Each month our team of mentors nominates a “Tutor of the Month.” This month’s tutor is Mike K. from Michigan. Mike tutors Algebra II, Calculus, Statistics and Trigonometry. We are happy to share this interview, so you can “meet” him. Check out our additional tutor profiles to learn more about the people who help serve thousands of sessions, every day
What brought you to Tutor.com? How long have you been here?
I stumbled upon Tutor.com while looking for tutoring websites. It wasn’t anything I’d heard about, so I decided to investigate and ended up taking seven or eight tests within two days (which suggests that I really have nothing better to do with my time). I’ve been tutoring now for about 3 months.
What is the most rewarding part of tutoring?
The most rewarding part of tutoring is knowing that I have the opportunity to help kids succeed in math (the subject I teach), especially during a time when more kids than ever need to be skilled at math in order to do well in college, get a job, etc. I like that I get to be a small part of the move toward helping all kids succeed in school.
Do you have any funny or touching Tutor.com stories?
Nothing really comes to mind, but on a daily basis I experience a feeling of simple good-will from the students who use our service. They really are happy to have us here to help them learn, and they are willing to show that thankfulness when we work with them.
What interests do you have outside of Tutor.com?
Outside of Tutor.com, I love playing with my three children and teaching them to play the violin. I like to keep up with my own music-playing and -writing when I can, and I also teach high school mathematics (a subject in which I have a geek’s need to study and learn more all the time). I race my students to finish the N.Y. Times crossword first, read whenever I can, and run or bike to keep from falling into disrepair.
Any big events or activities coming up?
Not for me – most of the interesting events revolve around my children now, whether plays or recitals or other activities.
Anything else you would like to share?
It might sound like an Oscar acceptance speech, but I want to personally thank my mentor, Josh, for being an incredible source of support, suggestions, and encouragement in the last few months. Anyone else who is on his team of tutors knows how capable and dedicated he is.