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Science and math tutor Aaron Young helps psychology senior Marcus Waters with a Math 1100 problem.
Big Brain, Big Heart

On a typical day in the University College lab you might see a popular tutor moving back and forth between four or five students. Each one needs that little tip that will help them grasp the point of their assignment. One student needs a little help with his finite mathematics, another with her pre-calculus. One is even getting some help with cell biology.

The students are receiving one-on-one tutoring in math and science from Aaron Young, one of the University College's three math and science tutors.

And it's the one-on-one that students value. "He knows what he's doing and he pushes me in his own special way," said Marcus Waters, a psychology senior who has been getting Math 1100 help from Young since the beginning of the semester.

Young, 31, studied math and chemistry at the University of Missouri, and earned his Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

"He's very helpful and has a lot of patience with me, he doesn't mind doing extra to make sure I'm getting my work," said business administration freshman Martel Jackson.

Young tutored at N.C. Central University since 2006. He says he tutors about 10 students each day on his six hour shift and that his goal is to help students grasp concepts of math and science.

"A lot of students come in thinking I'm going do the assignments. Not at all. We are going to work together so I know you have it," said Young.

Young says that having patience with students and being passionate about teaching allows him to enjoy his job.

One of Young's students, biology sophomore Mesha Seabrook says she has struggled with her higher level math courses.

"It is so many steps in math. I am not bad in math but the higher in math I get the harder it gets," said Seabrook, who has been working with Young for the last two weeks.

Young says there are a number of things the math program could do to help students. He said that returning students could be placed more carefully into their classes, that the program should depend on Math-XL less and that professors should build closer teaching relationships with their students.

 "Many of my returning and older students are being placed in higher level math courses and they need to begin at Math 1000 to refresh their memory," said Young.

"They can get placed in the higher level courses, but many are not successful. Some of the students feel bad that they cannot go to their professor and receive the help that they really need."

Mass Communications junior Jordan Sutton said using Math-XL is less beneficial to students because you can do everything right until the last step and get the answer wrong. According to Sutton, Math-XL is more beneficial to professors.

Young receives high tutor evaluations from his students. According to the evaluations he works hard and is passionate about tutoring.

"Students love to work with him," said Daysha M. Lawrence, University College supplemental instructor director.

"He has patience and is willing to go beyond to help. He is one of our best in the University College,"

Young tutors weekdays 9 3 p.m. in the Alexander-Dunn Building's University College computer lab. Students can go online at to sign up for tutoring sessions.