What I learned as a teacher and peer-tutor

When I was a English teacher in Vietnam, I learned a lot of things about myself and my surroundings. I learned to work as a team, take criticism and treat everyone equally.

My boss and colleagues liked me and offered me a position if I wanted to return back to Vietnam teaching. It was a caring and rewarding experience as fellow Vietnamese people were looking out for me and now I was a teacher with experience.

I found the students in Vietnam were hungry for knowledge and wanted to explore the world. I was surprised how willing and hasty the dream to learn English and go to the West to study was. I also taught students in the countryside and was deeply moved about the students drive to move out of their hometowns to aspire for more.

When I peer-tutored for a college in Scarborough, my students came from all sorts of backgrounds. Some were Canadians, coloured people like myself, and most were older immigrants. I tutored Practical Nursing. I know what you are thinking. This is a tech site so why tutoring nursing? Let me explain.

Nursing taught me life skills. I learned to open my heart and mind to care enough to tutor others in healthcare knowledge and skills. I also taught how I study, my routines and my story to help them succeed. I became more than a tutor. Without this schooling and work experience, I would not grow to build this website to help others.