Feb 12, 2018
What’s the scoop? Math tutor Brent Rummage of Louisville, Kentucky, was recognized as this year’s “Peer Tutor of the Year” by the Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP), after his colleagues in the University of Louisville’s REACH tutoring program put his name in the running. The annual award goes to one student tutor nationwide.
Good on him! Rummage said he was “extremely surprised” by his nomination, but it’s a no-brainer when you consider the full-time college student balances his own studies with a 20-hour work week, and has been tutoring in math at REACH since August 2016, enough to earn him certification as a Master Tutor (level III certification) through the College Reading and Learning Association, another tutoring professional accreditation service.
How’s he taking to the limelight? The national award comes as a “tremendous honor,” says Rummage. “It’s so rewarding to see a tutee grasp a concept and totally take ownership of the math problem that minutes ago was giving them a headache.” His work as a math tutor is his “way of giving back,” Rummage adds, for all the support he received before attending university.
The award comes ahead of “Reaching for the Summit of Student Success,” the ATP’s 14th annual conference for tutoring professionals, to be held from March 18 – 21, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona.
The bottom line for tutors… Every client likes the knowledge that they or their student are in capable hands. Tutors should maintain tutoring professional accreditations, like Rummage (and other smart tutors), to highlight their mastery of tutoring skills and knowhow.