Tag: Student Spotlight

Nov 12

Meet Adam, Yalda, and Naz

Guest post by School on Wheels volunteer ambassador Stacey Millett.


Recently Yalda published a book of her poetry to raise funds for School on Wheels. It includes drawings from School on Wheels students as well! You can buy the book here and on November 16th, 2019 there will be a public book launch party in Ventura


Adam, 16 years old, started with School On Wheels in March 2018. He describes his experience with his tutors as being “positive and helpful in creating a template to reach his goals.”

When Adam came to School On Wheels his main aspiration was to work on increasing his SAT score. Adam’s current goal is to score within the top 1 percent of students on the PSAT, which will make him eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program. He would like to attend USC and study biology and design. 

School On Wheels worked to facilitate a personal relationship that would support Adam in achieving his goals. Yalda,16, and her mother Naz tutored Adam together. Adam says, “they are both very helpful and have different points of view. Perspectives from both the mother and daughter help in different areas and provides a balance in learning.” 

The three met each week, and sometimes their sessions lasted over two hours. If they were unable to meet in person they did Skype sessions on the computer. Adam was very grateful to School On Wheels for providing a computer so that his learning has no boundaries.  

Adam and Yalda are the same age. Yalda has benefited from the tutor sessions as well, as she was studying to take her SAT test soon. Typically, when one of them answered a problem incorrectly, the other will have answered correctly, and vice versa. Naz, in a truly parental fashion, made sure they took breaks outside of the library: getting fresh air and even going for a quick jog around the building. 

This unique tutoring template they have created “worked working wonderfully,” Naz explained. When Adam began his School on Wheels tutoring sessions with Naz and Yalda, his score was 1170. He’s now at 1450! “This was a big turning point”, Naz continued, “when Adam scored so high, it made all three realize their hard work and dedication was really showing results and it gave them all more trust in each other and the process.”

Adam’s advice to other School On Wheel students is this: “Find a goal and dedicate yourself to your goal. If you are struggling to find something to focus on, ask others what they think you are good at, see if that is a good fit, and keep your head down and work hard. If things get hard along the way, believe that it will get better.” 

Adam adds that “when he achieves his success he will have three to credit: Yalda, Naz and School On Wheels for helping him get there.” Yalda believes 100% in this possibility, saying “Adam has a bright future ahead of him and can do anything he commits to.”

Apr 5

Students of the Month – April 2017

Online Tutoring:

Vyctoria (3rd Grade) LOVES online tutoring. When other students are absent and cannot attend their online tutoring sessions, Vyctoria is always ready to jump in! Some of Vyctoria’s favorite things to do with her online tutors include reading stories, solving math puzzles, drawing and playing hangman! Vyctoria’s thirst for learning is contagious. Go Vyctoria!
– Skid Row Learning Center

 

Skid Row Learning Center:

Jasmine (6th Grade)  is a creative, imaginative, hardworking 6th grader who’s love for reading rivals our huge love for her! Jasmine has merged her love for reading and her creativity to make a fantastic Harry Potter pillow. Jasmine just celebrated her birthday and we want to wish her a fantastic Happy Birthday!
Jason Wright–Skid Row Learning Center Specialist

 

Region 6:

Trinity (1st Grade)  loves to draw. About this masterpiece, she said, “It’s me picking flowers in the rain. I like rainbows and flowers and the sky because it’s a pretty blue.” She also likes reading books, especially if they are funny or silly.  Trinity sometimes has to work hard on a new book. But it’s worth the effort when her (toothless!) smile appears with every word that is correctly sounded out. It’s so fun to hear Trinity read a book she has practiced and mastered. The pride in herself can be heard in her voice as she reads.
Karen Mooney –Tutor

 

Region 8:

Helen (3rd grade) What I like most about Helen is that she is a steady learner. She might not understand a concept at first but she can easily build up her knowledge as I ask her increasingly harder questions. This will be very important for her in the future when she is exposed to more challenging topics. I’m very confident that she will keep learning and have a bright future. Goooo Helen!
Alexandria Taylor – Tutor

 

Region 9:

Jeremiah (6th Grade)  While I am tutoring Jeremiah, I can say that he is tutoring me how to be patient, calm, and creative. During our sessions, Jeremiah has shown me to be surprisingly empathetic, humble, attentive and hardworking during our studies. And to my amazement, he’s quite an artist too! He had drawn me a Pokemon as a gift, which has constantly reminded me how awesomely rewarding it is to commit an hour of my week to tutor a child like Jeremiah.
Dave Lindqvist– Tutor

 

Region 4:

Caylee (7th Grade)  I have only worked with School on Wheels for around 4 months, but in those 4 months, I was able to see my impact on Caylee, my student, as well as find my passion for helping people. Caylee is wonderful to work with, she is always eager to learn, and I enjoy tutoring her and seeing her progress.
Audrey Hsu – Tutor

 

 

Region 5:

Joshua (10th grade) is a very self-motivated and determined student. When I first started working with him, his biggest issues academically stemmed from a lack of organization and a tendency to rush through his work. Since then, he has improved in both areas and has been able to maintain passing grades in all of his classes. I look forward to continuing to work with him and am confident that he has a bright future ahead of him!
Chris Klein – Tutor