Success Story: Chris L. Masters Movie-Making and Pre-Calculus

Chris L. makes movies but gets his homework done first.

We love hearing from students who are using our service. And we love it even more when students are so excited about having access to live, expert tutoring that they want to tell their friends about it.

A few weeks ago, we found out that Chris L. a Senior from Fort Sam Houston had made not one, not two, but five different videos to let his peers know about for U.S. Military Families. From a hilarious romantic comedy to a horror themed video, they are all fun to watch (links to all videos below).

When Chris isn’t making movies, you can find him participating in the Student Council or helping out teachers and students with a range of technology issues as a tech intern chosen by Dr. Roland Rios, the Director of Instructional Technology at the Robert G. Cole High School. Chris is also one of just 20 students chosen to meet with base leadership to discuss how the base can better meet the needs of students.

We reached out to Chris and Dr. Rios to find out where Chris gets his inspiration from and how he is personally using to increase his math grades. We loved your videos!  Great diversity, music and casting.  Why did you decide to create all these videos about

Chris: I’m a member of our Student to Student (S2S) program and I wanted to do the videos to show other military students that they could get online tutoring. I used iMovie from Mac to make all the movies.

Note: S2S is a popular and important program for military students run by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC).

Dr. Rios: iMovie is a great program that offers templates for different types of videos. Chris came up with the concepts and did all the work to put these videos together.  Chris, were you already using when you created the videos?

Chris:  Yes. I was using regularly last school year for pre-calculus. I had a pretty low grade but I raised it to a high B, low A by connecting to the tutors. I mostly used it to prepare for quizzes and exams. I also use it to have my essays proofread.  What do you like about getting help from online tutors?

Chris: I like that it’s a different type of learning environment. It’s private and I don’t feel embarrassed asking questions.  That’s why I thought it would be great to use videos to tell other students about the program as part of Student to Student.  Did you get help or tutoring before the introduction of

Chris:  We have great teachers. They are always available to help after school. But sometimes I’m working later at night and need help then. I got an iPad for my birthday and now I use it to connect to a tutor. I love that tutors are always online to help me.

(Note: The To Go iOS app is available at  It’s your Senior year. What are you planning on doing after graduation?

Chris L: I’m applying to a few  military academies and schools that have ROTC. I want to join the Army like my dad after I graduate from college.  You are a really busy and really successful student. What advice do you have for other students struggling at school and trying to balance all of their activities?

Chris L.:  School always comes first. Keeping your grades high is really important. After you take care of homework and school then you balance everything else – activities and friends. When you have problems, make sure to ask for help. Go to a teacher or find out what else is available to you.

Watch Chris’s Videos about for U.S. Military Families for U.S. Military Families is funded by the Department of Defense MWR Library Program and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.   To see if you are eligible for this program, please go to



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