Meet this week's Spotlight, All-Star Tutor-Mentor Tomas Byers. Tomas is studying a Bachelor of Product Design Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology. In his spare time, Tomas enjoys mountain bike riding and teaching himself Japanese. He also enjoys various video games. Tomas has fallen in love with the Borderland franchise; he finds the storytelling and humour to be clever and interwoven with subtleties.
1. What do you like best about being a Tutor-Mentor?
What I enjoy the most about being a Tutor-Mentor is having the opportunity to convey and practice the communication/transfer of knowledge from one individual to another. I phrase it like that because I am always learning just as much from my students as they do from me.
2. What subjects do you enjoy teaching and why?
I started tutoring Japanese privately for some family friends. With TutorBright I mostly tutor maths and a little bit of English. I like teaching both maths and Japanese as these are subjects I personally enjoy, and find them very interesting in terms of how they can be taught.
3. What is your favourite moment as a Tutor-Mentor?
My favourite moment was in my most recent session. I teach maths and English to this particular student, however, this session was a little different; they were learning about three dimensional objects in class. As I study Product Design, I turned the lesson into a sketching exercise about understanding projection from different angles, and spatial thinking.
4. What advice would you give to new TutorBright Tutor-Mentors?
Without trying to sound too cliché, I think that being both physically and emotionally present, along with getting involved in your student’s learning experience, are key to engaging them and maximising their learning.
5. What quote would you use to describe your life motto?
For me the following quote is one that inspires me to break the limits on what I can do:
"Can you match my resolve? If so then you will succeed. I believe that the human spirit is indomitable. If you endeavour to achieve, it will happen given enough resolve. It may not be immediate, and often your greater dreams are something you will not achieve within your own lifetime. The effort you put forth to anything transcends yourself, for there is no futility even in death." - Monty Oum
Read last week's Spotlight here.