We had the good fortune of connecting with TutorScope and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi TutorScope, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Every time we hear a story about a parent whose household struggles we helped manage or who learned a new way of learning through their children because of us; every time we hear how much confidence a tutor has gained from tutoring and how much they’ve learned; and every time we see a student have a “lightbulb” moment when a concept finally makes sense to them, we know that we’re making a difference in the world. Today, there are still over 400 million students globally who go to school but still don’t reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. TutorScope has given us the chance to empower such students and the people around them through education, so the question for us isn’t whether or not to give up on them but rather how to connect with them even more. Every student that we can help to alleviate the education crisis–even a little bit–is a motivation for us to keep going.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When we first started operating a year ago, we faced a challenge that almost every organization does at the beginning: spreading the word about our services. Marketing through online platforms brought us our very first students and a 6-members team of tutors. Still, we weren’t able to reach out to many struggling students. Our vision to break socioeconomic barriers and offer equal access to education was faltering due to our limited reachability. However, with persistence and the support of many people around us, the last year brought stunning gifts to our organization that have given new wings to our mission. We have had over +1200 students registrations across the world, 30 new members in our team, +1200 hours of tutoring, over $10,000 donations, and media features in the Drew Barrymore Show, AP news, the Washington Post, and multiple other news outlets. When we look back at these achievements, we are encouraged to push our boundaries and refine ourselves even more. We humbly thank everyone who has helped us in our endeavors. We hope to continue growing as a community and offering free education to enthusiastic learners around the world.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of the most fascinating things about the North Dallas area is its diversity. If we just take food, for example, I can tell you that there is almost everything here, from local favorite Texas barbeques at Hard Eight BBQ to top-notch Chinese at Mah-Jong Chinese Kitchen (and an endless list of boba cafes). All of TutorScope’s board members come from diverse backgrounds, but one thing we do share, other than a passion for education, is our love for good food. Naturally, some of us spend our day-offs exploring the city in search of new restaurants. The diversity in this area does not end with food. Museums across the downtown Dallas area, like the famous Sixth Floor Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Dallas Museum of Arts, offer an opportunity to explore various fields of knowledge in an affordable yet very enjoyable way. If time allows, it would be nice to also hang out with friends at the amazing malls North Dallas holds. My favorites are Legacy West and historical downtown Plano, both of which show a different unique side of the town and hold numerous stores to visit.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
TutorScope would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the tutors on our team. They volunteer their time each week to offer free tutoring sessions to students in need, and their passion for teaching and helping their community is apparent in everything they do. Especially during quarantine, while tutors have not been able to meet with students face-to-face, they have still managed to connect deeply with our students, motivating them to continue on their learning journey. We also greatly appreciate everyone who has supported us in our endeavors, including our families, educators, and community members. They inspire us to keep doing what we do to make education more accessible to students across the world.

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