Hello, my name is Todd and I am a 27-year-old entrepreneur that owns a nationally recognized tutoring company.
Now before I start I want to clarify one thing. I don’t think school is worthless. The fundamentals are very important. I just know the opportunity cost for the new age of education is greater.
Let me give you a little background on who I am before I dive into exactly what I mean.
I have never had a real job. In fact, my last time working for someone was when I was 18 years old as a valet driver in High school after my tutoring company I started when I was 16 was grossing 80K per year.
I earned over $85,000 in scholarships to college and graduated from Barrett Honors College at ASU, built Student-Tutor to help thousands of students nationwide and became a writer for The Huffington Post even though I suffer from dyslexia, have horrible grammar, and spelling.
***Hence this post has not been reviewed by my editor and may contain grammar and spelling errors!***
I also went on to travel the world visiting over 35 different countries along the way, rock climbed up 2000+ foot cliffs and learned how to slackline thousands of feet in the air.
Through the income I had generated I invested and remodeled 4 homes and then rented them out to college students at ASU.
And for the past year, I decided to have some fun and co-founded Desert Canvas hosting multiple 500+ person festivals (see video from last year by clicking here), interviewing popular DJ’s like Kygo and getting media credentials for festivals like EDC, including free helicopter rides, free hotels, and more!
It has been quite the roller coaster but in the end, I have created my own reality.
I live life on my own terms.
Not one of the above accomplishments was due to what I learned in school.
Wait! But school is supposed to get your ready for the real world right?
Yeah… that’s exactly what I thought and the exact reason why I started Student-Tutor.
To help skyrocket students grades and test scores in hope to spark brighter futures.
In the attempt to accomplish this mission I have researched THOUSANDS of hours on scholarships, college admittance, academics, and interviewed dozens of career counselors, principals, teachers, parents, and students.
I then took everything I learned, assembled a team, and we wrote over a hundred blog articles sharing the knowledge on the best math websites, apps, SAT/ACT prep strategies, college admittance tricks, scholarship strategies, and so much more!
And because of this we received hundreds of testimonials in how we have helped students get into x college with x scholarships or raise their grades from an F to an A.
Yet, what I am doing does not make me want to get out of bed in the morning.
Because I know we are not teaching students what they need to know to survive in this new digital age!
The Digital Age Is Fairly New…
5 years ago if you asked me what is best for your child I would tell to you get good grades, do well on the SAT/ACT, and get into a good college.
Now if you asked me what is best for your child? I would PARTIALLY LIE and tell you to get good grades, do well on the SAT/ACT, and get into a good college.
Then I would have one of our employees help you do exactly that. Afterward, you would pay me several hundred to thousands of dollars, thank us for making a transformational impact in your child’s life, and leave a 5-star review on our company.
So what would I tell you if I could tell you the truth?
I would tell you the world has changed. We live in the digital age and just like we are changing the ways we transport ourselves (Uber), watch movies (Netflix), keep in contact with friends (Facebook), do our errands (Amazon), we are also changing the way we educate ourselves (Google).
Like I stated earlier not one of the above accomplishments was due to what I learned in school. So where did I learn it then?
I asked my best friend! Google. 🙂
And Google taught me everything I needed to know.
It taught me how to network, talk to people, the correct way to portray myself on social media, have a voice and reach thousands of individuals worldwide. It pointed me to the experts in the specific industries I wanted to learn about. And they gave me practical step by step instructions on how to get results.
And so I applied what I learned and created an education blog with over 70,000 visitors per month from across the world.
This resulted in me getting a gig to write for the Huffington Post, featured on over a dozen different podcasts, being on the news several times, reaching financial freedom, and having new business opportunities almost every single day all by the age of 27!
And in one famous instance even winning a fully paid trip to China with a friend to help promote a company via social media for 30 days! (See recap of trip here)
So what should you do to ensure the success of your child?
Wake up! Realize things have changed and start to put some priority to the new way of education.
Yes, it is important for them to learn the fundamentals and I still encourage all students to get good grades, test scores, and go to college. (Don’t worry we will still be here for you if you need help!)
But I even further encourage students to learn about content marketing, digital marketing, networking, personal branding, blogging, podcasting, social media, coding/programming, organization, goal setting, and more!
Because one thing is for certain…
Students who adapt to the new digital age and the new way of education will be lightyears ahead of the ones that don’t.
Fun fact: Elite universities like Stanford have even started to take this into consideration.
Latest posts by Todd VanDuzer (see all)
- 10 Digital Age Apps You Should Download Now - February 12, 2017
- How Your High School Student Can Make $110,000 Per Year - January 13, 2017
- 5 Steps To Get Into Schools Like Stanford - January 4, 2017
- Everything You Are Learning in School is Worthless. - November 17, 2016
- The #1 Reason Your Student is Struggling in Math - October 12, 2016