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Learning from Each Other

Aug 29, 2023

I still remember the months leading up to my SAT: weeks reviewing key concepts after school, cramming random study sessions, while the weekends were spent on practice tests and reviewing those mistakes (fun times). While all that preparation was instrumental in helping me achieve a score close to my goal, looking back made me realize the key thing I was missing in those times - motivation. Specifically from others going through the same journey as me. That's why I joined as a tutor on SchoolHouse; I wanted to create a space where learners could practice and prepare together, while also giving them advice as someone who'd just recently been in their shoes - and I'm so glad I did! I got to meet amazing learners who had their own strengths and approaches to the test, giving me fresh perspectives on how to tackle questions and prepare more effectively. They provided amazing feedback, actively engaged in every session, and gave me a space to practice my communication skills (still a work in progress)! I highly recommend others to try tutoring on SchoolHouse too - not just for the volunteer hours (a great bonus), but also for the skills you learn and the experience you can apply in your future careers and projects. Because this was a space where we learned from each other. Together.

Akshaya M

Tutor in United States of America

SHW: My experience from a learner to a tutor

Jul 28, 2023

We all started as learners. We joined sessions, explored the platform, and joined many series. And then, we became tutors. We started teaching others and sharing our knowledge with people all over the world. Literally. This is my experience starting from a learner, to where I am now. I still remember the day I hosted my first ever session on schoolhouse. It was on percentages, the only topic I was certified in at that time. I remember feeling so nervous, and almost wanting to delete the session when I saw that a learner joined. I wasn't expecting that. I practiced and practiced and practiced, making sure I knew what I was going to say. My sister was right in front of me when I started the session. The learner joined soon after, and I started teaching. At first, I would mix up my words and forget what I was saying, but slowly, I started to get a hang of it. I stopped trembling and started to sort of enjoy it. After the session ended, the first thing I did was go to the feedback page and waited until finally, it came. I was ecstatic to find positive feedback from what I thought was not a very good session. The second time I hosted a session, I remember hoping that no one joined but to my surprise, and dismay, someone did join. Two. It went so much better, I felt more confident in my teaching, and I was so happy to see two more positive feedbacks. I wish I could say that all my fear of tutoring left me after that session, but ... well, It was after at least seven sessions that I felt fully confident. Now, I host regular sessions for live help, pre-algebra sessions, and fun enrichment series like writing competitions and interactive Game nights. I have over 70 positive ratings and have hosted 61 sessions. To any new tutor out there, let me just say, it gets better.

Liya D

Tutor in United States of America

My Experience with SHW SAT Prep!

Aug 25, 2023

I really appreciated how the tutors explained everything in detail and were patient with me when I did not understand something. They tried their best to make the class fun and interactive as possible and it was sucessful. The tips they gave were amazing as well and I think even paid classes could not give me the tips they gave me. I have tried paid classes but I felt that this was better in a way because I was learning from people who had experience with the SAT. All in all I highly reccomend this series.

Harjas C

Learner in United States of America

SAT Tutoring is the Way to Go!

Jun 18, 2023

I got a 1480 on my first try on the SAT, and I am very sure it was due in part largely to the efforts of countless amazing tutors. I was able to find just the right SAT prep sessions/series that helped me out a lot. I also had an incredible tutor who did a SAT Bootcamp with me even when I was the only one attending, and that inspired me to keep trying. Thank you Schoolhouse tutors!!!! I 100% recommend anyone studying for the SAT to make it a point to attend these tutoring sessions. It totally pays off!

Evie R

Learner in United States of America

SAT Block: Goodbye, Hesitations

Aug 25, 2023

I'm a senior and I've been studying for the SAT since freshman year. Paid prep didn't work, despite my parents' constant pressure. When junior year finished, I told my parents to save some money and let me try out Khan Academy. I was about a couple hundred questions in when I received an email about free SAT prep in partnership with Khan Academy. I thought to myself, "Heck yeah!" and immediately signed up for a bootcamp series. Since that day, I've been more prepared and devoted to improving my score than the young freshie who didn't know why she was thrusted into SAT prep. I started attending bootcamp with a purpose and I've come a long way--from 600 on the R&W to a 720. My tutor, Anne L, from Maryland, is, honestly, breathtakingly patient, understandable, and informative. I could not have survived August's studying without her and the class. Thank you, SchoolHouse. Good luck on my August SAT tomorrow!

Rori L

Learner in United States of America

Best Learning Platform SHW

Jun 9, 2023

Schoolhouse is an amazing platform that I have been using for almost a half a year now for both learning and tutoring. What I appreciate the most about this platform is that it provides learning sessions for those or specially me struggling at some AP Classes or need help in certain topic. As a tutor , I always try my best to provide leaners with the correct information. Moreover, it allows me to meet people from all over the world. Aside from focusing on learning and teaching. Schoolhouse provides me safe environment and building a comfortable community. I enjoy working with people and helping them anything I can. Even though I have only been using School House for less than a year, my love for it grows every day and my interest for this community grows. I would like express gratitude and Thanks to all Teams , Drew and all Tutors and learner's to make this a safe and amazing community .I highly would recommend this wonderful platform to everyone.

Sai Rithwik K

Tutor in United States of America

What Learners Have To Say About Sessions

Professional young man speaks very good as a teacher, as someone would with a great deal of experience. Vismay P. is very knowledgeable about programming. I would definitely recommend this tutor. Also he shared many recourses that will be very helpful to me in my continued learning. There were 2 people in the class and attention was given to each person fairly so that each person took from the class.
Learner in Vismay P's session

(Parent here) Excellent teaching -- the best tutoring we've seen so far. Very organized, useful time management tips, engaging process of letting kids try the questions on their own then calling on them to explain, and helpful review of key learnings at the end. Thank you!
Learner in Shiva K's session

I don’t know how but your way of explaining complex topics make so much sense to me. I tend to struggle with a lot of topics because I am definitely more of a hands on learner which was difficult in a virtual school setting since I tend to not ask a lot of questions even though I know I should. I really appreciate how attentive you are and if you continue doing topic like tonight’s, I will probably pass the exam because of you :’).
Learner in Karen J's session

Ananyaa was super nice and chill. She gave some great tips I'll be sure to use from now on.
Learner in Ananyaa N's session

The tutor was amazing! She provided us with an engaging session wherein she cleared all our doubts. The slides and the annotations were exceptionally informative. I hope to attend many more sessions by this tutor.
Learner in Simran R's session

my friend and I have been trying to go to every single one of your sessions for the past few weeks and we literally love you. like we go to other tutor sessions and are always saying we miss karen. thank you so much for everything you've been so helpful and patient I hope I have a reason to use schoolhouse again for SAT prep maybe!
Learner in Karen J's session

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