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disadvantages, working one-on-one or in
small groups provides a kind of learning that
a large classroom cannot. “For kids, knowing
that someone else is interested in their success and holds hopes and aspirations for them
is hugely affirmative,” adds Katsin.
Volunteer tutors aren’t required to have a
teaching background, though many of them
do. Most opt to work with younger children
to avoid challenging classes like algebra, and
those willing to revisit a subject occasionally need to brush up before meeting with
students. Ultimately, it seems that tutoring is
less about pairing students with an academic
expert than it is about finding someone who
is invested in the child’s success and willing
to spend the time to work through problems
until the lesson becomes clear.
Those involved in MCSV insist that for
all the time they give to the kids, they’re
the ones who reap the benefits. “The joyous
support one gets from the children, their
parents, the teacher and the school has made
this experience tremendously satisfying,”
says Ron Zimmerman, a volunteer at San
Pedro. “I feel as if I’ve gotten back much more
than I’ve given.” M
We need to be in every
• For more information, or to find out how to get
Marin public school. We’re
simply not going to be content
with anything less.
involved, call 415.499.5896 or visit mcsv.org.