personality and learning style

Matchmaking, Online Tutoring, SAT/ACT, Test Prep

What I Love About Matchmaking


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This story began years ago when I was a Church Youth Director and Youth Basketball Coach.

Part of leading a youth group entails programs such as summer camp. One of my favorite tasks was to put students in cabins with youth leaders.

As a basketball coach, it’s more of a long-term partnership where the players don’t change much, but the dynamics do. At certain points in the game individual players mesh better, perform better or match up better against the competition. It’s a constant chess match that I love.

The reason the examples above are relevant for Online SAT/ACT test prep is because synergy matters.

This part skill, part art form of matching the right tutor and student is guided by profile questions, but ultimately an intuitive process.

There’s never a guarantee when matching two people together similar to online dating. But the chances of student’s being motivated to work harder because they actually like their tutor increase dramatically when done thoughtfully.

Because I don’t do the actual tutoring with students, I experience victory indirectly through the parents, students and tutors. My role is to set them up for success, then support and be a cheerleader along the way.

It’s extremely gratifying to be a part of a successful partnership. It’s the impactful testimonials that drive me.

That’s why I love matchmaking.

Matchmaking, Test Prep

SAT/ACT Test Prep: Group Course Vs. Tutoring


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Preparing for the SAT/ACT is a must.

Assuming self-study isn’t the best option it comes down to a group course and individual tutoring.

The difference between the two can be summed up in a fitness center analogy.

When not working out alone: do you prefer a group class or personal trainer?

Some just need other “bodies” there as group accountability for motivation to show up and do the work (fear of embarrassment).

Others need individualized accountability.

Both work, but it depends on your personality and learning style.

One factor to consider is which type is more like your son/daughter: extrovert or introvert?

In this context extroverts might do better in a group course because the extra faces will energize him/her while introverts may lean towards individual tutoring because they prefer a more intimate setting.

Group courses offer more value while individual tutoring provides more attention/customization.

Ultimately it’s your call, but remember the greatest factor is finding the right tutor for your child’s personality and learning style.

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Online Tutoring

How Online Dating Grew My Tutoring Business


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Parents are skeptical of online dating because of context (first interaction was in-person).

Parents are skeptical of online tutoring because of context (the tutor meets in-person).

When I first thought about the differentiator for my tutoring company, the first idea that came to mind was: matchmaking.

At my former company whenever there was a refund or complaint almost 100% of the time it was because the student-tutor relationship wasn’t solid.

That’s because larger tutoring companies say they focus on pairing the right tutor for your student, but what they really do is match based on availability.

As a parent, you say Tuesdays at 6 PM works best so whoever comes up in the database with that opening goes to the top of the list. Sales people are quick to take public information such as bios to sell you on the fact they thought this potential pairing through (false).

When I initially used the analogy of online dating with a parent I felt myself cringe (or maybe that was the parent…), but over time I realize it’s a perfect way of describing what we do differently.

As resistant as the average person is to change (tutoring in-person vs. online) it’s important to speak to what’s relevant or trendy for context purposes. Online dating and online tutoring are both Billion dollar industries that cannot be denied.

You may not agree with how technology has changed the two services mentioned above, but you can agree you’ve heard of them before.

Effective marketing is clearly communicating the value they receive in exchange for an investment. I can’t force parents/students to work with us, but I can clearly explain how working with us works.

Matchmaking in online tutoring works with students because they want to like who they are talking to.

Matchmaking in online tutoring works with parents because they want to know who is working with their child and that they don’t hate their tutor.

Chemistry between the tutor and student is the most impactful quality that affects results because a stronger relationship equals more commitment, engagement and motivation moving forward.

Online dating helps us pair the right tutor with your student and that makes for a match made in academic heaven.

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Why Online Tutoring Is The New Black Of Education


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Traditional education has a huge disadvantage: size.

Even when decreasing the student to teacher ratio individualized learning cannot occur.

It’s not the teacher’s fault. It’s a numbers game stacked against instructors.

That’s why online tutoring works. It’s customized learning.

Besides instructor knowledge there are a couple of factors that determine how much student’s comprehend: personality and learning style.

First, teenagers need to like their tutor. That doesn’t mean best friends, but there has to be some point of connection both can build on.

Second, a tutor needs to be able to identify very quickly how a student learns. When I interview tutors to join the team one of the questions I ask is, “Explain your teaching philosophy/style as a tutor. How does it change depending on the student’s learning style?”

The answer to that question lets me know if they are able to think on their feet and adjust to the student, not the other way around.

Most students these days have busy schedules. We work with student athletes, boarding schools and highly academically-driven individuals that need flexibility in meeting times.

That’s why we have tutors spread across the different time zones to accommodate their needs.

Learning isn’t something that can be forced. If so, students reject it.

Instead focusing on learning style, personality and priorities make a student more committed, engaged and motivated to do the work to get the desired results.

Education isn’t going anywhere, but the way we consume it is shifting.

Test Prep

Why Perfect Scores Don’t Make The Best Test Prep Tutors


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True or false: the best tutors are the near perfect performing ones.

False.

Content knowledge is the qualifier, but it’s not the most important factor in finding the best tutor for your child.

If I asked you to name the best teacher you’ve ever had I guarantee the description includes personality characteristics and how that person made you feel.

It’s not any different with tutoring.

Let’s face it, your son or daughter can choose at least 5 things they’d rather do outside of school than meet with a tutor. That’s exactly why pairing the right tutor with you child can make the difference between success and failure on test day.

In fact it’s so important to me as the owner that I express to candidates if I don’t get along with you we can’t work together. Now that may sound completely subjective, but relatability is the reason our tutors on average are 10 years older than high school students.

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” is one of my favorite leadership quotes.

Translation: what good is working with a smart tutor if the student doesn’t like or respect them?

What matters is how well the tutor can teach the content and strategy of taking the test to the student independently.

In business, the term culture is brought up frequently. As an entrepreneur, it’s important to find tutors that can pretty much work with any type of student. Part of the interview process to join our team is teaching me some problems so I can experience being in the “student’s shoes.”

It’s easy to identify personalities that mesh well with teenagers. In sports, “player’s coach” is often used which is a perfect analogy for our tutors.

And even though I take pride in my student-tutor matchmaking ability, we take is a step further by offering a free 30 minute video meet and greet with parent, student and tutor.

It’s not impossible to score well preparing alone, but working with our team is having an “edge” on test day (that voice in your head talking you through the process).

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