VC tutors help students along their path to success

They help give private lessons and inspire students to ask for help when needed
Karalyn Jones Homan, math and English teacher at Victoria College, helps a student write at the VC tutoring center.

VICTORIA, Texas – Karalyn Jones Homan explains why she sought tutoring as a student at Victoria College. She mentioned one of her biggest motivators when asked.

“There were always snacks,” Homan said. “It’s a big deal.”

Homan now teaches math and English at the VC tutoring center. She and nearly 30 other VC tutors were recognized for their work during National Tutors Appreciation Week October 4-8.

“I went to the tutoring center every day because it was a quiet place to work,” Homan said. “I was so in there that they said I had to become a tutor.”

Karina Garcia Herrera shares her experience

At first, Karina Garcia Herrera was reluctant to become a math teacher. She then changed her mind after her math teacher at VC convinced her to give it a try.

“Melanie Yosko really pushed me to apply. She thought I would be a good candidate, ”Herrera said. “I got a B in pre-calculus, so I didn’t feel confident enough to teach. I got an A in Calculus 1 so I decided to apply.

Victoria College offers free tutoring service every day of the week at VC’s main campus and the Gonzales Center. The sessions can be done face-to-face or virtually.

During the spring semester of 2021, 419 students used the services of the Tutoring Center. Seventy-seven percent of students have been tutored four or more times and passed their courses.

“The Tutoring Center offers several ways to receive private lessons and is flexible to help accommodate students,” said Lisa Washington, senior tutor. “We love to see students walk into the tutoring center, whether they work independently or need help. “

Homan and Herrera find the job rewarding

“This light bulb moment is amazing,” Homan said. “It’s amazing what this moment can do for people. It opens up everything, and then the rest of the field is not as difficult for them to understand.

“I like knowing that I am helping someone to continue their education,” Herrera said. “It’s very satisfying because I don’t do the job, it’s really them. It’s satisfying for them to realize that as well.

While students may be reluctant to request tutoring, Homan and Herrera said that once they walk through the door of the tutoring center, their reluctance will subside.

“We will never judge you,” Herrera said. “I think every tutor has been helped and also been in a position where they don’t get it. Then they will certainly understand.

The Total Learning Center at Victoria College also offers resources and ensures equality for all students to achieve their goals and realize their potential. In addition to the tutoring center, VC’s Total Learning Center also offers learning frameworks and success coaching.

You can find more information about the tutoring services available by visiting VictoriaCollege.edu/TotalLearningCenter. You can also call 361-582-2438.

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