. I have also traveled abroad several times teaching English to underprivileged children in Taiwan.

  • What subjects are you best at?

I can tutor all aspects of English (reading, writing, comprehension, phonics, etc.) and ESL (English as a Second Language). I can speak Taiwanese and I am familiar with Mandarin.

  • What is your schedule like? What days and times are you available to tutor?

I am available Mondays and Wednesdays until 6:30 pm. I am free Friday until 4 pm.

Tutor’s schedule is subject to change.

  • Where did you attend school (or what school are you currently attending)?  What degrees do you have and/or are currently working towards?

I am currently a fourth year student at UC Riverside. I am majoring in English and I have a minor in Education.

  • What cities can you tutor in (i.e. how far are you willing to drive to tutor)?

I tutor in Riverside, Corona, Moreno Valley, and San Bernardino.

  • Are you open to tutoring students via Skype or another online platform?

I am open to tutoring students via Skype. I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure my student gets the help he or she needs.

  • What are your future career goals?

Eventually, I would love to become a middle school or high school English teacher. I would also love to go abroad and teach English to underprivileged children.

  • What are your hobbies? What do you like to do for fun?

I love traveling. I have been to over 13 countries. My favorite place to vacation would be Taiwan. I also love reading. Two of my favorite books include The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and trying new places to eat. I love all kinds of desserts!

  • What accomplishments have you achieved while working as a tutor/teacher? For example: Helped student go from a C in math to an A.

I helped the college students I worked with through the Conversation Partner program become more confident in their ability to communicate and express themselves through speaking English. After working with them on grammar and diction, they became much more sure of themselves socially and academically.

As a part of the Literacy Initiative I have helped children become more assertive readers. The children I work with tend to guess at the words that they don’t know how to say. After consistently working with them week after week, they have become more confident in sounding out and tackling words they are unfamiliar with. They have become proficient readers.

When I taught abroad, I was able to work with kids that knew nothing about the English language. In the end they could recognize and pronounce basic conversational words and phrases with confidence.

  • What do you enjoy the most about tutoring/teaching?

I enjoy teaching because it is my way of giving back to the community. Being a teacher is so meaningful. When I look back on all the teachers I’ve had, I remember a few that stand out to me. Those teachers cared for me and challenged me to be better. My goal is to be that teacher for someone one day.

 


 

If you’re interested in hiring Phoebe as a tutor, please contact us at (909) 238-8233 or email us at TheTutoringSolution@gmail.com. To learn more about our other tutors, click on the link.

We provide tutoring in Riverside, Chino Hills, Chino, Rancho Cucamonga, Eastvale, Alta Loma, Ontario, Corona, Norco, Mira Loma and all the surrounding cities.  We have students from Sky Country Elementary, Oxford Preparatory Academy, 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.

May 172015
 

The Eleanor Roosevelt High School Senior Awards Night was on Thursday, May 14, 2015.  We were honored to be able to present our Eleanor Roosevelt High School Share Your Passion Scholarship to three impressive young students.  This year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship Winners were Martha Rosario, Kyaw Kyaw Aung, and Eui Kyung (Pearl) Rhee.

We were delighted when we received a lot of wonderful entries this year from many inspiring young students. We originally had the intention of selecting one winner; however, after reading all the entries, we knew we had to select our three winners

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 4.45.19 PMMartha Rosario wrote an inspired essay about her desire to improve the environment and make the world a better place for us all. She wrote about how she used to disregard her surroundings and the pollution and litter that surrounded her. However, once she put things in focus and realized that the Earth was her habitat and a place that should be cared for and respected, that’s when she started to see things through a whole new perspective. While she acknowledges that there is not a lot of money to be made with her chosen career; she feels that the satisfaction of knowing she is doing good, will make up for that lower pay.Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 5.15.27 PM

Kyaw Kyaw Aung wrote about his admiration for his dad and his desire to become an engineer like his father. He originally did not fully understand his father’s need to try to fix everything; he felt it was foolish when he could easily call a professional and have them finish the work a lot more quickly. However, he writes about how his impression of his father changed one day when he was able to see what a beneficial asset it could be to know how to fix all kinds of things. He soon began to understand his father’s intrinsic desire to take things into his own hands and figure out how they work.

Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 4.58.27 PMEui Kyung (Pearl) Rhee wrote about her aspiration to play the flute and create beautiful music for others to enjoy, as well as to become a flute teacher, and/or a music therapist. She took us through the journey of her flute playing. Her passion for the flute was apparent right from the start; she talked about how she spent many hours in her bathroom practicing the flute so as to not disturb the neighbors. Eventually, when she joined the praise team at her church and began playing for individuals with special needs. Initially, she turned a blind eye to them and did not really acknowledge them; however, one day, she decided to pay attention to the audience she was playing for and that is when she saw how much joy her music brought them.

We want to give a huge thank you to these three wonderful and impressive young students, along with the rest of the scholarship participants; they inspire us to continue to devote our time and energy to working to help the youth in our community. We are sure that nothing but wonderful things await these young adults.

Aside from thanking the scholarship participants, we also would like to thank Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Pamela Snow (the Scholarship and Senior Awards Night Coordinator), and Jenna Gutman (School Counselor).  We have nothing but great things to say about them. They dedicate their lives to helping the students in their school succeed and attain all of their goals. Overall, we really appreciate the students, teachers, counselors, and parents at Eleanor Roosevelt High School and we look forward to working with all of you for many years to come.


We provide one-on-one tutoring for students all over Southern California.  We have tutors that specialize in various different subjects.  We provide tutoring in Eastvale, Corona, Chino Hills, Chino, Ontario, Norco, Mira Loma, Diamond Bar, Rancho Cucamonga, Alta Loma, Riverside, San Bernardino, Beaumont, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch, Whittier, Pasadena, Pomona, Upland, Claremont, Monrovia, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, the Inland Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Chino Valley.

May 172015
 
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Scholarship Winner:

Eleanor Roosevelt High School Scholarship Winner:

“Thwack! Thwack! Thwack!” These sounds were constantly recurring. The perpetual hammering stimulated my ears, and the only time it was quiet was when my father finished his project. An engineer himself, he was an independent man who took everything in his now hands. My father painted the house with originality; almost every equipment we owned, from chairs to the air-conditioners, were custom-designed and made from scratch. It was difficult for me as a kid to comprehend these laborious actions. One day, my father finished another strenuous project and I asked him a simple question, “Why didn’t you just call a mechanic to fix the car’s engine?” “Because why rely on someone else when you can do it yourself?” he answered. I did not understand what this meant. I did not care that I did not understand because I was annoyed and agitated by the continuous hammering and the distance between us. I kept this frustration towards my father to myself which haunted me all the time. One road trip, however, bent my vision.

The car tire popped out of nowhere. It was already dark. I tried calling authorities for help, but we were too far from the city. It would be morning by the time assistance arrived. My face clouded from disappointment but my father stepped out of the car. All I could do in this darkness was watch. What interrupted the silence was a strangely familiar sound. “Thwack! Thwack!” I looked out the window and saw my father working, eye-level with the tire. A nut between the tire and the alloy broke while he was working. My father soaked a part of shirt with oil and attempted to remove the tire. It took him several tries, and finally it came off.

I was stunned. What he did was incredible, but how could he see light in this crisis? In that instant, my father made me realize why he chose to dedicate his sweat to fixing and inventing. It was because this ability can help people.

I aspire to be an engineer because I have seen the healing effects of engineering. For we are in a time of rapid social and technological changes, the need of engineers to think and capture creativity in engineering when developing solutions to open-ended, real-world problems is now greater than ever before. I seek to question, explore, discover, refine, and invent to repair problematic, yet attention deficit areas of technology. My childhood ephiphanies and respect for creativity in resolutions have developed into a moving passion today. As an engineer, I can work on projects that benefit people and our environment, such as developing efficient transportation systems, opting for new sources of energy, alleviating the world’s hunger, and increasing the living standards of countries. I aim to use my knowledge and ability to begin my own project in the field of engineering.

May 172015
 
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Eleanor Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

There is a background story that must be known in order to see the passion I have acquired. My flute -the hallmark of my talents a as musician- was named Miracle, for she survived an atrocious accident: getting run over by my mom’s Toyota. however, that is not the only reason. Although one should aim to be humble, I can testify to the astounding gift of music I have acquired through countless days of practice and the benevolence of musical insight. Whereas some are quick to dismiss the flute as merely an instrument, just another tool to create sound, I perceive this piece of silver as a vessel to express my emotions in the most quintessential manner -a miracle.

Even with the congestion of economic troubles, it was my mother who emotionally and financially supported me and my trusty companion. Though very grateful, I could not bear the anticipation set for me to be successful; sadly, this became manifested in what is conventionally called stage fright. My first flute competition conjured emotions of the same ilk: anxiety, fear, and stress. My mother, being the lovely lady she is, bid me love and smile with a whisper louder than a cannon’s shot, “Sing!” I never entered a stage without letting my mother’s voice ring internally to comfort me with her eternal arms. With newfound confidence, I entered to see a panel of prominent judges. The next moment I remember afterwards is the walk to our car. I left the competition with no awards or acknowledgement.

Tasting frustration, I used this time yearning to heighten myself with elongated hours of practice. I could not relinquish my dreams of becoming a virtuoso- not yet. Due to complaints form neighbors in our apartment complex, I practiced in the bathroom situated at the furthest edge of our home. Unashamed, I was willing to practice anywhere, whether it be in the closet or the garage. What benevolence it was to even dream of playing an instrument and creating music with an enthralling story in itself! To this day, the bathroom is a place in which I am most attached and indebted to. This was where I chronicled my diary of learning, musically and personally, as I shed my dispirited heart to make room for growth and healing. In fact, this unorthodox practice room was  blessing in disguise as the particular acoustics that a tiled room created enabled me to hear every nuance in my sound quality with an increasingly refined ear. Having strengthened my technical weakness and having put together my own personal interpretation of music, I performed int he proceeding competition with more maturity and clarity than I had ever had before. As the crowning reward of art, all my previous competition failures, hours of practice in the cramped quarters of my bathroom, and consciousness of my family’s relentless love all accumulated to help me produce the finest performance defined by me. Gratefully enough, I was given an opportunity to give back what I was blessed with.

Every Sunday at church, I accompany the praise team with my flute in a service called the Love Ministry: a specialized institution particularly for the mentally challenged. In all honesty, I was initially guilty of both sentiments myself, wondering whether the songs and sermons could even be understood by these types of people who showed various signs of developmental delay. I assembled my flute, played mechanically, and left thoughtlessly each week. One day, I realized that I did not have the slightest idea of what the members of the ministry even looked like. Disturbed by this, I decided to pay attention to those for whom I was playing for. Every face displayed pure and unadulterated happiness. Not a hint of worry or regret marred their very apparent joy, I was humbled and ashamed of my prior obliviousness. All I could do was to make amends to say thank you, forgive me, and I love you. Thank you for epitomizing selflessness with your undemanding natures; forgive me for being unable to help in a greater way; and I love you for being such exemplars of innocence and grace. Graciously, these people have shown me just how unjustified and ignorant both positions are. They have made me ponder who really the minister was, as more was realized and learned through these precious people than any words or songs. Through their collective acts, my previously pretentious self has become increasingly understanding and modest- forever changed for the better.

I was not immune to the call for action stirringly expressed by Robert F. Kennedy’s “A Ripple of Hope” speech: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and int he total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” My previous experiences have molded my dream. I was taught that a musician’s goal is to change the emotional state of their audience. Using the financial aid and education, I foster the hope that Miracle and I will work together to bring forth miracles of our own. As a professional performer, I want to urge people to feel raw joy or sadness through music and reflect within themselves or forget about life for a moment. As a flute teacher, I want to discipline future young adults to see the power of music and aid the world in their ways through music. As a music therapist, I would like to prescribe music, not medicine to the mentally challenged friends.

Unfortunately, I must admit that my financial position is very weak as of today. With humbled gratitude, I plan to use the scholarship rewards as assistance to completing my educational plans. I am happily imagining a portable laptop I can use away from home, or new books that will teach me in lieu of a professor who will be busy at all times. The materials are important of course, but my dreams that I walked through in this writing would have become bubbles if I did not have the financial ability to, essentially, receive professional education in college. Dear staff and representatives of this scholarship, no words will suffice to express my gratitude for your time and consideration. Although the only thing I can do now is to receive, I promise to myself and you that I truly wish to give back in the future what I have received today. i was taught that a musician’s goal is to change the emotional state of their audience. Using the financial aid and education, I engender the hope that Miracle and I will heal those who are hurt.

May 172015
 
Eleanor Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

Eleanor Roosevelt High School Student Wins Tutoring Scholarship

I formed my strong environmental standpoint through my willingness to be educated and through the world I have seen. Even when my family had to travel across the seas, from the Philippines to America, they managed to provide me with the opportunity to go to school and give me educational advice. With these resources, I found myself passionate for the environment.

As a kid, I disregarded the things I saw daily in the streets of Manila, Philippines. Whenever my parents drove somewhere, looking outside I saw countless amounts of trash dormant in gutters, trees, and highways. I saw puffs of black smoke coming out of the tail of all vehicles. There were billboards scattered around the city, advertising phone companies or brands of milk. Those didn’t seem to matter when I was a kid, but with the education I have now do I realize that these everyday-things were contributing to the degradation of the Earth’s environment. Because it always was never “their litter,” litter is dropped in places and clumps up, mistaken for food by animals. Because a “little” smoke never hurt anyone, engines are left turned on, making it more difficult to breathe. Because money is “never” a bad thing, billboards are displayed for profitable outcomes, which distract people from the real problem: lacking awareness of self-created problems. These problems have prompted me to spark change upon the way that surroundings are left uncared for because they have no physical voice to defend themselves. These problems that existed when I was a kid, still exists today as we continue to be distracted from environmental issues that will affect is in the future.

Through extensive thinking of how these problems started, I am motivated to question why people have the “what’s in it for me?” mentality. From the community in the Philippines to the community in America I live in today, I still see people carry a selfish mentality towards little or big environmental concerns. It is scarce to see anyone do something as simple as discarding school lunches in trash cans, picking up scraps of paper in classrooms, or being compassionate towards school custodians by cleaning after a mess created. People’s lack of actions to contribute towards the well-being of their surroundings, has stimulated me to pursue a college education in environmental science and social ecology. I want to dissect the origin of why people lack the initiative to nurture their surroundings and educate myself of what can be done to improve it through influencing others to see that this planet is worth saving.

I see this world as my home and its inhabitants as people I live with. It is deeply rooted in my conscience to always feel the gumption to do something for this home of mine, despite the tendency for people to neglect their surroundings. Even if the salary of a green career is not as plentiful and rewarding as another, it would not discourage me to pursue a path that values money over the well-being of Earth. It is engrained in my lifestyle to live sustainably by reducing waste and using better alternatives to relieve some of Earth’s exhaustion from degradation. By immersing myself in an education, I am a step closer to becoming a part of the solution: to inform others of the problems that exist, to garner a group of individuals who stand on the same perspective as I do, and to build foundations of sustainability that we all can thrive on. My passion to improve the environment’s health would not only benefit itself, but every person as well. By contributing efforts to preserve Earth’s natural systems, people are able to take advantage of a safer and purer world that won’t have to endure seeing the mass extinction of trees, animals, water, and most importantly, control. By preserving our resources now, we will not have to lose control or engage in wars over it later, when it’s too late.

Some have laughed at me, discouraged me, and even sympathized me for my vision that they think will never come to pass. Their doubts and opposition only empower me to keep moving towards my goal. As long as I remember the world I have seen and continue to live in this world of environmental corruptness, I will always dream to reform the way people think and treat their environment.

May 152015
 
The Tutoring Solution's April Students of the Month  - Michael Leib (left) and Christian Leib (right)

The Tutoring Solution’s April Students of the Month – Michael Leib (left) and Christian Leib (right)

For the month of April 2015, we selected Michael and Christian Leib as our Students of the Month. Although we typically select one student as our Student of the Month, we decided that this month we would make an exception due to the great successes these two brothers have achieved in the past few months.

Michael and Christian receive their tutoring in Chino. Michael is a 5th grader and Christian is a 3rd grader; they both attend Lyle S. Briggs Fundamental School. They have been working with us since October 2014; they have been working with our tutor Nicole to help them improve their understanding of math and their writing techniques. Both Michael and Christian have made great strides in these past few months; we could not be prouder of these two talented young brothers.

We first met Maria, Michael and Christian’s mom, through another client we were working with. Maria first approached us because her two son’s were in need of some additional help with their math studies and their writing skills. Due to her request, and because we agreed that it would be a great match, we paired up her boys with Nicole. Right from the start it was a perfect pairing.

Nicole describes the boys as being great kids who are very deserving of praise for their enthusiasm and hard work. She describes Michael as being, “probably the most organized student I have tutored. He is very neat, which I believe helps contribute to his academic success. On top of this, Michael is very vocal when he doesn’t understand a certain subject. This is a very good trait to have because it helps me determine how much time to spend on each subject.” We recently learned from Maria, that Michael had received the honor-roll – a prestigious award given to students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher for the trimester.

Nicole describes Christian as being “a very eager learner. He listens carefully and gets so excited when he understands a subject. I believe Christian’s enthusiasm for learning is a strong contributing factor to his scholastic improvement.” We also learned that Christian received an award in school for his improvement in math.

Clearly both these boys are taking their lessons seriously and making the most of their time with their tutor – the results have been wonderful. The best part of our job is when we are able to pair up students with a tutor that is able to understand the student’s academic needs and is able to work around hiccups to help them learn and progress academically. Clearly Nicole was a great match for these boys. Maria said of Nicole, “We are thankful for Nicole. Nicole is patient, understanding, and a great tutor for our boys. We look forward to continuing to work with her.”

We asked Maria what her thoughts were on the tutoring services they had received thus far. She noted that she has seen great improvements in her son’s school performance; she said, “With your services, both of our sons are making academic progress. The boys are showing more confidence in day to day activities, especially in school. We appreciate your patience and your hard work. Thank you The Tutoring Solution and especially our sons’ tutor, Nicole.” Nicole too has noted improvements, she said, “Every week I work with Michael and Christian I observe how their understanding of the course material increases. Both boys have taken what they learned in the past and are using their previous knowledge to help them answer current problems.” She also added that due to their time together, “Michael is able to complete his assignments and explain exactly what is going.” While, Christian’s “math skills have increased enormously. Not only is he understanding math better, but he’s able to complete problems at a faster pace, which will help him on exams.” She also added that Christian’s spelling has also improved.

Nicole has really enjoyed her time working with Michael and Christian this school year. She said, “Both Christian and Michael are two of the nicest kids I have met. On top of their well manners, they are both very honest when they don’t understand a subject. This is helpful because I am able to spend more time with them focusing on what they need help with most. The boys are also very hard-working. They are focused and always finish their homework before baseball practice. This discipline, that they are learning at such an early age, will benefit them more and more as they grow up.”

Congratulations to Michael and Christian! You are both very deserving of this nomination. You are a pleasure to work with. We hope to be able to continue to work with you and see you both achieve more of your academic goals. Thank you for letting us be a part of your academic journey.

 


 

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 Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Chino Hills, Chino, 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.