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Monday Motivation - Ruth Blagrove

Private Tutor

Who is Ruth Blagrove?

One of the most frequent questions that I’m asked, who is Ruth Blagrove? Well, Ruth Blagrove is one of the simplest persons you will ever come across. When I say simple there’s no other way to put it. I’m a person of few words, love being in my natural state no make-up, no fancy hair-dos just plain jane. However, I have a weakness for dressing up.

I have a passion for three things: education, music and dance. These three things I hold dear to my heart. For as long as I can remember I always worked hard and tried my best at whatever life threw at me. In primary school, I had an issue with reading but with the help of attending reading school, I gradually progressed. From the time I entered secondary school, I made a promise to put my work as my 1st priority. That promise to myself was fulfilled, I looked forward to coming no lower than 3rd in class or reaching the goals I had set for myself each term went by. The numerous speech days I attended served as reminders that I was doing something right.

It was during the time spent at secondary school that I developed a love for maths and business subjects. I always knew from that time that I either wanted to be an accountant or a teacher. As life would go on, I still have a love for both careers but the love for teaching is taking over.

This brings me to the present day where I am the head tutor of my own business. What started out as me volunteering to work one summer during my final year at university profoundly changed my life. Little did I know that I would love tutoring children, and this would turn into my new reality.

What does your day-to-day entail?

Most of my day is dedicated to lesson planning. Whilst doing this, plenty of research is done as a result of the different issues each child is faced with. A wide range of books, videos and online articles are used to assist my students.

I ensure that each lesson is designed to match a specific topic that caters to a combination of a student’s weakness and their strength. Each session, this is done to assist and build confidence within the student. Continuous practice is required to retain and gain an understanding. I always say this to my students as reinforcement.

Types of Techniques Researched

  • Enunciation of letters that make up the alphabet

  • Practicing pronunciation of words

  • Various concentration techniques (e.g closing eyes and repeating the spelling of a word)

As it pertains to CSEC level I always encourage my students to practice continuously as subject areas like Maths and Accounts require you to do questions repeatedly.

With reference to my mother’s village shop, I have multiple roles such as:

  • Inventory Control

  • Cash flow

  • Basic accounting responsibilities

Tell us your most memorable achievement to date.

My most memorable achievement to date would have to be completing my Bsc. Accounting & Finance also when my first student successfully completed her exam.

Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

  • To stop procrastinating

  • Surround yourself with individuals who positively influence you in any way and contribute to you manifesting the dream that you have.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Always believe in yourself even if nobody else does. No matter how many times you fail, or fall, get back up and keep going; a little determination can go a far distance. Take the step to believe, I know there are constant reminders of how difficult it is to succeed but use that as motivation to work harder, dream bigger and get what you want. No dream is too big for you to manifest.


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