Adventures in Tutoring, Day One: Success!

Well, yesterday went a lot better than I expected! I started tutoring both of my little brothers, and I was terrified they would not be willing to learn from their big sister.

Both of my brothers have learning disabilities – Sean was deaf for the first three years of his life, and even though he is now twelve, he still has a few problems; Kevin most likely has severe Asperger’s Syndrome but has yet to be tested due to my parents not being able to afford the medical expenses (…or being willing to accept that he might actually have a problem…). It makes me sick when I realize that both of my brothers are highly intelligent, and the schools just don’t seem to care that they could succeed in school if they were given the right attention. Sean is an amazing artist and can read at a higher level for his age, especially considering he couldn’t even talk correctly until he was almost four, and Kevin is basically a genius in everything.

I know I’m probably not the best tutor out there, but mom and dad can’t afford to pay for somebody who may or may not be able to do the job. Considering I know how my brothers work, I can make sure to give them help in the areas they need to work on and do it in a way that they can actually be able to understand it.

This little exercise is also going to help me figure out if I want to look into a career in teaching. Of course, this is just the beginning, so I have no clue where my mindset will be further on…. I guess I just have to wait and see!

If anyone has any suggestions on how I can help my brothers (cool activities and stuff like that so I’m not boring them to tears….), please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. Any help will be appreciated!

 

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Has It Really Been Five Months?

I can’t believe I took so long to make a new post. Seems like I’m falling into my old habit of stopping things in the middle…

In my defense, a lot of stuff has been going on lately, and it’s hard keeping my thoughts straight when I’m constantly on the go. I started back to school in August, finally settling on getting my degree in Human Services. At first I was aiming for Social Work and Child Protection, but I have since started rethinking that decision. I am entirely too emotional to deal with the stuff I would be seeing all the time and would probably lose my mind (or get fired for slapping some idiot in the face after seeing how they abused their kid….). I still want to help and work with children, but the only thing that is currently available at my school is early childhood education, and I’m not sure if being a teacher is right for me.

I seem so lost, don’t I?

My school work has slipped, unfortunately. I can’t seem to focus now between work and school, and I just got hired on at a second job, so I will be most likely working seven days a week for the next couple of months. The second job is only seasonal, but I have already told them that I would be willing to quit my first one if they could hire me on as part-time. I start this weekend (two days a week at 12 hour days…. Good thing it pays well!) I’m so ready to get out of my old job. I know it will be hard balancing two jobs and school, but I am in desperate need of money.

I’m determined to do better in school next semester. I have already registered for my classes and am working hard to get my grades back up in my classes for this semester. I still have a lot of thinking to do with how I want to use my degree and the path I need to take through school, but at least I have my foot on the ground.

Does anyone have any advice they can give me on how I could use my degree to my advantage, so I’m not wasting my time and effort going through all of this?