In order to better understand what makes a private tutor effective, special, and worthwhile, it can be helpful to ask some questions! We developed this questionnaire in order to show why JB Tutoring is the best tutoring service in Austin. These questions provide insight into our team's unique personalities and teaching approaches, why our team enjoys tutoring, and what skills and habits have helped our team succeed in the classroom. In this blog post, we will hear from the founder of JB Tutoring, Jaclyn.
Jaclyn has worked as a professional tutor for 7 years. She has performed elementary school tutoring, middle school tutoring, high school tutoring, and college level tutoring. Jaclyn has assisted students with Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, all levels of English, Writing, Spanish, SAT Prep, ACT Prep, and College Admissions Essays. In this blog post, you will learn more about Jaclyn, why she loves tutoring, and what study skills and organizational habits have helped her succeed.
1. What is the best part of being a tutor? Why do your tutor?
For me, the best part of being a tutor is cultivating relationships with students. I tutor because I value education, but more importantly, because I value being a mentor. I strive to be a positive influence in the lives of my students, and I try to teach them the importance of big picture thinking, determination and self-discipline, and organization. These ways of thinking and skills have formed me, and helped me become the person I am, and I am pretty proud of who I am! I want all young people to feel capable and proud of who they are as they start their journey into life beyond the classroom.
2. What do you think is the most challenging part of being a student today?
I think the most challenging part of being a student today is finding meaning and relevance in one’s education. The #1 complaint I get from students is “I’m never going to use this” or “I don’t understand why I have to learn this.” And frankly, I empathize with this complaint quite a bit. What I try to tell students to keep in mind is that school teaches us other important skills beyond just course content. School pushes us to practice time management, organization, planning, group projects and teamwork, communication, problem solving, and meeting deadlines. All of these are lifelong skills.
3. What study skills, strategies, or organizational habits have helped you succeed as a student?
One of the most integral organizational habits and study skills that helped me succeed as a student was the use of a calendar or planner. I cannot overstate how grateful I am that I fostered the habit of using a calendar to keep track of deadlines and plan my days. I firmly believe that without this skill, I would not be as successful as I am at my age. So many students tell me when I encourage them to write down assignments and test dates that “I don’t need to write them down. I’ll remember.” Sometimes that’s true…until it’s not. Human memory declines over time, and if you cultivate that habit of writing things down, I genuinely believe you will be a more productive, less stressed human being.
4. So many students struggle with personal motivation. What keeps you motivated?
Personal motivation is so tricky. What motivates one person will not motivate another, and for that reason, I sometimes struggle to help students identify that thing that will help them keep their gaze on the future, the big picture. For me, what keeps me motivated is a fierce desire to make the world a better place. There is so much suffering that takes place in the world, internally and externally, socially and economically, financially and spiritually. I want to do what I can to help others become more self-confident, more self-assured and at peace with themselves so that they too can make a difference in the world.
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?
a) Keep reading. Find love and joy in reading. You may have to hunt for the right books, but they are out there. Reading is so important.
b) Friendships are hard. Middle school is a tough time period where social dynamics can get a bit nasty. Don’t lose faith in others. Be true to yourself, and beware of social pressures.
c) Love will find you; don’t rush it. When I was in high school, all I wanted was a boyfriend. What I didn’t realize at the time is that I was still so young and still had so much to learn. That’s true for everyone at that age. Don’t rush romance. You’re still figuring out who YOU are and what you want. High school is a good time to work on cultivating habits and skills that will set you up well for college.
d) SAVOR EVERY MOMENT! Seriously. College education is rich and vast, and these years will zoom by. Pour yourself into your courses, take a wide variety of classes, and take the time to get to know your professors. There’s a wealth of knowledge and discovery waiting for you in this time period. Observe, listen, explore, reflect, grow.
6. What is your favorite subject (or two) to tutor? Why?
My favorite subjects to tutor are Algebra 1 and Writing. I enjoy tutoring Algebra 1 because I genuinely just think it’s a lot of fun. Algebra 1 involves a lot of basic problem solving and I find it to be one of the most practically useful math subjects. I also enjoy tutoring Writing because I believe writing to be one of the most valuable skills taught in school. Cultivating the ability to communicate effectively with others, especially through written communication, can help individuals thrive both inside and outside the classroom.
7. Is there any additional advice, comments about education/learning, or background about yourself that you would like to share with parents or students?
You determine your life. You are limited only by the limits you set for yourself. What you get out of life is proportionate to your effort. Take ownership of your life. There is opportunity in every failure, every challenge, and every discomfort. Don’t run away; stay. Shift, and move forward. Life is what you make it. It’s a crazy rollercoaster, with lots of drops, climbs, twists, and turns, but you have what it takes. Never forget that.