Mentor of the Month: Olga R.

IMG_0598When Olga R.’s priorities shifted to focus on caring for her preemie twins, she said goodbye to her day job and became a stay-at-home mom. But with a degree in Math, she still wanted to put her expertise to work and joined the team in 2010. Three years later, she loves the satisfaction of helping students find their way and mentoring new tutors to be the best they can be.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in Northeast Ohio with my husband, our three daughters, and our very crazy wire-haired Fox Terrier. I went to John Carroll University with the intent to become a Computer Programmer.  Just because I liked math so much, I decided to major in that also.  Four years later, I realized that Computer Science wasn’t really for me, so I was very thankful for the Math part of my double-major.  I worked as an analyst for an auto insurance company after graduation and really enjoyed my job.  However, when our preemie twins were born, my priorities shifted and I decided to be a stay-at-home mom.

I’ve been tutoring with since 2010, tutoring Elementary Math, Mid-Level Math, Algebra, and Algebra II, and mentoring since 2012.

How did you find out about

I’ve always enjoyed tutoring when I was in college, and when I started thinking of some part-time jobs that would be feasible with young children, tutoring automatically came to mind and I came across  It seemed too good to be true at first, but after some research, I decided to give it a try.  It was the best decision ever!  I get to spend time with my girls, I get to watch them grow, and witness all the little things they do, and I get to work–from–home when it’s convenient for me. And I get paid!

What makes it a great fit?

I really enjoy both tutoring and mentoring for various reasons. For tutoring, I love the anticipation of a new session, the unknown of what the student is going to ask and how it will all go— it’s quite addicting actually.  I love when my sessions go well and I get to help someone figure out a problem or understand a certain topic.  The feeling that your work truly matters and that instant gratification are pretty amazing!

I enjoy mentoring because I get to support other tutors.  I think it’s great that provides so much coaching and support at all levels: tutors have mentors, mentors have senior mentors, etc. 

Any study tips?

Best homework or study tip I could give is go through your class notes and read the material in the book before attempting to do the homework.  And the one thing I think every student should do in order to become a better student is don’t be afraid to ask questions!  Tackle the problems when they are little hills instead of waiting until they become huge mountains.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love being outside with my family.  I also enjoy photography and I’m hoping to take a digital photography class (or two) in the near future.


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