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Meet Jessica Landwersiek of Student Success with Jess

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Landwersiek.

Jessica, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was always good at math and while I was in college I would tutor friends and classmates. For many years I took students part-time, but it wasn’t until I had my son that I started thinking of ways to tutor from home. I began Student Success with Jess as a YouTube channel to upload videos of example problems from the subjects I tutor. From there I went to Instagram and Facebook and finally built my website. I continue to upload regular videos and I also do a free live SAT Math class every Wednesday at 9:45pm. I see my students in the evenings using Skype and Ziteboard, an online collaborative whiteboard.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think some of my biggest struggles stem from exposure and the apprehension some may have of working online with someone they’ve never met. I try to be very involved in my social media pages so that people can see that I am there and available. I also like sharing videos and doing my live SAT class because they show that I am an actual person, doing what I say I do. When I meet with a new student I always schedule a free 10-15 minute session at some point before the initial lesson to troubleshoot any technical issues and to meet me and ask questions. I want people to feel very comfortable working with me.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Student Success with Jess – what should we know?
My business is a fully online Math tutoring service. I tutor high school and college courses ranging from Algebra to Calculus and everything in between. I also tutor SAT, ACT, and GED Math. I do the tutoring myself, but have other tutors I work with both online and in person in Miami that cover other subjects and/or hours I do not work. To connect with my students I use Skype and Ziteboard. Skype is great because the screen sharing feature makes it so easy to see exactly what my students are working with. Ziteboard is and awesome online whiteboard where we write together. You can also drag and drop files and pictures right onto the board. One of the greatest features of Ziteboard is that my students’ boards are always saved for them. As long as they have their link, they have all of our notes whenever they need them. I am most proud of the ease of which I connect with my students. My students never feel that they are sacrificing anything by choosing to work online rather than in person. I believe what sets me apart from others is the importance I put on making people feel comfortable. I believe that social skills are sometimes lacking in the education industry and tutors/teachers can come across as aloof or arrogant. Connecting with people is really what lets you break through to them and help them get the most out of what you are teaching.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Persistence. I started Student Success with Jess this summer and I did not get a whole lot of response. I was little by little getting some followers on social media, but I was getting no bites on new students. During the summer most students are off so I expected a little of that, but I kept posting, making videos. and I was religiously on Facebook live for my live classes. I felt that stability and continued effort was going to be what was going to keep me in peoples minds for when the time came that they would need help. I now have a relatively full schedule.

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