Spending time stuck at home can be stressful for many students, especially those who feel their workloads have increased since moving to online school. To address this challenge Fifth Former Tyler Zimmer and Baldwin junior Madison Brown have come together to offer their services to struggling students: TM Tutoring.
Having already tutored Haverford middle schoolers in math and Latin since he was a Third Former, Zimmer felt confident in his abilities to help other students on a larger scale.
“I am devoted to making sure students are better off after a session than they were before. I often freshen up on certain topics before meeting with a student so that I don’t waste their time,” Zimmer said.
Since beginning only a few weeks ago, Zimmer and Brown have already had clients from eight schools across the tri-state area including one student from Texas, who was drawn to their website through advertising Zimmer posted on Tik Tok. Among the services offered on their website are free fifteen-minute consultations, free check-ins regarding previous work they have helped with, and then various longer-form sessions for varying prices.
As a sign of their early success, almost every student they have met with has come back more than once. Working around students’ schedules, Zimmer and Brown have even set up weekly meeting times to work on algebra and other topics. They have also begun offering to peer-edit essays, something which has been quite useful to the few students who have reached out to them the night before a due date to quickly look over their work.
Fifth Former Drew Loughnane reached out to TM Tutoring to recieve help with English homework and was genuinely impressed with how helpful Zimmer was in explaining the concepts to him.
“Tyler really cleared things up for me and is a great all-around student. It makes sense kids across the Main Line would come to him for help,” Loughnane said.
As time goes on, Zimmer and Brown hope that they will reach a point where it’s too much for just two people. When that happens, they have already had a handful of qualified students ask to help tutor, whom they are ready to bring in.
“I think that our combined skill sets have allowed us to foster an environment where students feel supported and engaged in their learning despite not being in an actual classroom.”Tyler Zimmer ’21
Until then, however, Brown is confident that the two of them can provide for all their students.
“I think that our combined skill sets have allowed us to foster an environment where students feel supported and engaged in their learning despite not being in an actual classroom.”
As school begins to draw to a close in the coming weeks, TM Tutoring has already begun discussing plans for the future. With Zimmer’s normal job postponed until later in the summer, he and Brown are ready to continue into the summer with college essay editing.
Interested students can schedule appointments on TM Tutoring’s website, where they offer samples of work and session pricing.
Brown said, “I’m excited to see where TM Tutoring will take us in the future!”