We had the good fortune of connecting with Lola Objois and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lola, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from the south of France, a country with vigorous academic standards. My paternal grandparents were both high school teachers, and education was always a priority in our family. They had high expectations for all their grandchildren, expectations I fell short of. High school was not easy for me. I struggled to navigate school and homework, friends, and parties. I suffered from anxiety, and probably a little ADHD. I would fight with my parents about why – why on earth – was I required to take classes I wasn’t interested in. How was I supposed to be motivated to do well in these courses? It was a nightmare – for all involved. As a college student, I did a little better. I had an amazing physics professor during my freshman year who help me connect with my learning. I did well in my engineering courses and became a tutor and instructor. Being a student myself at the time, I understood the struggle of learning. I watched the disconnected manner in which my professors introduced new material and I craved better instruction. There had to be a better way, right? I wanted to be better for my students; I wanted to relate to them and guide them, step by step, so that they would succeed as I had. As a young adult, I fell in love with tutoring, and later teaching, and worked to find the best way to support my students. I didn’t want to simply tutor them in math and physics, I wanted to mentor them through the storm that is high school. This is why I started Spark Tutors. I wanted to create a unique tutoring service whose mission is to make high school easier for both students and parents. Spark Tutors, this business I’ve created, is the logical conclusion to my background; I was destined to built it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Spark Tutors, we know how challenging school can be, for both parents and students. Our mission is to provide the supportive environment and tools your child will need to succeed in high school and college. Of course, we provide academic support; we ensure your child masters challenging material and is prepared for upcoming tests. But Spark Tutors also provide academic coaching to foster the confidence, resilience, organizational skills, and study habits that are vital to becoming independent, well-rounded learners.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite activities around the city including strolling in Balboa Park, having some oyster and a glass of white wine at Ironside, watching the sunset from Sunset Cliffs, watching penguins at the zoo, roller blading down the Missing Beach boardwalk, eating tacos in Ocean Beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a shoutout to the Diversity Center at The University of Massachusetts. They gave me my first job as a tutor, which really started this whole thing. I was able to work with dozens of students every semester , which ignited my passion for teaching.