A week into tutoring, Rose Coughlin’s ninth-grade student started to get the hang of systems of equations.
In their first sessions, Coughlin, a fourth-year student in the College studying mathematics and economics, had used the special colored pens she brought to note key terms for him. Now, he was underlining the terms by himself and solving problems using the strategies she taught him.
Moments like this were why Coughlin, who has worked for the University’s Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) since January 2020, signed up to tutor in the first place: to pursue her passion for public education and give back to the community during her time at UChicago.
Whether it’s serving as a leader in the classroom, or connecting with students through one-on-one tutoring, Coughlin’s experiences have taught her about the impact that strong role models can make.
“With the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teacher shortage and COVID-19 learning loss, students need more one-on-one attention than ever,” Coughlin said. “Everyone learns differently and is at different levels when it comes to math or reading or science, and personalized attention can help each student learn what they need in order to meet grade level standards.”
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This story was first published by The College at UChicago.