How Tutors Can Help Students with Independent Projects
By Carrie, IvyWise Master Tutor
When most students think of tutoring, academic support and test preparation are likely the first two things to come to mind. While both are undoubtedly important components of tutoring, students also have the opportunity to receive guidance on independent projects through mentorship.
Independent projects have long been an effective way for students to engage with their interests and add to their extracurricular activities. Now that many normal activities are interrupted, many students are getting creative with independent projects in order to continue to explore their interests and make an impact in their community.
Whether you’re spearheading a research project or writing your own book, working with a tutor can be a great way to gain support while you work on your independent project. Keep reading to learn more about how IvyWise tutors have helped students work on the projects of their dreams.
For students who have been involved in charitable initiatives that were previously conducted in-person, the pandemic can pose considerable challenges. Our tutors have stepped in by mentoring students who are transitioning from in-person activities to remote and online formats. For example, one of our students who previously led mentoring sessions in a community center decided to keep supporting his mentees by delivering bagged lunches to them during the pandemic. One of our tutors also supported this student as he created mini biology pamphlets and resource packets so his mentees could continue learning. These resources became so popular that they are now going to be used as part of the middle school science curriculum in his school district.
Exploring and Expanding Artistic Interests
If you’re interested in submitting a supplemental arts portfolio as part of your college application, your tutor can help you identify the best ways to spotlight your creativity. Many universities accept art and music portfolios and colleges frequently look favorably upon students with creative passions. Our tutors have even mentored students who are interested in developing charitable initiatives that incorporate their artistic passions. For example, a talented painter who was interested in supporting mental health causes worked with her tutor to curate a selection of her best artwork. She sells digital prints in an online store and donates a percentage of her art sales to a mental health charity.
Diving into History
Aspiring history buffs with a passion for a certain era can also work with tutors to develop full-length academic papers to submit to research publications. Others with a love of history might opt to create educational social media accounts from the perspective of their favorite historical figure. Our tutors work with students to pinpoint fun and dynamic ways to explore the subjects they are most passionate about, which they can later address in their college applications.
Have you always dreamed of writing a novel or screenplay, but can’t figure out where to start? Our tutors serve as writing mentors for our students with a passion for literature. By working with a tutor to develop a timeline and create a plan of attack, students can begin working on the writing project they’ve always dreamed of and see their visions turn into exciting realities.
By taking advantage of IvyWise’s Mentorship services, students have the opportunity to expand their skill sets and receive ongoing guidance as they navigate independent projects that align with their interests and passions. If you’re interested in launching your own project, our team of tutors can support you throughout your journey.