What better way to kick off our Meet the Tutor series than with Greg S, one of the first tutors to sign-up to TutorBee. Greg joins us tutoring maths, and after a 35 year teaching career, you can bet he knows his stuff. A very warm welcome to Greg!
TB: How did you get into tutoring? What motivated you?
GS: There has always been a high demand for maths tutoring. With the way the curriculum has been designed, there is insufficient class time for learning the core subjects thoroughly, so the demand for extra help is always there.
The motivation is always the improved results the students achieve through their own realisation, and the insight into the subjects that they obtain.
TB: You tutor maths. What fascinates you about the subject area?
GS: Maths, to me, is the explanation of the world in which we live. Everything involves language, numbers and rules and so the better we understand the three concepts, the more successful our grasp of reality.
TB: What do you think makes you a great tutor?
GS: A good tutor knows the subject area and can explain ideas and concepts well enough for a student to improve on their understanding of these concepts. A great tutor can determine quickly and efficiently in which areas the student needs to improve, and why, and goes straight to the heart of the problem!
TB: What’s your best study tip for students?
GS: Go over your school work each day and note everything you need help in. WRITE IT DOWN. Then seek out the help you need as soon as possible – either from your teacher, a tutor, a fellow student, parent or friend who understands. The best way to learn is to teach it to someone.
TB: What was the best advice you were ever given as a student?
GS: When in doubt, research the problem. Never take anything at face value – always seek out “why” and “how”.
TB: Ok, finally, any funny tutoring stories to share?
GS: Not so much funny as amusing – there have been quite a few of my students who have started the year with the usual “I’m not ever gonna use this stuff” and those same students, later in their career life, have actually acknowledged to me that they would never have succeeded without that “stuff”.