What does it take to become the Most Valuable Tutor for two consecutive months? Let’s read on as Faye Corotan, our February and March MVT, talks about her dedication to always go the extra mile for her students.
Faye as a CBT
Q: How did you come to work at Envizion?
I saw a poster of Envizion at a job fair in my university years ago but I decided not to apply right away because I still had subjects to finish. On the last week of my On-The-Job Training, I went to Envizion and applied for the job. I got in and started training the next week.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Envizion?
To be honest, it’s the company of the people I am working with. Everyone is friendly towards each other and having that kind of work environment makes me feel comfortable and happy even if work gets tough sometimes.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
It’s when my students thank me for helping them with their learning. I’ve had students who took English Proficiency examinations and it makes my heart full when they would message me or tell me during our lessons that they passed or got a high score in the exams. It’s very rewarding to have worked hard alongside my students and receive their sincerest thanks for helping them achieve their goals.
Q: How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
My life right now is mostly about work. Haha! When I don’t have work, I stay at home and sleep or watch movies, but that’s only on the weekends. I don’t go out much mainly because I really want to rest. On weekdays, I work and that is totally fine with me.
Q: What advise do you have for someone just starting out in the company?
Don’t be afraid to take this opportunity. For some people, the job may seem difficult or scary but I’m pretty sure you will get over it soon. The best thing about working in this company is that you will not only gain friendships with your coworkers but also with your students. That makes it easier to do your responsibilities as a tutor.
Q: What do you try to take care of during your lessons?
I focus on the relationship between me and my students and their progress. I try to be as friendly, patient and understanding as I can be during the lessons because I know how hard it is to learn a foreign language. I want them to feel that I support them all the way and that their goal to improve their English skills is also my goal. To know that they trust me in teaching them is something that I am very much thankful for.
Q: How does it feel to be MVT for 2 consecutive months? What’s your secret?
I didn’t get to receive lots of awards and recognition back when I was a student because I was too lazy to study hard. But when I became the top tutor for 2 months, that’s when I realized how fulfilling it is to be recognized because of your hard work. My secret? I think it’s having faith and believing that all things will work out well in the end. And knowing how to speak even just basic Japanese can greatly help.
I want my students to feel that I support them all the way and that their goal to improve their English skills is also my goal.
Q: What is your personal motto?
“All I need today is a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus.” My faith is the most important thing for me. I don’t think I could survive everyday life without God beside me. And of course — a bit of coffee!
Q: How do you provide ‘More Than Tsada’ lessons to your students?
I go the extra mile. If they tell me something about themselves such as hobbies that I don’t know much about, I try my best to give a comment about what little I know of their hobbies so they would also feel that I am paying attention to what they say and not just because I asked them to introduce themselves. I also pay attention to their reactions when I ask them if they understood the lesson. If they say yes but with a little hesitation, then I would give them more examples until they will give me a confident Yes! I guess the longer you teach people, the more you feel passionate about doing it.
Faye on life
Q: What 3 adjectives best describe you?
First, I am friendly. I like making new friends but not in a weird way. I think it’s good to have people around you. It helps you see the brighter side of everything. Second, I am funny. I call myself the bisaya version of Alex Gonzaga. I really enjoy making people laugh. It brings me happiness, too. Lastly, I am faithful—to God and the people around me.
Q: What is weird about you?
I like the smell of hospitals. I grew up living just across one of the hospitals here in the city and when I was younger, I used to go inside the hospital when I was bored after coming home from school. The disinfectant smell reminds me of my crazy childhood days. I know. It’s 101% weird.
Q: Who/what are your inspirations?
I work hard for my family. My parents have been working hard all their lives to provide the needs of their children and I want to give back what they have done for me and my siblings by working hard to give them what they also deserve and make them proud of my achievements.
Q: Do you have any irrational fears?
I have a fear of heights. I don’t know why but it’s already there since childhood. But I actually try to overcome it by trying thrilling rides. I don’t want to miss out on the feeling of riding these awesome rides just because I’m afraid of heights or falling.
Q: Describe your ideal guy.
Definitely someone who has God in his life. That’s one important factor for me. Plus, someone who’s tall and who will still love me even if he may sometimes find my personality annoying. Also, a guy who is more mature me.
Q: Do you have any makeup secrets?
I don’t wear makeup. I only know how to put lipstick on and face powder and that’s it.
Q: If you had 1 superpower, what would it be?
Time Travel! I love history and I definitely would love to see all those people across the world whose names and stories were told in history books.
Q: What’s your favorite fast food chain?
Nothing can beat dear ol’ Jollibee. Bida ang saya!