Tutoring Mutually Beneficial for Students
Engineering student Abigail Lambert keeps her calculus skills sharp and debt at bay by tutoring.
Photo: Daylina Miller | USF News
TAMPA, Fla. (April 11 ,2012) – On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, you can find Abigail Lambert in the Life Sciences building at the University of South Florida, hard at work teaching instructional worksheets and tutoring business calculus students.
Lambert, a mechanical engineering student, peer leader and tutor, has to make sure she thoroughly understands the math she’s teaching before each class. Despite knowing the material inside and out, Lambert said, you have to be on your toes because you never know what questions the students are going to throw at you.
“The thing I love most about the tutoring is it keeps my basic skills up,” Lambert said. “I am an engineering student so it keeps my basic calculus skills fine-tuned so it helps me in my upper
In addition to the class she teaches, or “peer leads” on Tuesdays and tutoring on Thursdays, Lambert works as a research assistant for a computational methods professor at USF. She writes subtitles for his YouTube videos of hearing-impaired students and is creating a program that will customize a menu for textbooks he is writing.
“In research, I get to know my professors better and if I need help with a project or paper, I have no trouble getting a hold of them because they know me on a first-name basis,” Lambert said.
Lambert said that other than private tutoring, she has never held an off-campus job. She loves the flexibility working on campus allows. She works a set number of hours a week and can work those hours almost any time she wants to, allowing her to make plenty of time for studying and classwork.
“I think the biggest thing is just making the connections,” Lambert said. “Professors, other students, resources you learn about and having access to a lot of stuff because having access to labs and data and not being afraid to ask questions will help you out exponentially.”
With Bright Futures and USF College of Engineering Scholarships covering books and tuition, Lambert said her on campus jobs pay for her bills and gas for her car, which she saves on just by working at USF.
With no educational debt holding her back, Lambert hopes to work in the field of machine design and maintenance, something she’s loved since helping to design and race electric cars built in her classes.
Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.