Who We Are
The CUNY Tutor Corps in Math and Computer Science brings students from CUNY colleges into middle and high school classrooms, helping them become highly effective tutors and teaching assistants in the mathematics and computer science classrooms of 180 schools by 2020. The Tutor Corps is a partnership between CUNY, the Office of the Mayor, New York City Department of Education (DOE), and others.
Working with young students is challenging. We have to think on our feet often and find ways to connect with our tutees. Tutoring helps develop patience, self-awareness, and language skills, and being part of the CUNY Tutor Corps is an amazing learning opportunity. For me it was a life-changing experience.
It can be very difficult to motivate students to put in the effort and try to learn. What’s worse is that now students, even during the school day, are much more interested in their phones than on learning. Even if it’s only for twelve hours a week, it’s a good feeling to know that I am actively contributing to a community bigger than myself, by passing on what I know and even just by being present in the classroom.
The CUNY Tutor Corps experience played a huge role in my preparation. I really didn't realize just how much until I taught my mini-lesson and all the strategies I'd learned from the CTC trainings and working at KAPPA with the host teachers just flowed out so naturally. I definitely had an advantage that other applicants did not.
Thank you for the opportunity and the experience! If you ever need Tutor Corps alumni to help rally the next cohort, please consider me. I'd gladly share what the experience can do for anyone aspiring or considering a career in teaching.