Katelyn has tutored with JB Tutoring for a couple years now. She will graduate from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2021 with bachelors degrees in English and Biology. Katelyn will attend Baylor College of Medicine later this year. She is a true "jack of all trades" and specializes in high school tutoring. Katelyn has tutored students in a wide variety of subjects, including Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, English, and Spanish. In this article, Katelyn shares about why she enjoys working as a private tutor in Austin, along with what study skills and organizational habits have helped her succeed, both as a tutor and as a student.
1. What is the best part of being a tutor? Why do your tutor?
The best part of being a tutor is getting to know my students! I feel very grateful for the opportunity to watch my students progress through high school, apply to college, and excel. I tutor because I enjoy teaching in 1-on-1 environments and because I am just generally excited about many educational topics. I like that through tutoring, I can revisit those topics.
2. What do you think is the most challenging part of being a student today?
I feel that as more time passes, students are increasingly required to be competitive and cognizant of the world around them in ways they were not in the past. College admissions are more competitive, specific, and expensive than ever, and because of this, students feel that they should plan out their lives at very early ages. I think learning to normalize failure and unplanned complications can really help students to be resilient in the face of an unpredictable and competitive future.
3. What study skills, strategies, or organizational habits have helped you succeed as a student?
It is so important to make sure you have all your bases covered! If you are not eating or sleeping, focusing will feel (and in some cases is) impossible. Make sure to take care of your body and treat it with kindness so that your mind can function to the best of its ability.
4. So many students struggle with personal motivation. What keeps you motivated?
I believe that no matter what you are learning, there is a way to connect it to yourself and to your interests. If you can find meaning in what you are learning about (whether it be history, math, biology, etc.), forcing yourself to spend time with it will not be such a struggle. I do genuinely think that no matter how far from your interests a topic may seem, there is no such thing as useless information!
5. What information or advice do you wish someone would have given you in a) elementary school, b) middle school, c) high school, d) college?
In elementary school, I wish someone would have encouraged me that it's okay to speak up and to be silly.
In middle school, I wish someone (other than my parents) had told me to be nicer to my parents!
In high school, I wish I had realized that 18 year olds were not actually that old, and that I did not need to have my entire life figured out by then.
In college, I wish someone would have told me to always sit in the front of the classroom. Nine times out of ten, your professor is really cool and just wants to help you out.
6. What is your favorite subject (or two) to tutor? Why?
My favorite subject to tutor is English! Usually when I have students struggling in English, they just need someone to bounce ideas off of. It is so rewarding to help students get their ideas onto the paper.
7. Is there any additional advice, comments about education/learning, or background about yourself that you would like to share with parents or students?
I am graduating from UT Austin in the Spring, and will be attending Baylor College of Medicine in the fall! If anyone wants to know anything about premed/medical school or the process of applying, just let me know.