Teaching a large group is rewarding in the energy and excitement that can come with a well-taught lesson, but one-on-one tutoring has an amazing ability to provide a platform for deeper lessons on the character development that comes from difficult work. Seeing the confidence that is built from a child realizing they suddenly understand a concept that they never thought they would grasp is the moment that drives me to tutor. The reoccurring struggle followed by success builds resilient adults and failure is just as important as success in the mentoring process. In high school my track coach gave me a piece of advice that I often find myself repeating to students: “Your weaknesses are your secret weapons. They are shortcuts to improvement.” I always try to use this as an inspiration with children to realize that all people have weaknesses and working on them rather than avoiding them is how to grow.