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We had some storms yesterday and they got me to thinking some about missed tutor sessions. We talk about this in page 5 of our guide and Video 1 of our video series. If you have our guide then you’ll want to review those pages and make sure you have a missed session policy in place. If you don’t have the guide you can order it here –
I saw this story over the weekend and it inspired me, so I thought I would share it with you.
There was once a student in a fifth grade class named Ed. Now Ed was a marginal student making a B or two but mostly C’s and sometimes a D. Ms. Gilliam the teacher wasn’t really sure how to take him. He seemed like he was just drifting thru the class and had frequent absences. At the Christmas party that year she got the usual stack of presents with pretty bows and ribbons and one present wrapped in what looked like a brown paper bag from Ed. She opened the present and inside was a bracelet with a broken clasp and a half empty bottle of cheap perfume. All of the kids laugh and of course Ms. Gilliam told them to be quite and thanked Ed for the gift.
This got Ms. Gilliam thinking and when class was over for the day she took some time to review Ed’s file. First grade comments were ‘ Outstanding student – enjoys school – exceeds expectation.’ Second grade was similar. Third grade ‘ Mother is ill, misses frequently, distant’. Fourth grade ‘ Mother passed away, Father is frequently gone, not very much home support, grades have plummeted’. That night Ms. Gilliam decided that she was going to make a difference.
The next day she wore the bracelet and the perfume. After class Ed was hanging around and approached her with tears in his eyes. “Thank you for letting me see and smell my Mom again.” The rest of the school year passed and the more attention she paid to Ed the more he blossomed into a thriving student.
The years passed and Ms. Gilliam got a letter from Ed. In the letter he explained that he had just graduated high school and was second in his class. Four years later another letter came and Ed explained that he had graduated college 1st in his class. Four years later a letter came from Ed explaining that he had just graduated medical school. It went on to thank Ms. Gilliam and let her know that that Christmas many years ago had changed his life forever.
As a tutor you can make a difference and do make one every time you help someone learn something they are struggling with. You can make a difference.
Tutor Tips –
We include a ton of tips on how to get students for your tutoring business in our guide and quick start email series. Here is another tip. Volunteer at a school in the district you want to get students from. It would be better if you could volunteer in a class / for a teacher that teaches a subject that you would like to tutor. You will most likely have to do a background check and jump thru a couple of other hoops, but it will get you involved in the school and you will get to know the teachers, students, and some of the other parents. When an opportunity arises you can let them know that you tutor.
Business Help –
Taxes are due in the next few weeks… I know I hate paying them as well. I remember in our first year of business we had a large bill, especially since you have to pay the taxes that are due and the first estimated tax bill. After that sobering experience we started doing something different. We now set aside a bit each week, I actually just deduct it from my checking account and make a note of it. When taxes are due I already have it set aside. Much less dreading it … although I still hate to write that check.
Off the Hook
Off the hook is the section of our newsletter dedicated to fun stuff. I am a huge fan of old movies. It saddened me to hear about Elizabeth Taylor’s death. Turner Classic Movies will be having an all day marathon on Sunday, April 10th. It will include 24 hours of her movies and her two Oscar winning pictures will also be featured. Complete details can be found at the following lin.
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