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If taking exams makes you sweat bullets, Tutor Doctor will make you confident to fight this beast.
It’s been three months that Garden City resident Ian Brojges brought a global one-on-one tutoring service called Tutor Doctor to Winnipeg, and he’s helping several students achieve academic success. Students of all ages and levels will be learning more from the comfort of their homes or their favourite library.
Brojges has been teaching for more than 15 years in schools in Toronto, Calgary, Jerusalem, and Winnipeg. Currently, he is working as a substitute teacher for Seven Oaks School Division and Pembina Trails School Division and recently became Tutor Doctor of Winnipeg’s educational consultant.
As part of the program’s start, Brojges meets with the family for a free one-hour consultation and assessment, then matches the student with one of his 16 tutors. During this meeting, he asks questions about the students’ personalities, concerns, and distractions to make a recommendation on how to proceed with the service.
Brojges said Tutor Doctor gives students the confidence to ask for help and students start to see the tutors as mentors.
"Once that barrier is broken, they have the confidence to achieve their academic goals," he added.
Tutors prepare to teach according to the students’ learning style using the materials they have, instead of having a pre-determined methodology, Brojges said.
"If you take the pedagogy, and you bring it into each situation, and you can change the pedagogy, and you use the material and content that they have, learning is natural," he explained.
Tutors range from university students to Ph.D. candidates, to MBA graduates, to assistant professors and teachers. They have access to the Manitoba curriculum to better meet the needs of the students.
"With the tutors, I wanted to make it like a community. We are not a school, but we can be a community of learners," Brojges said, adding they use the students’ learning materials to teach and may bring extra resources with them in some cases.
To add some extra support to the experience, tutors give students strategies to reach their goals, such as session reports and assignment checklists. They also communicate openly with the students’ parents, letting them know all things they went over with the student.
Tutor Doctor of Winnipeg serves the entire city and is available for students at all levels of education. For more information about Tutor Doctor of Winnipeg, email Brojges at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-599-9614.
Community journalist — The Times
Ligia Braidotti was the community journalist for The Times until 2019.