April 6, 2016 Video Blog
An effective tutor has to be more than just a teacher, because this individual must be able to reach the student. A quality teacher must also be a mentor and TutorBright understands this. We utilize this approach to achieve stellar results for their clients, even those who seemed hopeless. In a recent YouTube video, TutorBright’s founder (Sunny Verma) explained how he initially came up with this theory of the tutor-mentor. Like many innovative ideas, he stumbled upon the theory by chance.
When Sunny was asked to tutor a young lady who was struggling to pass 12th grade English, it kickstarted the TutorBright dream. This young lady had already attended learning centers and even received additional support from her teacher but she continued to struggle. While Sunny didn’t have any formal training in the educational arena, he did possess a strong desire to help others. When he initially met with his first client, he wasn’t looking to launch a successful company because he only wanted to help this one young student. Unlike the others who assisted the struggling student, Sunny began by building a rapport with her. He taught the young woman to help her improve her poor grammar skills, but he also showed a genuine concern and befriended her. At the time, he wasn’t even aware of the impact that this unique approach was having on the young woman’s confidence. He knew that her grades were improving, but he initially accredited this success to the work they had done together.
Sunny’s student was surprised in English class by a pop-quiz, so he wouldn’t be able to help her as much as he had in the past. However, the young woman still scored a 90% on the test, and she had done this by herself. It was later that day when Sunny began to understand how he was able to succeed with the young student where others had failed so miserably.
Sunny met with the young woman later that day and she greeted him with a warm embrace because she was proud of her achievement. It was then that Sunny began to understand just how he had managed to reach the young woman where others had not. He showed a genuine interest in the student, which had given her the confidence that she needed to succeed on her own. Self-confidence is a powerful tool, and Sunny realized that he could help other students by pairing them with tutors who were also concerned mentors. This is how the bright young man came up with the idea for TutorBright and the team has grown exponentially since.
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