Sweet, funny, and determined to see her students progress, Ianna is definitely made up of all the qualities of a great tutor. In this feature, she talks more about her tips and tricks as Envizion’s Most Valuable Tutor for the month of September.
Ianna on being a CBT
I thought I was just carrying out a routine – teaching repetitively. But, as the year goes by, I realize I am doing something great, and that my students are already becoming part of what I wanted to do in the long run.
How did you find out about Envizion?
I found about Envizion through a college friend. She used to be a part-timer before and returned to the company right after our graduation so I immediately applied. Luckily, I got the job.
Has your definition of More than Tsada changed during the course of your stay here?
Definitely! Before, I thought I was just carrying out a routine – teaching repetitively. But, as the year goes by, I realize I am doing something great, and that my students are already becoming part of what I wanted to do in the long run. I find it enjoyable talking to them. Even the simplest gesture of asking how their day was made them appreciate me more as their tutor. Seeing their progress from the first class we had together makes me grateful as their tutor, too! I love seeing their growth. I guess this makes me better than I was before – I’m becoming more appreciative of their progress! Not to mention, they love my jokes, as well!
What advice would you give your younger self to become a great tutor?
You have to give your best in all the lessons that you will handle. Appreciate your students, be grateful, love your job and most importantly, be patient with their growth.
What’s the best thing about being in Envizion?
I am filled with gratitude because not only can I provide for the family, I also found a new environment, a welcoming home, and newfound friends (Karina, Yna, Chris, Aya, Cherry, Gladys, Glaidel and many more). To these ladies- I am really thankful for all the memories we have shared so far. Thank you and cheers to more years of togetherness!
Your number one tip to become a good CBT?
Always wear a smile when you’re conducting your lessons.I know switching and adjusting from one student to another is a difficult task but we need to remember that our students need us. As quoted in the movie Spiderman, “With great power comes great responsiblity,” we should be responsible for their progress as a student. We can all be Spiderman in our own ways, can’t we?
Ianna on life
What’s one thing you want to learn before the year ends?
I want to learn how to SING! Funny as it may sound but I really and honestly cannot sing. A lot of people always ask me out for a karaoke session but I always refuse because I feel like even I myself will throw up hearing my own voice.
Any funny Halloween experience?
When I was a kid, I asked my mother why other people light candles and pray by the tomb. She said it’s because they are already sleeping and want some peace. So when my father slept that night, I put some candles beside him and prayed for him. He got up and was startled with situation. So I explained what my mother told me. I always find myself bursting in laughter when I remember that.
If you weren’t a CBT now, what would you be doing?
I would probably be teaching in a university. Teaching will always be my passion.
Who is your inspiration?
My mother. I always appreciate her efforts and love. She’s the most selfless person that I know. She’s always been very understanding of my decisions. So to my Mama, thank you for always pushing me to be better than I was!
Who’s your favorite Halloween icon? Why?
Chuckie! I love its name.