Webb, Hotovy set outstanding examples through work tutoring peers
Crunching numbers on a math assignment or editing an 11-page English paper is enough to make the average student squirm in their seat, but two UNK students managed to do their homework while assisting other students with assignments like these.
Helping others to succeed has paid off for these two students who were recently recognized by the UNK Office of Academic Success for their tutoring efforts.
“Academic Success recognized two individuals at our fall Recognition and Awards Social for their outstanding contributions to the peer tutoring and writing center programs,” said Keri Pearson, tutoring and assessment coordinator.
Tierra Webb, a senior 7-12 math education major from Cairo, is the fall 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Peer Tutor Award. Webb is student teaching at Northwest High School in Grand Island this spring and will graduate in May.
“I am currently teaching Trigonometry and Algebra II, and I’m loving every minute of it,” Webb said. “Being a peer tutor helped me a lot because it gave me a chance to explain concepts that I am now teaching in several different ways.”
“Tierra’s leadership in setting an example of kindness, respect and intellect have been invaluable to the peer tutoring program throughout her four semesters of tutoring,” Pearson said.
“Tutoring math as an undergraduate has helped me gain confidence in teaching the subject, as well as learning it for myself,” Webb said. “I encourage students to come in for help with their homework, and to seek out resources like other classmates to build confidence in a new subject.”
Sada Hotovy, a senior history and English major from Lincoln, is the fall 2010 recipient of the Distinguished Writing Consultant Award. Hotovy said she became a writing center consultant to work with international students and improve her own writing skills.
“I hope that I have helped students clarify not only their writing, but their thoughts as well,” Hotovy said. “When one knows what they want to say, the writing process becomes less intimidating.”
“Sada has been a very positive force in the writing center this semester,” Pearson said. “She helps students in a patient and professional way that demonstrates her peaceful nature.”
UNK students and faculty nominated both Webb and Hotovy for the awards. They were chosen based on their leadership in their respective programs.