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Serving Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville & Surrounding Areas on Vancouver Island

Tips to Help Tackle Cyberbullying

“Trolls,” as they are known on social media, can be described as this generation’s new bullies. However, unlike traditional bullies, social media trolls often have the advantage of remaining completely anonymous – and as a res…

Balancing Sports and Academics

At Tutor Doctor, we love sports! School athletics are not only great for one’s health, but can also give students a serious advantage when applying for colleges. Being involved in student athletics looks great on any college application, and there are numerous scholarships available to students that participate in sports. However, sometimes balancing sports and academics can be difficult! If you are a student that finds it challenging to manage time, here are three simple tips to help stay on track!

  1. Make a schedule to stay organized.

Keeping a planner or agenda is a great way to manage your time. Teachers provide syllabuses at the beginning of the school year outlining important due dates and exams. In addition, sports practices and games are generally predetermined as well. We recommend comparing your schedules and making an agenda ahead of time in order to plan accordingly. For example, if you know you have basketball practice on Tuesday and Thursday and a biology test on Friday, plan to use Monday and Wednesday evenings to study!

  1. Remember that sports are meant to aid your academic success, not hinder it.

Believe it or not, school athletics are meant to help you excel! In fact, statistically speaking, students that participate in team sports are more likely to have higher grade point averages. In addition, students involved in sports have a more positive attitude towards school and are generally higher achievers. If you find school athletics are hurting your academic progress, it’s important to start planning more effectively. Sports are meant to help your education, not hinder it!

  1. Remind yourself of the importance of academics.

It is important to remind yourself that your education ultimately should come first. The true purpose of school sports is to help build valuable team-playing and time management skills that compliment your academic success (and your college applications)! Regardless of how skilled a student may be at a given sport, all schools have a minimum GPA requirement. Usually, a student is required to have a C average (minimum 2.0 GPA) to even be eligible for school athletics.

Although we’ve all heard the incredible stories about talented high school athletes being drafted into college or pro teams, the fact is this rarely happens. According to the NCAA, only 7% of students that play sports in high school will move on to NCAA athletics. Considering these competitive figures, a student that has succeeded in school sports in addition to having good grades will undoubtedly appear more impressive on any college application.

School athletics are a great way to build valuable time management and social skills that students can apply for the rest of their professional lives. However, it can be difficult to balance sports with academics. School spirit is a great thing, and we know how passionate many students are about sports! Just remember – sports are meant to be an addendum to your education, and academics should always take priority.

We are experts in executive functioning and time management skills. If you need help planning your schedule, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Should I Take the ACT or SAT?

At Tutor Doctor, we know choosing between the ACT and the SAT can be a difficult decision! When it comes down to it, students should take the test best suited to their needs. Here are three important questions that you may want to ask yourself before…

The Importance of Family Time for Young People

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How To Stop Your Child From Hating School

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How to Nudge Your Child Towards a STEM Career

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Career Paths in the Arts You May Not Have Thought Of

When young people think about careers in the arts, they tend to emphasize content creation: artists, actors, musicians, writers and so on. Creators are, of course, the backbone of the arts world, and of course without artists we wouldn’t have a…

Career Paths in the Arts You May Not Have Thought Of

When young people think about careers in the arts, they tend to emphasize content creation: artists, actors, musicians, writers and so on. Creators are, of course, the backbone of the arts world, and of course without artists we wouldn’t have all the amazing content that brings so much joy to so many people. The truth is, however, any student choosing a career path in creative fields will face significant challenges. Once out of school, creative professionals will face a great deal of competition, as it can be so risky taking a chance on someone new. The truth is, the image of the “starving artist” has a real grounding in truth. There is, however, good news: there are a great many arts-related careers that may not occur to creative youngsters yet which offer interesting career options. Here are some.



Film school, arts school, design school, music school … there are a great many places for artists to learn their trade, with classes taught by trained professionals. Teaching can be a useful source of income for creatives, and chances are there’s at least one arts-related school in your community.

In addition, there are often teaching opportunities in public schools and colleges, though you will almost certainly need a strong portfolio of work to prove your skill level. Public schools will also probably require a teaching certificate. However, many artists simply put up posters in their neighborhood and charge by the hour.


Business management

Some artists act as if talking about the business side of the arts is somehow crass, but real professionals know that business is the backbone of creativity — after all, you can’t say “arts business” without “business.” Amazingly, a great many artists not only treat business as completely separate from their creative efforts, but they often struggle to master its intricacies.

Successful musicians have managers, producers and record labels; actors and film directors work for production companies and studios; authors still rely on publishers. These are the people who actually carry out the producing and selling of creative works, who negotiate business deals,sign new artists and much more. Chances are, they also have careers that are more stable and predictable than those of the creators they manage.

An artist who has a strong understanding of business practices will definitely have more career opportunities.



The arts business depends on marketing. If you imagine the massive budget of a Hollywood superhero movie, it’s standard practice to spend as much (or more) on marketing as it cost to make the movie itself. No creative endeavor is complete without a marketing strategy, and that’s where marketing professionals come in, getting the word out about the album, novel, movie (or whatever) created by their artists.

These days, a huge part of marketing is digital, employing search engines, email and other online technologies to reach potential audiences. Of particular importance is social media marketing — using things like Facebook and Instagram to promote and connect. Lots of marketers come from arts backgrounds, but a solid background in digital technology will be a great help in advancing your career.


Talent management

Musicians have agents. So do writers, actors and more. An agent’s job is to find work for their clients and represent them in negotiations, taking a percentage of the artist’s earnings as a fee. Agents are go-getters; they’re constantly out there, advocating for their clients. After all, that’s how they earn their living. Agents are usually confident, strong and sociable. They get a fair amount of rejection, and often have to encourage their clients.

Being an agent can actually be a lot of fun. If you love the arts, you’ll find that few people are as deeply enmeshed in the arts world as agents — they know everybody.


Behind the scenes

Most forms of art involve a group effort to some degree. Film and television sets are perhaps the most obvious example, with crew members handling lights, cameras, sets, props, sound and so on. If you think about it, though, you can probably imagine similar situations for many creative fields. Writing is a solo effort, but publishing requires editors, designers and printers, music requires studio technicians and concert crews, actors need makeup artists — well, you get the idea.

Many of these “support” jobs are creative fields in their own right, and while they’re unlikely to gain the kind of fame we tend to associate with artistic success, they can still have solid, stable and rewarding careers.

Celebrating our incredible tutors for National Tutoring Week

At Tutor Doctor we’re committed to helping our students achieve their academic potential, whether that’s getting the grades needed to attend the college of their dreams or increasing their confidence in class. Simply put, making a difference is at the very heart of what we do.

This could not be achieved without our incredible tutors. Every day our tutors are making a profound difference in the lives of our families, in our communities and our organization, and we are extremely proud of the work they do!

This week is National Tutoring Week, so we wanted to share some incredible stories about how our tutors are making a difference across the globe.

 “When we first came on board we were very happy with our first tutor Ashley and were very disappointed that she found a new job that would not allow her to tutor anymore. Jenny enjoyed Ashley as she was young and the connection was wonderful. After speaking with the Tutor Doctor staff, they assured me that they would match Jenny with another great tutor. Enter Cami. She had an immediate love for my little girl. It was special from the beginning like a mother-daughter relationship. This means so much to me since Jenny lost her mother in June 2015. Cami will go by Starbucks before coming by every Thursday evening. They relax and talk for a bit before getting busy with homework. Cami took Jenny shopping on a Saturday for making the A/B honor roll. Not because she felt she had to but because she LOVED being with Jenny. Jenny has been on a very good trajectory on her grades which is now above a 3.0 (proud daddy)! I am very thankful for Tutor Doctor and especially proud to call Cami our friend. I give the highest marks to both Tutor Doctor and our Cami. She is much more than just a tutor.”

  • Tutor: Cami, Florida USA, Tutor of the Year 2017 winner

“Cath is incredible! Our daughter was nearly two years behind and lacked a huge amount of confidence. Cath has really understood our daughter and brought out her confidence and ability to perform in school. Before, our daughter would not have raised her hand, whereas now, she always tries her best as doesn’t worry about getting things wrong. She even showed some of her class mates various games and helping them with their maths!! She recently got an award from the head mistress for her hard work at maths and I have never seen her so happy! We send the reports to school and the school and tutor work well together. We will be staying with our tutor until the end of secondary (if we can!) as they have such a fantastic bond. I always hear them chuckling and having fun. Our daughter absolutely loves maths now and wants to do more and more. Thank you Cath.”

  • Tutor: Cath, London UK

“Stan has been my son’s tutor for most of this school year and we feel so lucky to have him. He makes learning a fun and positive experience for Brody and always encourages and motivates him to do his best. Stan has made a great impact on Brody’s academic success, by providing tools and strategies to help overcome his learning challenges. Thank you, Stan, for all you’ve done!”

  • Tutor: Stan, Texas USA

“Within a short amount of time Marilyn has taken my son leaps and bounds. My son struggles with learning issues but Marilyn seems to connect with him using multiple strategies and activities. She keeps trying until she finds a meaningful way to help him to connect with the learning. He now looks forward to his tutoring sessions and has started to really see the pay offs in his classroom. Her former experience as a teacher and psychologist has made a world of difference as she understands my son from different perspectives and can anticipate where he may find challenges as a new learner. My son’s teacher has also noticed these huge gains since he started with a tutor in January. Marilyn is also very flexible, being able to change her time and location to best suit our family needs. We could have never imagined that our son would have benefited so much from Marilyn’s support and we hope that her dedication to her students can be recognized as she goes above and beyond every session to ensure our child and our family has success with whatever topic she is tackling with us.”

  • Tutor: Marilyn, Alberta Canada

“We decided to get a tutor for our Year 2 daughter because she had lost her confidence at school. We aren’t pushing parents and weren’t looking for academic brilliance – we wanted our daughter to feel happy and enjoy learning, reading and writing. She was getting caught in a catch 22 of losing confidence, not trying, falling behind and losing more confidence. Soizic spends an hour with her after school on a Friday – and my daughter adores her. She loves the games they play, the books they read and the writing they do together. Soizic has given her the attention and encouragement my daughter needed. She’s reading more fluently and enjoying books for her age group and new worlds opening up for her. Soizic arriving is always met with cheers from my daughter – she’s kind, patient, encouraging and imaginative tutor – we really lucked out getting matched with her.”

  • Tutor: Soizic, Cambridge, UK

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