Thursday, September 30, 2010

"What do you do?" Challenge

Naomi over at IttyBiz has issued an "Un-meme" challenge to bloggers/ittybiz owners to answer a few questions publicly about our businesses.

What's your game? What do you do?

I provide tutoring in various levels of math, from Pre-Algebra through Calculus, to middle school, high school, and college students. I meet with students in their homes, in coffee shops, and in libraries.

I also help with standardized test preparation.

Why do you do it? Do you love it, or do you just have one of those creepy knacks?

Both. My creepy knack is being able to see multiple sides of something, and explaining the same thing in different ways, with different approaches.

I have a BA in Mathematics that I had to fight hard for. It didn't always come easy to me, and it wasn't always a subject that I loved. I know what it's like to have to fight through the parts that seem boring and meaningless.

The combination made some kind of career in education almost inevitable.

Who are your customers? What kind of people would need or want what you offer?

At the moment, most of my customers are parents of middle and high school students in private, parochial schools. In the past, I have worked with public school students and adult college students. Many of my current clients are referrals from previous clients.

I'll work with anyone that is struggling with math concepts or standardized tests.

What is your marketing USP? Why should I buy from you instead of the other losers?

  • I don't know how unique I am, except I am a parent of a teenager as well as a future teacher. I love working with teens.
  • I bring in outside material to supplement what they get in class.
  • I have real-world experience in electronics and an office setting, so I can bring in examples that help relate concepts they are learning to real-life.
  • I get to know the students and what their goals are. I relate their goals to their math classes as much as I can.

What's next for you? What's the big plan?

I'm so glad you asked, because I'm getting really excited about a few things:
  • I'm working on setting up a way to do online tutoring! I should to have this up and running by the end of October.
  • I'm starting to create some videos with simplified lesson plans. I want to have at least a couple of those up on the site by January.
  • I'm currently in my third month of a teacher certification program. By this time next year, I should be student-teaching in a public school.

Now I just need to get off my tukus and get moving on it!

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