Fostering an enthusiasm for personal growth is, in my experience, a surefire way to get students more interested in education.
Meet Matt, a classroom teacher's assistant who was inspired by his Mum!
Why did you want to become a tutor?
My mum's a teacher - she taught me for two grades, in fact - so I've always really valued learning. I've worked as a primary school teaching assistant since 2014 and was looking for a flexible opportunity to bring my love of education to a bigger variety of students in more focussed environments.
How will you connect with your students?
I try not to talk down to students because they're younger. I want them to understand that I know school is hard and can be frustrating, but I believe it's about enjoying the learning process and feeling confident in your own abilities. Fostering an enthusiasm for personal growth is, in my experience, a surefire way to get students more interested in education.
Why are you interested in the subjects that you will be teaching?
I mainly teach English and writing-related subjects. I work in the arts and believe self-expression is one of the cornerstones of emotional health, so the larger your toolkit for expression the better quality of life you are likely to have. Words matter!
How do you learn best?
I'm an introvert by nature, so I need quiet to focus. Sometimes I'll listen to white noise when I'm reading, so that I can tune into the text and nothing else. I also keep a blank sketchpad and pen nearby - I find that doodling works just as well as note-taking for me, sometimes images can convey my understanding of a dense idea far more efficiently than words.
Why did you choose TutorBright?
TutorBright appeared to have the best infrastructure and support network, compared to other tutoring companies that I've looked at. They strike a perfect balance between employee support and autonomous self-management that really appealed to me.
Why is education something that you value? What is one of the most significant things you've learned during your own education?
I realised with disappointment some time around grade 10 that I was never going to be able to experience all of the culture that exists in the world. Immersing myself in culture and trying to experience and glean lessons from as much of it as I can is my way of mitigating that realisation. One of the most significant things I've learned is that when it comes down to it, every question has two responses - you either trust your gut, or admit that you don't know. The former will often surprise you, because you've learnt more than you think, and the latter will lead you to something new you can learn!
What is your vision for the future? What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about telling stories and teaching students. I also live to make people laugh. I want to be a children's writer, preferably for the screen. You can absorb so, so much from watching or reading something that entertains you, and I believe that I have the skills and ambition necessary to create those things. I would like to leave the world a kinder and happier place.
If you could make any changes to the education system in Australia, what would they be?
I would make a concerted effort to place the child at the focus of every educational facility in the country. Too many schools are concerned about their budgets, their parents, and their staff, losing sight of the fact that the point of the institution is to educate and support a future generation. I would make room for play-integrated learning and privilege children's moral, emotional, and social education over improved NAPLAN scores. There would be far more creativity in classrooms. I would educate to improve Australia's National Happiness Index rather than the Gross Domestic Product.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact about yourself.
When I'm not tutoring, working in schools, or in school myself, I am a sketch, stand-up, and improvisational comedian. I perform a few nights every week and have toured as far as Perth as part of a variety of comedy festivals.
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