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K-State Today

December 8, 2020

Fall 2020 Kim Dierks Tutor of Distinction selected

Submitted by Academic Achievement Center

The Academic Achievement Center announces Madelyn Turner, junior in secondary education with an emphasis in math, as the fall 2020 Kim Dierks Tutor of Distinction Scholarship recipient.

Turner has been a peer tutor for the Academic Achievement Center since spring 2020. Turner spent more than 130 hours tutoring K-State students in chemistry courses.

"My goal with my tutees is to help them understand the ideas and concepts that they don't know while also highlighting just how much they do know," Turner said when asked about tutoring. "They know a lot more than they give themselves credit for and through encouragement and guiding questions, most of my tutees leave with a lot more confidence in their knowledge and abilities. That is the reason I do this. Seeing the look on their face when they can finally understand a chemistry problem they thought was impossible all on their own."

Kim Dierks, previous managing director of tutoring services, was an integral part of the Academic Achievement Center for more than 14 years. She dedicated her work to creating a service where all students are welcome and developed fantastic teams of student leaders. She provided students with opportunities for leadership, growth and achievement. Dierks continues to demonstrate her commitment to student success by honoring the work of student tutors through the generous gift made to fund the Kimberly Dierks Scholarship for Tutors of Distinction.

The Academic Achievement Center provides tools and resources for academic success. Learn more about academic coaching, tutoring services, student success courses, scholar services and engagement with the Office of First-generation Students by visiting k-state.edu/aac.