The following evaluations were written by classroom teachers in Boston who received tutors from this Project:
"I do believe that Mary (the undergraduate) has been a significant advantage to my classroom. At least two of the students she emphasized instruction with are very needy in both emotional and motivational areas. Her quite, caring instruction motivated them to really participate and concentrate. I feel the 1/2 year gains these students did make would not have been accomplished in larger groups.
"Also, 3 other students increased from 1 year to 2 years on their vocabulary and comprehension scores, returning them to grade level achievement in reading. These students have made such large and confident gains that I feel they may return to the regular classes."
"Two of my spelling students went from having 20's and 30's on tests to 80's and 90's. Their language skills also improved greatly. [The undergraduate] did a fine job."
"I found [the undergraduate] very professional. She was very punctual and cooperative. My student was definitely helped by her extra attention. She helped him with his sight vocabulary and oral reading. Consequently, his phrasing and fluency showed an improvement. I would appreciate another tutor in my room."
"[The undergraduate] was very effective tutoring my student. The child receiving the help has great difficulty spelling correctly. [The undergraduate] helped the child to score higher marks on the weekly tests."
"[The undergraduate was] very helpful. Students who would have fallen behind due to behavior, absence, etc. were able to maintain the pace of the group."
"[The undergraduate] was very reliable and cheerful. I had her working with a child who was just moved to my class from the bottom group. The added attention made him advance to one of the better students in my class."
"[The undergraduate] helped both students she worked with. The students completed very little work before her help. When they worked with [the undergraduate], their work was done and this has carried over to other work. Their attitude towards school also improved. [The undergraduate] did an excellent job."
"[The undergraduate] was an excellent tutor. She helped my 3 students greatly with their writing skills. The students writing grades have gone up a whole grade. I hope to have a tutor in the fall.
"[The undergraduate] helped her students achieve 1 grade higher for the term. Good motivation for the students."
"Both children [the undergraduate] tutored did 1 grade higher work last semester. She worked quietly and efficiently with each student. She was a big help."
"[The undergraduate] gave her students praise as she helped them with division. Having her work with them individually helped them to stay on task. Her help allowed the students to achieve one grade higher this term."