Success Story: Eric Clark, Quincy Tutor Network

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Eric Clark, the Director of the Center for Academic Success at Eastern Nazarene College and also the founder and CEO of the Quincy Tutor Network in Quincy, Massachusetts knows from his personal experience that understanding your own learning abilities and challenges can help you achieve your best potential. Having officially diagnosed with ADHD at a later time in his life, made it more realistic for him to connect and share his story to students and individuals who also suffer the lack of concentration or focus when it comes to completing a task. As the Director of the Center for Academic Success and the CEO of his tutoring company in the South Shore, he is great at many things – however there was a time in his life when he felt it was tough to decline projects and led to some challenges in completing them because of his inability to concentrate. It was by understanding his own learning difficulties that has helped him become more focused and more engaged with his colleagues thus, making him the best of who is right now and passing this on to his students and his clients.

 

Eric, was also named as one of the 40s under 40 awardee by the South Shore STARS in 2011. You can learn more about his company at http://quincytutoring.com/  or email him for questions regarding his tutoring services at eric@quincytutoring.com

 

This is his inspiring story:

 

Alpha: Tell us the story of your company and why you started it?

Eric: The Quincy Tutor Network evolved from an idea that I had while teaching 8th grade math at Central Middle School in Quincy MA. Several of my 8th grade students were applying to private high schools, and they were paying exorbitant amounts of money for a 10 hour test prep class. My primary goal was to provide a high quality high school test prep class for about 10% of what the big companies were charging. With very little overhead, I was able to do this rather well and ran classes (high school test prep and SAT classes) for roughly 4 years.

With time, my career focus evolved, and I made a transition to high education. While working at Eastern Nazarene college, I developed my tutor network with the help of Lance Cummins from nectafy.com. Lance and I connected via Twitter and our business relationship has grown into a good friendship. We occasionally work together on social media projects.

Now that the tutor network is sustainable, my primary goal for 2013 is to identify the needs of my immediate community, and help the QTN to grow in a way that can best support my local community.

Alpha: Tell us about the biggest successes and failures in your business. What worked, what didn’t, and what did you learn?

Eric: My biggest success is leveraging social media to grow the business by making connections with larger businesses in the education space. These relationships allow me to asses the needs of the industry and partner with other organizations that are passionate about education.

My biggest failure is spreading myself too thin. Until recently, I had a difficult time saying no to new ideas/projects. In December I was diagnosed with ADHD, and the treatment plan that I started has helped me focus better than ever before.

Alpha: What do you want to achieve in your company or in what you do:
the next week:
Eric: Next week I would like to have 100+ students sign up for the SAT Habit, a free SAT diagnostic/prep tool (http://bit.ly/VvZAQg). I am working with Testive to research students using the platform, and would like to identify ways that the Quincy Tutor Network can help create a more robust test prep experience.

the next year:

Eric: I would like to have 1000 tutors join my free tutor network.

the next 10 years:
Eric: Over the next ten years I would like to develop a robust platform for tutors to communicate, research, publish, and lead the conversation on the best practices of tutoring. Another goal is to establish a community learning center that has a primary goal of fighting educational injustices, and making high quality supplemental instruction (tutoring) available to all students.

Alpha: What was your most inspiring moment doing what you do?

 

Eric: My most inspiring moment tends to repeat itself. I am most inspired when my students persist through the struggle, and truly understand the material we are working on. Helping a student achieve the goals they set is one of the most amazing experiences (the magnitude is third behind the birth of my children and my wedding day)

Alpha: If you were to tell us what are the most important skills that you need in order to be successful in life- what are they?

 

Eric: Organization, planning, and follow through. It is also important not to take on too many projects at one time. Just because you are good at many things does not mean that you need to do them all!

 

 

Alpha: How would you define Success?

 

Eric: John Wooden describes success best, and I think success is finding comfort in the fact that you gave your very best and did everything you could to achieve your goal. I also agree with Wooden when is said, “The journey is always better than the end”.

 

Alpha: What are your favorite things?

Eric:

Movie:

Beautiful Mind
Book: .

Into the Wild
Place on earth:
Northeast Kingdom of Vermont – The place of my childhood

 

Travel:
St, Thomas

 

Food:
Anything that has to do with maple syrup

 

Drink:
Moxie

 

Quote:

Do not go gentle into that good night – Dylan Thomas

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

 

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