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TuftsNow: Helping Boston Kids Survive the Trials of Remote Learning

May 27, 2021
Marisol Uribe, [D23] knew all too well what it was like to be the new girl—not just new at school, but new to the country, and new to learning English. So when Uribe, now a student at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, began tutoring a Boston sixth-grader in a similar situation, there was an immediate point of connection. 

Remote learning poses other challenges for many of the Josiah Quincy students. Large families, small apartments, and lots of simultaneous activity can make it difficult to find a quiet spot. Students are allowed to keep their computer cameras turned off during tutoring sessions, or use Zoom backgrounds; like some others, Uribe’s student was shy about turning on the camera, but eventually went “face to face” for all their sessions.

It’s clear the connection between the dental student and the middle-schooler has become about more than science and math. “I want to give her opportunities,” says Uribe. “I’m doing this from my heart.” ”

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