What’s your motivation?

Posted on July 19th, 2018

What’s your inspiration? What motivates you?



What motivates us and acts as our inspiration will inevitably evolve over time as we evolve as an individual.

When I started tutoring my goal was nothing more than to leave the job I was in so I could put my degree into practice, stimulate my brain and most importantly for me at the time: spend more time with my children.

As the years have evolved and my own children have grown up and left home my inspiration has changed. I now want to become the best tutor that there is and help others become great tutors too.


Maybe it comes from a lack of confidence and a feeling I need to prove myself. Maybe it’s the opposite and I have a huge ego and that’s why I think I can help others to become great (I don’t think it’s that though…)


I left school with appalling A’ Level results. My excuse was my dad died just a couple of months after starting them. Instead of using that as a motivator to make him proud of me, I lost all motivation.

By the age of 22 I was married with 3 young children. I had also decided it was time to make something of myself.

I started with relatively small courses and as my confidence grew I started my degree in Childcare in Education. Although I wanted to make something of my life we couldn’t afford to drop down to just my husband’s wage whilst I went to university, so I studied through the OU. It also gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my children.

Over the coming years all the jobs I had were to compliment my degree, to help me support my children through their school education; learning about different learning styles and how we learn best. How to motivate and inspire them. I also learned a lot about dyslexia and worked with children in an autism residential base.

Although I was proud that I was now doing my degree I still encountered comments like: “I didn’t know you could do a degree in changing nappies”

I was also turned down from a job because they felt I didn’t have the confidence it would take to do it or to finish my degree.

This added to my motivation to prove them wrong, to prove I was worth more than the credit they were giving me.


I read, learned and implemented as much as I could but all the time my greatest enjoyment was spending time with the three kids.


When I started tutoring in 2012, I didn’t want to show myself up by failing, so I put my heart and soul into implementing everything I had done of the previous 12 years. If the business didn’t work I’d have to go back to being an employee and would spend less time with my children….


At 18 my son finished his A’ levels and decided to take a gap year to Australia.

It’s amazing how that suddenly makes you take stock of your life.

I had started the tutoring business so that I could spend more time with them, but in doing so I had built a reputation that meant I was working 7 days a week.

Instead of spending more time with them, I was spending less and now my oldest two had left home. One was on a plane to the other side of the world…


This is when I decided I would find others to work with me. There are only so many hours in a day and I couldn’t help everyone single handed. I was setting myself up for failure and limiting the number of people I could offer help to.


I still work 7 days a week, but now it’s because I enjoy it and feel I have the freedom of time to do so.


But my motivation has changed.

I no longer jump out of bed thinking what I can do to allow me to spend more time with the kids.

Now I wake up thinking what can I do to become the best tutor in the world? What can I do to help others become the best that they can be?

What motivates you?

How can I help as many people as possible?

What can I do to boost the confidence of others in maths and English?

How can I help others in becoming better tutors?


This is why we have started the Starr Tutoring Association.

My aim is to make it the best online platform for those wanting to become tutors.

Among other things there will be:

  • monthly training bundles
  • Access to experts in special needs and safeguarding children
  • A Facebook group where you can share thoughts, concerns, ideas with other like minded people.


Now my motivation is to be the best and if every day I become just 1% better, by the end of the year I will be a whole let better than I am today and by actively making that my target I will probably also be a whole lot better than most tutors who are just going with the flow.

If you don’t want to go with the flow and want to learn more about The Starr Tutoring Association, you can find out more by clicking here


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