A Day in the Life: Asia Nelson, A Great Oaks Legacy Middle School Tutor


FullSizeRender (2)5:50am  I am definitely not a morning person so my mornings are a usually more chaotic than other tutors’ but I usually set my alarm to go off at this time and snooze until 6:15.

6:15am  I eventually force myself out of bed and start my morning routine of getting dressed for work.

7:02am  By this time, I am usually dressed and headed downstairs to catch the shuttle to work. I am a tutor at Great Oaks Legacy Charter school and unlike the other campuses, my school is not within walking distance. We are provided a shuttle every morning that arrives at 7:05 am to take us to work and pick us up again around 4:45 pm. Another 

7:15- 8:15 I arrive at school and start preparing myself for the work day. Within this hour, I usually eat breakfast and gather all the materials (such as packets or supplemental worksheets) needed for tutorial. I am also the 6th grade math TA so I usually check in with Ms. Marion, the math teacher, and make any last minute changes to the packet if needed. On Mondays, my morning prep time is cut short for Unity Circle. Unity Circle is every Monday at 7:45 for Upper Academy (grades 5-7). Announcements are usually made within this time frame as well as a brief current event lesson for the students. This usually lasts until 8:15.

8:15 – 9:10 This is where the real fun begins, tutorials. Located in Cafe B, I have my first 6th grade math tutorial. The classes at Legacy are named after colleges and universities so my first group of scholars are called Florida- short for the University of Florida.

9:15- 10:10  Welcome to back to back tutorials with 5 minute breaks in between. My next group of 6th grade students are from Brown (Brown University).

10:15- 11:00  Right before lunch, I have my first group and only group 7th graders from Grambling (Grambling State University). This tutorial group is consist of 3 energetic boys who often find it hard to concentrate. I usually get creative and come up with different techniques and activities to keep them focused.

11:00 – 11:30 It’s finally lunch time. I usually eat lunch downstairs with my coworkers. Being at Legacy and having such a small group of tutors (8) allowed us to become very close with one another. Although this is our 30 minutes of peace, a few students always manage to come join us for lunch.

11:30- 12:25  This is where my schedule gets a little tricky.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: On these days, I tutor SHU (Seton Hall University). This is Legacy self- contained class for 6th and 7th grade scholars. We typically review recent material learned on Tuesday and Thursday tutorials consist of the math lesson for that week.

Mondays & Wednesdays: This is usually my prep period. As I mentioned before, I am the TA for 6th grade math. My responsibilities include creating tutorial packets, making student copies, as well as in class support. I select this time to make tutorial packets for the following week 6th grade tutorials.

12:25- 12:30 Time for my final tutorial for the day but before I begin, I have to transition NJCU (New Jersey City University) scholars down to tutorial.

12:30 – 1:20  NJCU is my last 6th grade tutorial for the day. This tutorial is also the quickest tutorial as well. The lower academy (Pre-k thru 4th) has lunch right before this tutorial and sometimes it takes awhile to clean up after them.

1:25 – 2:20  During this time period, I assist Ms. Marion with in-class support. What this usually looks like for me is sitting in between scholars who find it difficult to concentrate and keep them focused during the lesson. After the lesson, I walk around the classroom and provide extra assistance to the students who need it during independent practice.

2:20 – 3:15  This is another one of my prep periods and varies from day to day. On Wednesday, I have my weekly meetings with Ms. Marion to discuss what the packets for the following week will look like as well as any changes to the unit map. On any other day, I’m usually assisting her with other tasks or working on tutorial packets.

3:15 – 3:30 I usually give myself a 15 minute break before starting my after school duties.

3:30 – 4:30 After School Duties

Monday – Wednesday: Homework help for 6th grade Scholars

Thursday & Friday: Dismissal duty which consist of monitoring upper academy and letting them know once their parent have arrived.

4:45 – 5:00  I’m finally on the shuttle headed home.

5:00 – 6:30  I use as my personal time to either watch Netflix, exercise, or hang out with fellow co-workers.

6:30 – 8:00  I am cooking dinner and getting ready for the night.

9:00 – 10:25  I try not to carry any work home, but if my workload is heavy for that week, I map out this time frame to due so. It usually consists of deliverables such as planning packets, trimester letters, etc.

10:30  Lights out, it’s bedtime.

This blog post describes my Monday- Thursday routines. Friday is different. It usually consist of planning and prepping for next week as well as school supportive duties. We do not have tutorials on Fridays.


Asia is from Florida and attended Clark Atlanta University to earn her Bachelor’s in Social Work and a minor in Criminal Justice. Her plans moving forward as a Tutor Corps VI Alumna are to attend grad school at Florida State University (MSW program) this upcoming fall and eventually start a professional career as a forensic social worker. Ultimately, I would like to open up a nonprofit organization for at risk youth helping them in their preparation for college and becoming self-sufficient.



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