Dear Students and Parents,
One of my greatest passions in life is watching the light bulb turn on in another person’s mind after a great amount of trial and error. I see their eyes light up as they exclaim, “I finally get it, and it feels great!” The joy of learning is something that people of all ages and backgrounds should embrace throughout their lives.
In my nine years of experience as a teacher and a private tutor, I have spent thousands of hours helping hundreds of students achieve their academic goals. I got my start as a tutor while attending Harvey Mudd College (HMC) where I majored in mathematics and competed in track and cross country. I helped many local high school and college students in a wide variety of math and science classes. I also had the opportunity to work at Johns Hopkins University’s “Center for Talented Youth” program in which I taught cryptology to gifted middle school students from around the world.
After graduating from HMC in 2007 with a BS in mathematics, I moved to Salt Lake City to attend the University of Utah and begin my work toward a PhD in mathematics. For my research, I have been designing efficient numerical algorithms for solving differential equations that model the dynamics of blood clotting. Once I became settled here in Utah, I started taking my work as a tutor much more seriously. Since October of 2007, I have tutored an average of 3 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I have tutored students from the kindergarten level up through PhD candidates. The majority of my experience has been in working with high school and undergraduate college students in math and science. However, I have also tutored students in statistics, accounting, finance, economics, business, education, political science, health science, Spanish, communications, nursing, and engineering.
It is clear to me what an amazing difference a private tutor can make. It is so easy for students to become frustrated when their school work confuses them. After falling far enough behind, basic problems can seem impossible, and most students will feel inclined to give up. A good tutor can help rebuild a student’s confidence by showing them that, with the appropriate amount of knowledge and effort, they are capable of understanding and solving any problem.
Unfortunately, most students in the Greater Salt Lake Area do not have access to quality private tutoring due to the prohibitive costs. Companies in Utah typically charge $60 to $100 per hour for these services, a price that is completely unreasonable for most families. To save money, many choose to hire a freelance tutor for which the price is usually between $20 and $40 per hour. However, quality, safety, and reliability are never guaranteed. My vision for this company is to give Utah students and families the best of both worlds: the quality, dependability and resources that only a company can offer, at a price comparable to that of a good freelance tutor.
Creating the model for this company was not a trivial task, and I knew I could not do it alone. I spent several months reaching out to the best and brightest talent within our community to help me design the curriculum, policies, and philosophy of the company. We collaborated, debated, discussed, argued, worked, revised, and critiqued all summer long. Our greatest concern was to reduce overhead costs as much as possible while still maintaining top-quality service for our customers.
It has been amazing to watch our ideas come to life and improve over time. We have spent hundreds of hours building this company from the ground up, each of us offering our own unique insight and creativity. We have all gone to school in Utah, taught in Utah, and most of us grew up in Utah. We are not taking a franchise model and forcing it to work here, we are designing this company to match the needs of this community. We are developing a truly revolutionary approach to the learning industry here in Utah.
I want this company to make a difference in our community. Utah families already understand the importance of a good education and the positive effects of a private tutor. Now I want them to understand that tutoring is affordable and that our children are worth it!Respectfully,
Victor Camacho , President
High Performance Tutoring
66 Exchange Place, Suite 50
Salt Lake City, UT 84111