This week’s Spotlight is All-Star Tutor-Mentor Brittany Crane! Brittany is finishing her 3rd Year Bachelor of Arts, at Victoria Polytechnic, and is going to start a Masters of Secondary Teaching next year. She is also completing her Certificate 4 in Education Support through TutorBright. In her spare time she loves going to see musicians and theatre productions. She also enjoys make up as a creative outlet and has her Certificate 2 in Retail Make up.
1. What do you like best about being a Tutor-Mentor?
Being able to see kids grow, not only in academic skill but also in confidence, as humans. I like how one hour a week can help a kid realise their potential and the impact they can have on the world.
2. What subjects do you enjoy teaching and why?
Maths is one of my favourite subjects to teach, usually in the year 7-10 range. The number one reason is I feel confident teaching it, and I use that energy to make students that are struggling to feel confident. I genuinely enjoy maths, so using that energy again. I also like the moment when kids are struggling with a concept and the they have a light bulb moment and figure out how everything works.
3. What is your favourite moment as a Tutor-Mentor?
My favourite moment as a Tutor-Mentor would have to be when everything I’ve been saying falls into place and makes sense to a student. It’s great to see when they realise they’ve been able to do an equation all along but just needed some help in accessing the answer. I call them light bulb moments, where students say “I can do this”.
4. What advice would you give to new TutorBright Tutor-Mentors?
The students we get already have teachers. Don’t be another teacher to them. They don’t need someone to sit in front of them and recite all the information back. Approach tutoring like you would approach helping one of your friends back in high school. Building that type of relationship will be the most beneficial to the student and make the sessions worthwhile.
5. What quote would you use to describe your life motto?
A combination of “If at first you don’t succeed, try again” and “Just keep swimming” and “Failure is another stepping stone to greatness”.
Read about last week’s Spotlight Tutor-Mentor here.