Despite working full-time, I still decided to continue tutoring during the Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 semesters. I tutored students in financial accounting, introductory and intermediate managerial accounting and financial management.
After the school year ended, I asked my tutees to fill out a feedback/rating form discussing what they liked/disliked about having me as a tutor. Of the 19 students I tutored, 10 responded and left feedback (53% response rate).
The rating form had 4 categories:
- Knowledge in subject
The questionnaire had 5 options for each question:
- Very poor (1)
- Poor (2)
- Neither good or bad (3)
- Good (4)
- Very good (5)
The results are summarized in the following chart:
Submission # Clarity Knowledge Helpfulness Overall 1 5 5 5 5 2 4 4 4 4 3 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 7 5 5 5 5 8 5 5 5 5 9 5 5 5 5 10 5 5 5 5 Average 4.90 4.90 4.90 4.90 Median 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
The rest of the questionnaire asked the following questions:
- Would you recommend Ahmed as a tutor?
- What did you like most about having Ahmed as your tutor?
- What did you like least about having Ahmed as your tutor (what can improve)?
- Would Ahmed make a good prof? Why or why not?
- Additional thoughts/feedback (optional):
The individual responses to these five questions can viewed in a PDF file by clicking here. Nothing has been added, altered or left out except for the student’s name which was optional. Below are a few examples of what students said:
“What I liked about Ahmed being my tutor was how he has a friendly, non judgemental and approachable personality, which made it easier as the student to ask questions. When I couldn’t grasp the concept that we were going over, I could ask Ahmed to explain it to me until I understood it and with his patience he was able to do so. I liked how he could break it down into simpler terms on how to get right to the point and he had certain diagrams that were easy to remember and extremely helpful.”
“[Ahmed] was very punctual and patient. I have found this to be the major downfalls in other tutors but Ahmed did not disappoint! I would recommend Ahmed to anyone who is willing to work and wants to improve. he should not have to waste his time helping people who do not try to help themselves!”
“[Ahmed] would make an amazing prof because he actually cares about his students or people he is tutoring. He knew what he was teaching and conveyed lessons in a well articulated manner.”
“[Ahmed] gave really simple and relateable examples to help you understand. I used to just try to memorize things for this class, but Ahmed helped me view accounting in a more logical way and things started making sense. I found that I was no longer just relying on memory, but logical thinking. Also super kind, funny, and approachable. I never felt self-conscious about asking questions, because I felt really comfortable… I think profs these days are really snobby, boring, or don’t care whether you understand or not. But I could tell that Ahmed has a genuine care and passion for teaching. He always ensured you understood no matter how long it took. His approachable demeanor, knowledge, humour and passion would be great characteristics for a prof.”