In a quiet little study space on the second floor of Placerville’s Wilkinson Hupcey Building, tutor Jennifer Tucker sat at a desk with a high school student poring over the week’s math lesson. Tucker posed a few questions in an effort to understand the student’s thought process. Aided by this insight the tutor found several example problems that filled in gaps of understanding, and with a little time the two were building test strategies and seeing higher grades.
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“Every person’s mind is different. My job is to figure out how the student thinks, how their brain works. Then I can successfully connect that student with the learning process,” Tucker said.
Tucker, 56, lives in Placerville and has been a tutor for 15 years working at Folsom Lake College and various tutoring agencies. In August of 2011 she started her own tutoring business and she’s calling it Tucker Tutoring Plus in honor of her late father.
“I struggled with math in jr. high and high school. Because of that I know how to explain math step by step so the student can understand,” Tucker said.
At Tucker Tutoring Plus, students of all ages — all the way through college — can get help in any academic subject. Tutoring sessions require no contract, are one-on-one, and tailored to the needs of each student.
“I provide individualized instruction to students of all ages who are struggling with school. I specialize in students with disabilities. Many of my students have ADD, hyperactivity, or learning disabilities,” Tucker said. One strategy that helps Tucker work with such students is helping them identify their behaviors and attitudes that interfere with learning.
“When teachers in the classroom have 25 kids, they don’t have time to focus on one student like I can here. I supplement what the teachers are doing and provide students with a positive learning experience,” Tucker explained. “I hope for students to leave here with a better knowledge of themselves and a tool kit of skills for learning anything anywhere.”
Sometimes problems in school can be traced back to a lack of self esteem. “A success that feeds my spirit is when I help someone turn around their attitude so that they feel good about themselves,” Tucker said.
“I’m not a substitute for a teacher or a parents’ involvement. It’s very important for a parent to know what their kid is doing in school,” Tucker said.
“If you find yourself calling your child lazy, come see me. Chances are they are working twice as hard,” Tucker said. Tucker Tutoring Plus offers tutoring Monday through Thursday and by appointment. For more information visit tuckertutoringplus.com or call (530) 391 8653.