Tutoring and Voting, A Comparison

Today is Election Day 2012! After months of debates, headlines, and television and radio advertising, we as a nation will decide who will lead our country for the next four years. Last year around this time, we noticed that the election process and the process of tutoring and learning share many similar attributes. Political opinions aside, we’d like to go ahead and explore how voting compares to the tutoring and educational process.

Both Are Voluntary Acts               

Every citizen of the United States has the opportunity to register to vote. However, it is not mandatory that each citizen vote in each election. Tutoring is also a voluntary act. Students have the opportunity to seek academic support from a tutor, but it is not required. Both voting and tutoring are designed to make decisions that improve conditions. For voting it is to improve the country, for tutoring, it is to improve a student’s aptitude and ability to learn.

Both Help Guide Direction

Voting and tutoring provide a sense of direction and a manifest destiny. When we cast our vote in an election, we are working to guide the country’s success. Working with a tutor works to guide a student’s direction in his or her academic career. Voting is for the country’s sake whereas tutoring is for an individual’s sake.

Participation Is Key

Voting requires active participation. Voters need to “show up” and cast their ballots. Tutoring also requires a level of participation. The student needs to show up for each tutoring appointment well prepared and ready to take on a challenge. The tutor’s participation also affects the outcome as good tutors are ones who are fully invested in their students’ success.

Both Deal With Representation

Both elections and education reflect a representation. A leader is elected to represent a town, state, or country. In a tutorial, a student enlists the help of a tutor to better represent himself. Candidates in elections need to work to make sure they are representing themselves well and that their platforms are reflective of what they want to accomplish. Tutors need to represent their strengths and areas of expertise to help students looking for assistance find the tutor who best hatches their needs.

A Choice Is Made

When citizens vote for a candidate, they are choosing leadership and inspiration from a specific official. Choosing a leader means picking a message and a voice that is similar to theirs. When a student chooses a tutor, the tutor is selected to lead and inspire the student. A student who seeks help is hoping to develop a stronger voice. Deciding to get a tutor sends a message that he or she is ready for change wants to do everything possible to improve him/herself.

Voting and tutoring definitely have differences. When students receive tutoring, many times they aren’t actively voting for it as a parent or other mentor makes the choice for them. However, if a child is open to receiving tutoring help they frequently benefit with better grades, more confidence and higher self-esteem.


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