Published on November 22nd, 2019 | by Brandon H0
Teaching children is an incredibly difficult job. Many teachers face social struggles throughout their years in the industry. Students become more challenging to teach as the years go on. There are more distractions available to them now than there ever was before. Dozens of teachers give up every year and seek new careers because of this. Fortunately, there is a champion in the industry that has been helping children for some time now.
Brian Cotter is the founder of Brian Cotter Tutoring. He teaches children every a variety of subjects every day and coaches them on valuable life skills. While many teachers simply teach from a textbook, Brian speaks from the heart when it comes to his lesson plans. He is always finding new ways to implement interesting content into his lesson plans. He understands that children need to find new ways to keep themselves engaged in our distraction-filled world. Fortunately, his efforts have paid off tremendously. Brian has found massive success with his teaching modules that has a more hands-on approach to learning.
Brian is no stranger to the hardships that teenagers face when growing up. He underwent extreme bullying in school and failed many of his classes because of an unstable household. He is now making a difference in the world by providing a positive place where children can grow academically and personally. Brian is here today to provide us with some insight into his successful approach to tutoring. We hope that we can learn something valuable from his methods and grow as professionals from it.
What do you do in your spare time?
One of my favorite things that I like to do whenever I’m free is read. Taking my favorite books and having a long read is one of the best ways to unwind. I find that reading a story about a fictional character helps me step outside of the box and evaluate my situation better. I will always find that I do not have it as bad as I think I do when compared to the protagonist of the story.
I recommend that all of my students read as often as they can. It helps them expand their imaginations and find creative ways to problem-solve. A good book will help you overcome most of the problems that you are facing in life [laughs]. At least it has for me.
What is your favorite film?
One of my favorite movies of all time is actually Fight Club. Many people do not take me for an action movie enthusiast [laughs]. However, this movie helped me see life from a different perspective. The movie shows us that there are so many societal expectations placed on us that restrict us of most of our freedoms. However, the protagonist finds ways to overcome these problems by working with a crew of people in a fight club. While I do not commend underground fighting rings, the group helps people overcome their fears by doing things that would normally scare them.
I think that this is a fantastic therapy technique that more people need to practice in their lives. I don’t recommend that you go into the streets and randomly pick fights as they did in the movie [laughs]. However, there is a lot of merit to what they do in this movie and how it can help you overcome your fears.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
One of the best pieces of advice that I’ve ever received in my life was to be myself. You know yourself better than anyone else does. Everyone around you will tell you how to feel and act. Unfortunately, they do not know what is best for you. Our instincts know what is right and what is wrong for us. We subconsciously reject things that do not benefit us.
I struggled for a very long time to be myself. I would always find excuses to teach things a certain way that was expected of me. Unfortunately, this stunted my growth as a teacher. It would be a long time until I would wake up one day and decide enough was enough. I wanted to teach the way that I wanted to and do it the way I wanted to after getting this advice from someone important. That single piece of advice would help me become the person I was always meant to be.
What is your favorite thing about working in your industry?
I love the ability to help children become better versions of themselves through my teaching methods. It is very validating to see my students go from struggling to flourishing in their studies.
What is one piece of advice that you can share with others?
Always stick to your guns. You may be tempted to bend over for someone else. However, you’ll end up paying for it in the end if you do.