The participants featured on this page are just a small percentage of the overall STEM participant population.
"My peer mentor explained concepts to me that I would have a hard time figuring out on my own. This individual cares about her students and makes sure they can get the best grade possible. It is very comforting having some who believes in you. This program is blessed to have this peer mentor with them, and I see a very bright and successful future for this individual."
“My tutor has helped me an enormous amount in both my statistics and philosophy classes. He helped me achieve the grade I wanted and gave me the confidence that I could do it. I am extremely thankful that Western has a program like this because it helps you receive the individualized attention that is sometimes needed in order for you to succeed.”
“My tutor is an extraordinary person and she does a great job helping me. This is the second semester I signed up with STEM, and I didn't think twice about signing up with the same tutor. She does an excellent job helping me understand the materials I have trouble with. This semester I believe I have one of the hardest courses I have ever taken in my career, but thanks to her I am doing better than what I would have done without her. My tutor is of great help and if it weren't for her I would probably be lost.”
“[My tutor] is an amazing tutor. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have had his help with my organic chemistry classes this past summer. If it had not been for [him] I would never have even passed these classes. [He] took the time to meet me almost every single day this past summer for as long as I needed. Sometimes our sessions would last up to 5 hours. He is one of the smartest people I have ever met. He was able to explain the concepts I was to learn better than my teachers would. Although I would sometimes get frustrated with the material, [he] was always patient with me and would go over the material with me as much as I needed to, [in order for me] to understand it fully. I have had many STEM tutors and in my opinion, [he] is the best tutor on your staff. He is an incredibly kind person who helped me more than he even knows and I am so grateful for it.”
"[My tutor] has been my...tutor in the subjects of economics and accounting for two semesters in a row. I am impressed with her positive attitude toward learning and her devotion to helping me learn the subjects that I have trouble in. I realize the importance of her own studies as well as many of the STEM tutors' busy schedules, but I am pleased to say that I always feel [her] patience [during] our times together. I feel that she pushes me to achieve my academic goals, but is also very personable and encouraging about my personal growth in college."
"[My tutor] is one of the smartest individuals [whom] I have ever met in my life. He understands everything that we go over. If I don't understand the topic he will patiently go over the material in different ways to help me connect the dots. I could not have been any luckier to be assigned [him] as my tutor. [He] is always prepared and is always on top of things, not to mention that he is one of the nicest guys I have ever met in my life. He will be very successful in the future and the company that gets the pleasure to work with him is unbelievably lucky. I wish [he] would stay until I graduated! He has helped me SO much these past semesters. I cannot thank him, and STEM, enough!"
"My STEM tutor helped with me understand my coursework and also helped me prepare for exams and quiz[zes]. Since I [have] been a part of the STEM Program my grades has improved a lot."
"[My tutor last semester] was more than an excellent math tutor to me; he was also a source of inspiration and confidence. Growing up, I have always thought of math as my weakest subject and in order to do well I had to devote a lot of time working to understand concepts by practicing problems. Naturally, college level pre-calculus was very intimidating and anxiety provoking for me, especially knowing that a large majority of students drop out or fail in that class.
Thankfully, I was able to get a tutor through the STEM Program. He was very flexible with my schedule and was always willing to meet with me as many times as I felt needed. His superior math abilities helped him explain every problem thoroughly. He had me try to do problems on my own and patiently listened to my perspectives and ideas of ways to solve a problem. Even if he was unsure of how to solve a problem, he would figure it out on his own time and explain it to me during our next meeting.
Most importantly, [he] went the extra mile by encouraging me; no one had ever believed in my math skills as much as him. [He] genuinely cared about my performance and gave me the confidence I needed to do well. With that confidence I was not only able to get a BA and a full understanding of the class material but was able to propel myself forward as an individual as well. [He] was a big influence on me and I am greatly thankful that I got the opportunity to be tutored by him through the STEM Program."
"My tutor not only helped me with my homework, but he also helped me understand the homework in a way that helped me to better retain the information that the professors talked about. He also helped me by acting as a co-pilot for a couple of my flights. Overall, I would give the STEM Program an A+ and I would suggest to anyone having trouble or just wanting to get better grades in-classes to sign up for STEM."
"My tutor was extremely patient and never rushed me. He made sure I got the correct answer in a timely matter. I felt completely comfortable with him and felt that he was really involved with my learning experience. It was evident that my grade mattered to him."
"I absolutely loved [my tutor] and I received an "A" on every paper in my English class. I am very pleased with this program and the students involved."
"[My tutor] went out of his way to help me."
"[My tutor] was the best and I received an "A" [in] the class. I hate math, but she made it fun and I was able to learn the material from her."
"[My tutor] was seriously the best tutor ever! He really made sure I understood everything and was really patient with me and really flexible with my schedule. He was EXTREMELY knowledgeable on the material and if we couldn't find the answer to something he went the extra mile and offered to look up the answer on the internet and then would further explain it to me.
I know that he is also a busy student and I really appreciated him taking all the extra time to make sure I understood everything. I know it's really easy to just tutor a student and then leave when the hour is done, but I could tell he genuinely cared and wanted to make sure I did well. It was really good getting to know him and he was a really nice guy!"
"I really enjoyed and looked forward to studying with [my tutor] instead of class!"
"My tutor helped me more than words can explain. Going into the first tutoring session I was having so much trouble and over the course of our meetings I finally have an understanding of the subject. Thank you so much!"
"She was a great tutor and I would definately recommend her to other students. I have never been more impressed. She also helped me get my grade one letter grade higher!"
"I had a very positive experience with having a tutor. I feel it has helped me very much with my classes...I feel very privileged to have had such wonderful tutors who have helped me out so much. Thank you to the program for allowing me to have tutors in classes that I struggle with."
"[My tutor is] great! My grade has improved almost 3 whole letter grades with his
"I would be so lost if I did not have the STEM program. I have a disability, so having this [program] helps me a lot."
"Even if I had the money to pay for a tutor I would rather [he/she] be from STEM, because they provide tutors that are a reflection of WMU. ...With this program, I get a tutor [who] is willing to help me and, if for some reason I am not compatible with a tutor, they are more than willing to find a better fit [for me]. Every semester they check to make sure that my needs are met and if I need a tutor for the following semester. These qualities are hard to find in one department, let alone one program."
"College is expensive, and being a full-time student working part-time, it is hard to pay for some of the smallest things. The STEM program takes away the worry of coming up with enough money to pay for a tutor."
"In some of my classes, I feel like my tutors have helped me learn more than my professors; I cannot imagine what I would do without them next year."
"When addressing my problem or concern, in an assertive way, my tutor will explain it in full detail, very sufficient and in-depth, until I am confident in what I am taught."
"I liked that my tutor would explain something to me, and if I did not understand, she would explain it a different way."
"I am being helped by someone who understands the subject very well and has the time and patience to explain every little thing to me. …If it were not for tutoring, there would be a lot of material I would not fully comprehend."
"If STEM was no longer a program offered at WMU, I truly believe that my grades would suffer. If college students want to succeed, sometimes supplements or extra help is needed!"
"I consider myself a good student, but there are certain classes that any good student will struggle with, and I am lucky to have help from STEM."
"There is no way I could have done as well as I did in Chemistry and Pre-Calc during the summer. ...I think that [my tutor] went above and beyond, and it showed, because my grades turned out great."
"Going to the 2008 women's leadership conference in DC was one of the most informative and enlightening experiences that I have had throughout my college career. I was given the opportunity to meet brilliant, selfless, and dignified women, who provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I will carry with me forever.
While at the conference, I was able to participate in two workshops. The workshops provided resume and job interviewing tips, as well as helpful advice on how to be confident in the workplace. Also, I participated in a community service project at the Capitol Area Food Bank, where I worked in a team with other women to provide groceries for underprivileged senior citizens in the Maryland area.
Attending the conference provided me with knowledge that will be helpful as I enter the business world after college, as well as compassion and willingness to help others throughout the rest of my life. I am so glad that I was given this opportunity and am very thankful to all who made it possible for me."
"Having a chance to participate in the NCCWSL (National Conference for College Women Student Leaders) was a truly wonderful and informative experience. I met wonderful, determined women from around the world that will make a difference in their lifetime. I learned not to sit and watch someone else make a change but to always stand up for what I believe in. This opportunity was one that I consider a blessing. I greatly appreciate and thank all who allowed it to come true. Thank you so much, STEM, for a wonderful learning experience and most importantly a wonderful memory."