April 6, 2016 Video Blog
Ian Millman, Director of Education at TutorBright, explains how a major part of his role is to ensure that each student is strategically matched with the best Tutor Mentor for them.
Students who struggle in school have few options when trying to keep up with their classmates. Most students would seek the services of a tutor, but the student may experience the same issues with the tutor that caused him or her to initially fall behind. Fortunately, the educators here at TutorBright realize that neither the student nor the educator is to blame when they don’t mesh in the classroom.
One would assume that students who earn poor grades do so because they lack motivation or intelligence. However, this has been disproved on multiple occasions. TutorBright is further disproving this notion by helping students that hadn’t exceeded in any other environment. One of the secrets to our success is the tutor-mentor approach. The instructors are more than just talking heads, because they show a genuine concern for their students. However, simply hiring lots of smart and caring people wouldn’t allow TutorBright to yield the kind of impressive results that they’ve had so far. This is the first program to consider the child’s personality, and match each with an adequate instructor.
Most people are unfamiliar with The Rosenthal Effect, but it can make or ruin a child’s education. Any pre-conceived notions that the teacher has about the student will inevitably impact the student’s performance. A teacher with a sunny disposition may think introvert students are creepy. Subsequently, these students won’t reach their full potential. Likewise, a reserved teacher may think less of loquacious students, and they’ll fail to succeed. This is why TutorBright screens each student and each instructor to ensure the personalities will mesh. A student who’s constantly at odds with the teacher isn’t going to be anxious to learn. A classroom is supposed to be a comfortable place, but a clash in personalities can make it uncomfortable for the student and the teacher. TutorBright understands this and takes diligent steps to make sure both the student and the instructor are comfortable.
There are many factors taken into consideration before a child is ever matched with a tutor/mentor. Three of the most important factors are personality, academic expertise, and teaching style. While it’s wrong to ask the student to adjust to bad circumstances, the instructor also has certain preferences. This is why teaching style is so vital. A teacher who likes to lecture is better-suited for students who learn better from lectures. A teacher who excels at science is better for students who struggle with science. However, personality may be the most important factor when matching a student with a tutor/mentor. The mentor aspect is extremely important to TutorBright’s success, so the student and instructor must be able to get along.
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