It’s been my experience that it takes only one person to ignite a passion in someone that can result in the realization of potential and the discovery of many capabilities. My year 11 science teacher had this effect on me, taking on the role of a mentor as well as a teacher.
Why did you want to become a tutor? Were you inspired by a teacher, family member, friend or experience?
It’s been my experience that it takes only one person to ignite a passion in someone that can result in the realization of potential and the discovery of many capabilities. My year 11 science teacher had this effect on me, taking on the role of a mentor as well as a teacher. His compassion, exuberance and effort to adapt his style of teaching to his students evoked in me a passion for education. A passion that if not adopted would have me lead a very different life, and not one for the better. This experience is one I wish everyone could have, and one I hope to provide through tutoring.
How will you connect with your students? And why do you think your method(s) will work?
To me, understanding the student is just as, if not more important than the topic itself. It is my responsibility to use my understanding to structure the content in a way that is engaging, informative and most importantly enjoyable. Education is something to be sought out and enjoyed and it is my ambition to reveal that to my students.
Why are you interested in the subjects that you will be teaching?
Mathematics is not merely a subject, but rather a skill and an incredibly important skill at that. Maths is so fundamental to a multitude of disciplines and is used in everyday life. It’s practically impossible to go life without using math and conversely the more skilled you are with it, the easier things become.
How do you learn best?
The way I like to learn is through a three-step process:
First, I gather, collate and cross examine a stack of information on whichever given topic. I often prefer to use books as they are denser in content and created with a lot of forethought and care.
Second, I start with the most engaging and interesting content that I have found and try relating it to as many concepts that I already know, getting a holistic interpretation on the subject that exceeds the purpose I need it for.
Third, once I feel adept in my understanding I share my knowledge and or apply it at every opportunity I find, cementing it in my memory through experience.
Why did you choose TutorBright?
The main reason for choosing TutorBright was due to their emphasis toward mentorship as well as teaching. Through this, they go beyond just helping with homework, it's aligned with my own personal goals of making a positive impact through education.
Why is education something that you value? What is one of the most significant things you've learned during your own education?
I could fill a plethora of tomes on the value I place on education. But to keep things succinct, i'll apply some logic to a famous quote from René Descartes. “I think therefore, I am” ergo the better I think the better I am. Education has a very apparent and direct correlation to quality of life. And a life with zero education whatsoever will be a very short life indeed.
What is your vision for the future? What are you passionate about?
I carry a lot of optimism toward my future and see a lot of potential in many aspects of my life. I am excited to see where life will take me and what I will do. I have many passions but to simplify it, I just like to learn and improve myself in any which way. Having a skill or new-found wisdom I didn’t have the day before is incredibly rewarding and what I strive to do each day.
If you could make any changes to the education system in Australia, what would they be?
If I were to make one change it would be altering the negative relationship toward failure into a positive one. Failure is one of the most important tools to education as it practically forces someone to learn. However due to a multitude of factors it is very much discouraged causing people to be paralyzed by the thought of failure before even attempting a task. These mindsets instilled in youth carry on to adulthood where so many great minds are left squandered never to express the potentially revolutionary insights they carry.
Tell us a fun/interesting fact about yourself.
During my gap year I spent some time travelling through Europe and fell in love with France. Currently I am learning French language and culture with the aim to travel there next year and teach English whilst I explore the country.
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