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Tutor Doctor Vancouver Island

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

Thinking with the End in Mind – Keep Goals in Sight

This blog post provides a great summary of a chapter from our recently published book, Academic Success Formula: How ordinary students get extraordinary results. The chapter was written by Ashley Mulcahy, a Tutor Doctor franchisee out of Orange Count…

How to Protect Your Child on Social Media

As we’ve touched on in previous blogs, social media can be a great way to stay connected with others, keep up to date with current events, and even aid the learning process! As technology continues to advance, we find social media playing a lar…

The Benefits of Becoming a Tutor with Tutor Doctor

As a Tutor Doctor tutor, you can realize many benefits that come with answering the global need for private tutoring services, estimated to be $228 billion (USD) by 2022. And, you’ll join the many Tutor Doctor tutors already working with our 300+ local offices in 16 countries to help change the trajectory of student’s lives.

Let’s look at how impactful you can be, not only to others, but to yourself.

Make a difference in a student’s life. Tutor Doctor tutors help students overcome the educational challenges that can stall their progress, whether it’s getting into their “dream” college or just taking their proficiency up a notch… or two or three. You and your student will delight when “the light comes on,” the “aha” moment occurs, and you’re both feeling it.

“I like that fact that tutoring makes a difference! Not only in the student’s life but in the life of the family as well! It gives the student/family a break from the overall stress that homework can cause in the home when the parents are unable to help their own children. I like the fact that a student can ask questions they may not be able to ask while in school. It gives them a great feeling of worth! Making a difference counts!
J. Somlai, Tutor Doctor tutor

Advance your career development.For the tutor, tutoring is both a teaching and a learning experience. Not only will you educate others, you’ll reinforce what you already know through repetition, and build upon your foundation. University student tutors, especially, can expand their expertise as they teach. As legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

Do what you do best.Different than many tutors practicing independently, Tutor Doctor tutors are relieved of the prospecting, screening and administrative duties that can turn a one-hour session into a multi-hour endeavor. That’s handled by the local Tutor Doctor office, so that you can focus on what’s important… helping your student.

Cultivate your inner teacher. Whether you’re a career educator or someone who knows you’ve got something special to offer, your experiences can help others. Perhaps you wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but the world led you elsewhere. If you’re skilled and a great communicator, tutoring can scratch that long-ago itch, and share a passion that’s never quite left you. Our Tutor Doctor tutors – especially college graduates and retirees – enjoy engaging with students and families, and giving back to their communities.

“Tutor Doctor helps me use my skills and experiences as a new young teacher to further promote learning in young students. By connecting me to students in need I am able to build relationships, encourage confidence and support students as they develop the skills needed to be successful.”
L. Edie, Tutor Doctor tutor

Increase your income. Tutoring efficiently boosts your income by using legacy skills, with little re-training required. Even 5-10 hours a month – with little or no incremental expense like a wardrobe or equipment – can deliver spending money for a special night out or a well-earned vacation.

Call your own shots.By collaborating with your local office, you’ll set the hours you’re available to tutor. This is especially helpful if you’re working around family, job or travel commitments. The flexibility inherent with being a Tutor Doctor tutor impacts not only when you tutor, but how you tutor, since in-home and online options are available.

“The convenience of choosing your own hours to work really makes Tutor Doctor the ideal job for students and others with more inflexible schedules.”
I. Nicolas, Tutor Doctor tutor

As a Tutor Doctor tutor, you’ll help others, yourself and your community – and heck, maybe even mankind – as you benefit beyond the paycheck.

5 Tips to Help Teens Cope with Stress

Stress. It’s that unwanted anxiety resulting from worry about issues we often can’t control.

Stress is common in teenagers, who can be consumed by school, grades and managing relationships.  It’s a collision of sorts – like mental pinball – so much so that stress is regularly palpable in homes, classrooms, or wherever youths gather.

Since stress can be a lifelong challenge, teenage years are an ideal time to develop coping skills and learn to focus on what matters most. Several accessible activities can help teens mitigate their stress.

Reduce Screen Time

Smartphones are ubiquitous, with teens among the biggest consumers. Though well documented by Pew Research and the National Institutes of Health, usage numbers are quickly outdated and are only increasing. Stress may be proportionate to screen time, and a January 2018 article at msn.com speaks to smart-device addiction. Influential investors are urging device manufacturers to “develop new, easier-to-use tools to help parents limit phone use and to study the effect of overuse on mental health.”  Simultaneous use of many apps and programs heighten FOMO – the fear of missing out – compounding stress levels. Accordingly, reducing screen time can be a single stroke against multiple stress drivers.


Volunteering pays multiple dividends including separation from stress-inducing activities, validating an interest  and promoting community involvement. Through volunteerism, teens enhance their collaboration skills while helping a cause. Different from a part-time job that may require mandatory hours and integration with school and activity schedules, volunteer gigs have fewer scheduling demands and even “walk-away” hours. Volunteer opportunities are generally found through schools, places of worship or online.

Learn a New Skill

Teen years are an excellent time to discover how things work, break and can be repaired. Vocational and technical skills are not only valuable, but timeless. Knowing how to repair plumbing, lay tile, wire electricity or cook a meal are lifelong skills that can cultivate a new career or entrepreneurial interest. Serving as a craftsman’s apprentice is highly educational, teaches responsibility and provides a sense of accomplishment.


In contrast to stressing about many issues at once, physical activity fosters a focused level of concentration while delivering cardiovascular and conditioning benefits. Weightlifting, circuit training and cycling classes set to music are excellent alternatives to stress-inducing, competition-based activities. Yoga combines movement with relaxation, and meditation can be a single-source solution. Regardless of age, the ability to clear the mind in order to approach or solve problems with a fresh perspective is invaluable.


Reading for pleasure, adventure or instruction helps keep minds sharp and focused. Although digital devices are convenient, their easy access to social media and news sites can be distracting and stressful. Reading books has tactile benefits, can be less harmful to the eyes, and can be either an escape or the means to develop self-education skills.

These are but a few of the readily available tools to help your teen cope with stress.

Sugar Awareness Week: The Effects of Too Much Sugar on Children’s Learning

Believe it or not, sugar doesn’t actually cause children to become hyperactive. That’s right! Although this myth has been closely held by many for a long time, it was proven without a doubt in a 1994 study that sugar has no effect on chil…

Academic Success Formula: How Extraordinary Students Get Results

Chapter 2.1: Envisioning an ‘A’ Student: Developing a Growth Mindset

When a student is struggling in school, there is usually more to the issue than just academic abilities. Nearly every parent tells us that they know deep down something could be done to make school easier or more approachable for their student, but we often end up focusing too much on grades. At Tutor Doctor, we don’t believe “fixing” grades should be the true goal of tutoring. Although important, merely addressing grades is only a temporary solution. We believe that helping a student to develop their own positive strategies and attitudes towards education is essential to the learning process – and ultimately what leads to their own personal fulfillment.

Every student is truly unique, and there is no blanket solution that works for everyone. Grades are merely a reflection of the student’s academic habits, and no two students are exactly alike.

At eight-years-old, Emma was a well-liked student in her school, but often received average grades because of her tendency to be quiet in class. Emma was very social when it came to her hobbies and her friends, but lacked the confidence to participate in the classroom. When we gave Emma a math assessment, she completed 80% of it perfectly. The remaining problems were simply left blank – a classic example of how Emma, like many students, would “close up” when approached with concepts she didn’t understand. After working with Emma intently, she soon became engaged in the material, and was able to approach these problems with critical thinking and confidence. The issue holding Emma back was not her academic strengths, but rather her mindset when it came to effective learning. At Tutor Doctor, our goal is to help students develop a “Growth Mindset” – a more engaged and motivated attitude towards learning in general, even when challenged.

Carol Dweck, a Stanford psychologist, performed a detailed study to examine how a student’s mindset affects their overall performance in school. With thousands of students participating in the study, Dweck was able to divide them into two groups, one of which received brief training on the “Growth Mindset.” The results were staggering.

Here are some of the widely disproved beliefs held by the “Fixed Mindset” students:

  • You’re either “smart” or you’re not
  • Some people are just “good” at math (i.e. the “math gene”)
  • Some people can do it, and some people just can’t
  • If you get something wrong, you’re probably just not that clever

As a contrast, the “Growth Mindset” group of students had a much more positive attitude towards learning and education in general:

  • Everybody can learn if they put in the effort
  • The learning process requires us to try new things
  • Making mistakes along the way is an integral part of this process

Positively encouraging students to challenge themselves is more crucial to the learning process than fixing a low grade in a specific subject. Students need to be encouraged to make mistakes! We actually learn more when we make mistakes because they require us to examine our work to find where the error occurred. This has been proven scientifically as well – Dweck’s research from MRI scans shows that every time a student makes a mistake in school, a new brain synapse is formed. This is what the Growth Mindset is all about – accepting that concepts that challenge us are a good thing, and through perseverance and application, we CAN do it!

We have had countless students that, right off the bat, we know they will not benefit from conventional approaches to teaching. Until the student’s habitual response to learning, growing, and making mistakes has changed, the process will continue to get harder (and ultimately, the problem will worsen). Whether it’s a fixed mindset, fear, stress, or lack of interest – students have many different reasons for struggling in school. At Tutor Doctor, we believe there is more than the ‘A’ grade. Success and achievement can only come from a positive attitude towards learning, and we believe everyone has the potential inside them, just waiting to come out. Our brains are designed to grow and learn, and when we set our mind to something, there is no limit to what we can achieve!

Find out more about our book HERE.

Welcome the New Year with Tutor Doctor’s Goal Setting Tips

Are you planning to make a new year’s resolution? We suggest setting a new year’s goal instead! When you set a goal, you have a definite end result in mind that you are working towards. Some goals may be harder to reach than others. Whate…

Family Activities During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are around the corner, and it will soon be a new year! Although it can be tempting to spend vacations sleeping in every day, you might want to try some of these cool family activities to keep you (and …

The Best Way to Balance Study and Fun Over the Holidays

This time of year, many of our students will find themselves on a well-deserved break from school! Everyone should try to take a breather during the holiday season, but it can be hard to get “back into gear” when vacation is over. Most te…

Great apps to help your children learn to code

Coding, the art of writing in computer language, is essentially the backbone of all technology today. From the apps on your cell phone to the headlights in your car, everything is designed and controlled by programming code. Considering that technolo…

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