March 15, 2017 Blog
At TutorBright, our greatest aim is to make students limitless. As a supplementary education organization, we seek to fill in the gaps left by traditional schooling. Rigid grading systems attach percentage values to students’ capacity to learn, and by extension, to their sense of self-worth. The TutorBright mantra comprises lessons that can’t be written into a curriculum: master failure, love the hustle, have integrity, support others, and be optimistic. Where school has an unfortunate tendency to make students feel like their abilities are limited, these lessons encourage students to recognize that there truly is no limit to their capacity for growth.
Using tests and assignments to determine student success means that every evaluation brings students face to face with the terrifying prospect of not advancing to the next level with their peer group. As a result, students often become motivated not by a love of learning, but by a fear of failure. Failure is inevitable in school, just as it is inevitable in life. What we seek to change is how we perceive failure. Failure is something that you can either master or succumb to. The key to mastering failure is simple: learn through love, not fear. People who are able to truly thrive in a subject are able to do so because they love what they do, not because they’re afraid of failing at it. Fear is a lot more persuasive than love, but it will never be more powerful.
Hustle is the hours of practice that bridge the gap between desire and ability. Whatever you want to learn, whether it’s dribbling a basketball, doing long-division in your head, or playing the saxophone, can only be achieved if you invest your energy and passion into it and grind until you have made mastered it. The word ‘work’ tends to carry a negative connotation, but work is only a bad word if you don’t love what you do. Once you learn to be motivated not just by the rewards of work, but by the spirit of the work itself, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. Helping a student understand that hard work is the simple secret to achieving their goals is one of the most invaluable lessons a mentor can teach.
At the heart of every great achievement is a principle of integrity. When you approach tasks with honesty and a clear sense of moral purpose, you are building a foundation powerful enough to withstand any challenge you might face. Schoolwork is the first significant challenge that young people encounter, and their approach to it will largely shape their sense of integrity for years to come. What we aim to do at TutorBright is show students that it is important to take schoolwork step-by-step, and cultivate a thorough understanding of course material, rather than looking for shortcuts. No one has ever accomplished anything meaningful by being dishonest, and only a student who can honestly assess their own abilities will be able to properly address the areas in their learning that need improvement.
Being around people who believe in you is the catalyst of forward-motion. The aim of our Tutor-Mentors is to empower students by supporting them to be the best version of themselves.
A student who works with someone that they know has their back will be willing to take the risks and asks the questions necessary for them to grow and learn. Students who ask for help are making themselves vulnerable to criticism. That’s why our Tutor-Mentors provide a comfortable space where students can be free to make mistakes, learn from them, and improve. Out of this supportive relationship, our students gain confidence and ability, and our Tutor-Mentors have the honour of knowing that their support helped someone overcome a challenge.
If hustle is the force that turns the possible into the real, optimism is what allows you to see the possibility in the first place. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, it is the greatest asset you can have towards achieving success. Pessimism shows every problem as being the end of the world. But pessimism never overcame any challenge or difficulty. Optimism is knowing that every problem has a solution, and every difficulty poses a new learning opportunity. Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. It allows you to harness your own ability rather than shying away from problems. Optimism is contagious. It is essential to student success. As a tutor, if you have an up attitude about the problems that students are facing, that mentality will transfer to students and show them what they are truly capable of.
TutorBright Founder Sunny Verma appeared on Rogers Daytime recently to discuss the philosophy behind what we do. Check out the videos below, and click here.
000It’s true that not all learning is done in the classroom, but without the structure of tests, assignments, and deadlines,
001This week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor is Eiger Tolledo! Eiger teaches math in Scarborough. He is a graduate of U of T