My son was having trouble in school because he was disorganized, had difficulty putting his thoughts/ideas on paper, and tackling big projects. Therefore, I reached out to Tonya Chubb for some help. What we most liked about Tonya’s teaching/coaching style is she first talked and got to know our son. She let him talk and tell her what his interests were and how he learned best whether it be hands on, watching videos, reading, or just saying it out loud. Tonya made it a point to have myself or husband close by in order to hear and interact with both of them if necessary. She wanted to ensure that we were included in his learning experience and how we all could help him and not just her. She also wanted to ensure that we were happy with her teaching style.
Tonya was not only a tutor/life coach for him but for us as parents too. I remember he did a project where he had to make Banana bread. Tonya included the whole family and took pictures through out the process. Another time he produced a video for a stem fair project that included the whole family. We learned thru this process that it takes the whole family not just a tutor to engage a child and have him enjoy his learning experience. Tonya gave him the tools he needed in order to organize his thoughts and ideas on paper. She created a graphic organizer for him in order to tackle projects.
Our son would often get overwhelmed with big projects. He had great ideas, but was not able to organize everything. The graphic organizer allowed him to plan it out step by step so he did not get frustrated. I remember Tonya saying one time, “Just spit all your words and thoughts out on paper first no matter how jumbled, then you can organize it later.” Tonya made our son feel comfortable and confident so he was able to express to her how he learned best and what he liked and disliked about learning.
Our son showed improvement in many areas after Tonya helped him. I remember a couple of the teachers emailing or mentioning to me how much better he was doing. That was so nice to hear given most of the emails or comments were more on the negative side. Our son participated more in class discussions because he had more confidence. He received A’s on his projects because he was able to organize his thoughts with the graphic organizer and be more prepared for his presentations. He had less missing assignments because Tonya gave him and us as parents the proper tools to assist him.
I would definitely recommend Tonya. However, I would not consider Tonya a “tutor”. She is a mentor/life coach for kids as well as the parents. She includes the family in the learning process and gives the parents and child the proper tools and abilities to best assist the child.