Tutor Paul and I are relocating! Right now, we’re packing up our College Station apartment and getting ready for a move to Austin. We’re excited to start this new phase of our life together, and we’re looking forward to expanding our tutoring services into a new market.
While my in-person tutoring will be in Austin, I’ll be available for on-line tutoring with students in Bryan/College Station, as will Paul. Paul has set up a great system for on-line tutoring through Google Plus Hang-outs. We bought a digitizer tablet that functions like an electronic notebook—Paul can answer student questions and solve problems in real time on the tablet, and the student can see the whole thing as it’s being written. He set up two Google Plus accounts and uses two computers: one account shows his face and the other shows the digitizer. Finally, we bought a great microphone so that the sound quality is excellent. He let me observe a session with one of his on-line students, and I was delighted to see how well the system worked. It was a huge improvement from my makeshift Skype sessions!
Before I go, I want to address the question of why we’re moving to Austin. Truly, we have loved our time in College Station. Paul launched his career here, starting as an undergrad in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University. I found what I believe is my true calling: tutoring science students and creating tools and resources to help them learn. And of course, Paul and I found each other here, so I’ll always have a soft spot for College Station. This place was good to us, and I’m already thinking of many things that I will miss. We found great friends, great food, and good times to sustain us during the ups and downs of life. We’re moving to Austin to be closer to friends, to make long-distance travel easier (my family lives in Michigan), and to start a new adventure. We’re staying in Texas to be closer to Paul’s family. Above all, we want to be of service and give our gifts to the world. For us, one of those gifts is teaching. And for that reason, I’m grateful that our websites and the internet mean that we can reach students across the globe. We can help them reach their academic and professional goals. I can’t wait for the fall semester to start so we can start meeting new students.
Onward to Austin!