Brianna began working as a calculus tutor in fall 2012. Since then, she’s helped countless student reach their academic potential at UT.
“If you understand a subject, why not pass that knowledge on and help others understand it as well?”
What has been the most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Center?
The most rewarding part about working at the Sanger Learning Center is the sense of fulfillment you get from helping other students. If you understand a subject, why not pass that knowledge on and help others understand it as well?
I remember working with one particular student struggling to understand the material in his M408L course. I pride myself on phrasing things in different ways to see which one makes the most sense to the student so as we went over integrals during our first session, I showed him how I like to think about setting up my problems. Suddenly he had a lightbulb moment; it was like I saw the light in his eyes as everything just clicked into place. He thanked me at the end of the session for helping him make sense of the material and asked if we could keep having sessions together. He texted me after his first exam to let me know that he got a 100! Although he’s the one that did the work, it made me feel like I was part of his success.
What has been the most surprising or unexpected aspect of your job?
The first thing that surprised me about the job was how willing some students were to learn – they don’t want their tutor to just give them the answer because they genuinely want to understand the subject. Another thing that surprised me about my job was the accuracy with which the Sanger Learning Center helps meet any tutoring needs a student has. Sanger’s facilities are absolutely amazing and incredibly helpful!
What advice would you give to incoming students about being academically successful at UT?
Get a planner, use it to help with your time management, and don’t procrastinate. Being here already states your intelligence but now you have to put in the effort to prove it to everyone else.