Joel - Students of Inspiration Education

How Joel Turned Around His Educational Story

“Although Mattias only tutored Joel for English, Science and Maths, the skills he learnt and his increased confidence from tutoring flowed over into geography, PE and digital technology.”
– Deirdre, Mother of Joel, Year 12 Student, Wellington.

Joel started tutoring halfway through 2016.

“We wanted him to refocus and get some intrinsic motivation” Joel’s mother Deirdre says. He had set a goal of achieving excellence endorsement for NCEA level one. However, some hard internal assessments set Joel back and he became disillusioned and doubtful of his abilities.

Joel and his tutor Mattias hit it off immediately. Mattias is only several years older than Joel which meant that Mattias was able to act like more of a mentor. “Joel told me that Mattias made him want to learn”, Deirdre says.

Joel began to see the purpose of what he was learning. Instead of being forced to learn, Mattias gave Joel a newfound desire to learn. This change in attitude was vital for Joel’s success.

“Although Mattias only tutored Joel for English, Science and Maths, the skills he learnt and his increased confidence from tutoring flowed over into geography, PE and digital technology.” The increased confidence students gain from tutoring often have holistics impacts, instilling in confidence and passion in many aspects of students lives.

For Joel, the confidence he gained has helped him approach new situations. In January Joel attended the ‘Hands-On’ Health Sciences programme at Otago University. It was an opportunity Joel previously would have been apprehensive about. However, according to Deirdre, tutoring gave Joel the confidence to apply for the programme.

Since the start of High School Joel expressed an interest in pursuing a health-related career. However, in Year 10, after a poor year in Science, he was doubtful if he would be able to pursue his dream. Now, after Mattias has helped Joel re-engage with learning and renew his enthusiasm for Science, he is set on studying Health Sciences at Otago University.

Joel achieved his goal of excellence endorsed and his confidence has skyrocketed since beginning tutoring. Congratulations to both Joel and Mattias!

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