Business owner Misty Owens gives a big smile and wave from the Tutor Doctor mobile.
(Photo by Eric Benbrooks)
By Eric W. Benbrooks
Tutor Doctor is a new business designed to help East Texas students achieve in the classroom.
The owners are also familiar faces in the community.
Tim and Misty Owens, from Garrison and Central Heights respectively, are determined that all students are afforded the opportunity to succeed.
After flirting with several entrepreneur ventures, the Owens found the Tutor Doctor franchise fit their personal values of building a strong community while training the leaders of tomorrow.
Additionally, the couple believed with a large number of students from area school districts and from Stephen F. Austin State University, the Nacogdoches market was large enough to support a professional education venture.
Tutor Doctor was founded in 2001 by Dr. John Hooi with the vision to help build the foundation of educational and executive skills for students in a one-on-one environment. By developing new organizational skills and better study habits, students find greater success, in contrast to a system where teachers simply helping a student from assignment to assignment.
“Our goal is to increase a student’s letter grade for the course, not just helping with homework,” said Tim. “We want to give the student the tools to turn Cs in to Bs and As.”
Tutor Doctor emphasizes one-on-one at home tutoring. Some assisted-learning companies put clients right back into another classroom with several other students.
“With one-on-one at home tutoring, we give our professionally-trained tutors the opportunity to use the teaching styles they are most accustomed to,” said Misty. “Tutoring is also set to the student’s schedule rather than forcing the student to rearrange a daily routine.”
Tim and Misty hire tutors from a variety of backgrounds that range from college professors and high school teachers to SFA students. Subject qualifications are based off the tutor’s resume and experience. Once a background check has been completed, a tutor is assigned to a student based on the specific needs of the student. Parents meet with the tutor and report back after every session with a description of the tutoring session and what improvements they feel should be made.
Tutor Doctor services are open to anyone looking to better themselves academically. Tim and Misty have set up tutoring sessions from elementary to college age students, and even a 96-year-old man that needed help learning how to use his computer.
“The gentleman had his old computer break on him, so he purchased a new one,” Tim said. “The computer he had been using was still operating with a floppy disk. The new computer was setup with Windows 8 and left the man very confused, so we helped him out and sent a tutor over to get him situated.”
Clients have sent letters of gratitude for helping their students improve in the classroom.
Alba and Hector of Nacogdoches wrote, “My son's experience with the tutor was invaluable and rewarding. James, my son's tutor, was friendly, punctual and professional. My son was well prepared for his course work, and he completed his assignments on time.”
For more information about Tutor Doctor, contact the Owens at 936-560-HELP or visit their office at 1329 N. University Dr., Ste. D5, Nacogdoches, TX 75961.
Eric Benbrooks is from Joshua, Tex. and a Geography major, graduating from SFASU.