Episode 8 | Hubert D’Mello | Skoolbx

13th Feb 2023
1hr 54mins
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The Power of High-Quality Supplementary Education

Education is no longer limited to the traditional classroom setting. With the rise of technology, students can now access high-quality supplementary education from the comfort of their own homes. This is where Hubert D'Mello comes in. As the education head and co-founder of Skoolbx, Hubert is on a mission to provide affordable and effective tutoring to students all over the world.

Hubert's journey towards entrepreneurship began when he was working as a software engineer. He was part of a project that involved creating tests for a company, and during the course of the project, he encountered a customer from the USA who was looking for teachers. This is how Hubert's teaching career began. He started tutoring part-time while still working as a software engineer, and eventually co-founded Skoolbx with a partner.

Spotting an Opportunity in the Workspace

Hubert saw an opportunity to provide high-quality supplementary education while working as a software engineer and part-time tutor. "With all due respect, I mean, I had no problems at work. People were great. Right. Everything was good. But, for me on a personal level, I felt that I was not really going anywhere. You know, with working, uh, I felt that I could contribute more or do more with my life. Uh, right. Doing other things and teaching actually was fantastic cause I was interacting with people, young people, others involved in this particular field," he says.

Balancing Quality and Affordability

One of the biggest challenges Hubert has faced with Skoolbx is finding the right balance between quality and affordability. "We want to provide high-quality tutoring at an affordable price, but we also need to make sure that we're profitable," Hubert explains. "It's a delicate balance that requires constant monitoring and tweaking."

Adapting to the Ever-Changing Technological Landscape

Technology is constantly evolving, and Hubert believes that it will play an even bigger role in the future of education. He sees a world where online tutoring is more mainstream, and students have access to a wider range of educational resources than ever before. "I think technology is going to play a huge role in the future, and we need to adapt to it," he says. However, Hubert also emphasizes the importance of personalized teaching and individual attention. While technology is a great tool, it can never replace the human touch. "Students need personalized attention and guidance in order to truly excel in their studies," he says.

The Importance of Personalized Teaching

While technology is a great tool for education, Hubert emphasizes the importance of personalized teaching and individual attention. "Students need personalized attention and guidance in order to truly excel in their studies," he says. This is why Skoolbx focuses on providing one-on-one tutoring to its students.

The Skills Needed for Successful Teaching

Hubert believes that there are three main skills needed for successful teaching. The first is subject knowledge, which is a given for any teacher. The second is patience, as not all students learn at the same pace and some may take longer to grasp certain concepts. The third is honesty, as sometimes students may ask questions that the teacher may not know the answer to, and it is important to be honest about it.
Hubert also emphasized the importance of building rapport with students and being committed to their success. "It's not just about coming in and talking about the subject, it's about how you interact, your comfortness with the child and stuff like that. That is also very important," he says.

The Impact of High-Quality Supplementary Education

Hubert has seen firsthand the positive effects that high-quality supplementary education can have on students from all over the world. "I think education is a great equalizer, and it's something that everyone should have access to," he says. By providing affordable and effective tutoring, SkoolBx is helping to bridge the gap between traditional classroom learning and the modern world of technology.

Lessons from Hubert's Experience

Hubert's experience in the testing business taught him the importance of timing and financial management. He also learned the importance of risk mitigation, as unexpected delays in payments from customers affected the company's ability to pay its content creators. "That was something that I did not foresee. Later on, of course, we changed a few things around saying that we do the work in four phases and every phase you have to pay us about 25%. So, I think that, uh, that risk mitigation helped a lot and customers were also okay with it," he says.
Hubert also emphasized the importance of having trustworthy advisors in business. "That's a very important part of business that you have as many trustworthy people. You can't listen to everybody also, but few trustworthy people. I think you have to talk to them and also use them as a sounding board every now and then, but you should have the conviction to go. I think that's very important."

The Importance of Patience and Reputation

During the conversation on the Knowledge Entrepreneur Show, Hubert shared his experience of dealing with customers who were not paying on time. He emphasized the importance of being rational and reasonable with customers while keeping reminders regular to collect the payments. Hubert also highlighted the importance of patience in such situations as losing customers and money is not the solution. He added that business communities are usually small and closed, and word gets around quickly about unstable businesses, which hampers business coming from other sides as well. Therefore, it is crucial to be cautious about such situations and build a reputation over time.

The Importance of Honesty and Realistic Goals

Hubert believes that honesty and setting realistic goals are key to successful teaching. "You have to be honest and say, I don't know. I will let you know in the next class. I'm not sure. I don't know the answer to this. I'm sorry. I'll let you know next class," he says. It is also important to be honest with the child about their progress and set realistic goals for them to achieve. As we move forward, Hubert's vision aligns with the ever-evolving technological landscape. He envisions a future where online tutoring becomes mainstream and students have access to a diverse array of educational resources.

Hubert D'Mello's remarkable journey in the field of high-quality supplementary education serves as an inspiration. Through Sc, he continues to make a profound impact, empowering students and transforming education to create a more inclusive and promising future for learners worldwide.

Compiled by
Pooja Gajraj
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