Tutor Interview Corner
MyTrustedTutor has initiated an innovative segment to for tutor interview with tutors registered with them. Read on!
We are starting off by interviewing Asma Bijal who is a primary school level tutor based in Mumbai. She explains her love for teaching, methodologies and approach.
Interview with Asma Bijal
Q.1: Hey Asma! It is wonderful to have you on board with us. Please tell us something about yourself and your background? What inspired you to teach?
Thank you so much! I started teaching tuitions when I was in Class XII myself and I really enjoyed it. However, I got married after sometime and had to distance myself from this job profile. Now, I have restarted teaching as a tutor and am looking forward to productive assignments and sessions.
As far as the reason is concerned, I have always loved reading. Teaching was not something I had planned but I really have come to enjoy the process of learning new things and imparting knowledge. We can say that it is a loved hobby that I am really passionate about.
- Q.2: What made you opt for private tuitions?
- Teaching at a school did not work out for me because I was married in the meantime and it was not possible to opt for a full time job. For me, tuitions are a better way to teach because I help supplement the main teaching of my students.
- Q.3: Your student base is extremely young (Classes 1 to 6). What is your approach to teach them effectively?
- I first devote time to understand the preferences of my students because they are an equally important part of my job. For classes 1 and 2 students, I play with them and make them learn in an engaging manner. I abhor mugging and rote learning so I utilise an interactive way to make sure that the student is making the most of my teaching.
- I first explain concepts methodically, and then make the students read the written part and understand it. Thereafter, I encourage them to write what they have learnt so that a) they remember this and b) I can understand if there are any differences in the expectations and the actual outcome.
- Usually, I am able to complete a chapter in around 1-2 days.
- Q.4: What do your students and their parents have to say about your approach and teaching? Have there been any effects of your teaching which you would like to share with us?
- It has been a positive response till now. I am told that my explanation is very helpful. However, a few parents worry about the writing part of my method as they believe that their kids cannot balance their school coursework with the tuition work. However, I make them understand in the best possible way that a serious approach is much more productive. My personalised method and mannerisms help in making sure that my allotted work is not burdensome to the parents and students.
- There have been numerous instances of improvement in the grades of my students. I will share the case of two students specifically. The first child is in Class 1 and was an average student with B/B+ grades. When I started tutoring him, he improved his grades and now gets A/A+ in his school work. This effect is really encouraging.
- The second child is the older sister of the former student and is in Class 6. She was not able to cope with the pressures and used to pass with grace marks from her teachers. After I started teaching her, she improved to a large extent. A student who was previously failing due to extremely low grades was able to pull herself up to the passing average in each subject.
- These 2 differing cases showcase how a little help and encouragement can help the students perform better and be productive.
- Q.5: Why/How do you think your teaching has an edge over others; so to say what do you think is your USP?
- (humble laughter ensues) I will not say that I am better but my methods have certainly worked for me and my students. In my time, my tutors were old fashioned and strict and believed in rote learning. This resulted into me forgetting the important portions for exams because mugging really does not help anyone.
- Then my mother started helping me with my studies although she is not extremely qualified. However, she was lenient and understood how I could work on my skills. She made sure I understood everything I was reading and helped me overcome my difficulties. This also helped with my memory as I was able to learn better for my exams. I endeavour to help my students the same way my mother helped me: a personal touch is very, very important. I teach my students as if they are my own kids and that makes a world of difference.
- Q.6: How do you think an organised tutor outsourcing system such as MyTrustedTutor will help everyone including tutors such as yourself and the parents?
- Parents seek trustworthy tutors and not people who will ditch their kids in the midway. They think that in the current times no one is exceptionally honest and trustworthy. This is a common complain and feedback which many parents have. Because of this, the image of honest and reliable tutors is also affected to a large extent and they suffer!
- An organised structure which acts like a communicator and quality control personnel like MyTrustedTutor will really help in clearing this wrong image which has been created and tutors will be able to benefit from the same. They will get more work and that too, of good quality.
- Likewise, the parents will be immensely helped because they will get the best tutors and a productive bonding will be fostered.
- Q.7: Anything else you would like to tell us?
- First of all, Thank you so much for interviewing me. This goes on to suggest that you have a very transparent system in place which will benefit the tutors and parents. I congratulate you for this wonderful initiative to organise tutoring at this level. This interview has helped boost my own confidence and I believe you are very reliable and efficient. Let us hope that this bond will work wonders for both of us. J