Teaching Strategies for Success in School and Beyond

Kristen Pizzo
Jun 5, 2019 · 4 min read

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Kelsey Komorowski studied political science in undergrad and went on to receive a master’s in Global Affairs with the intention of pursuing a career in the government sector. She went all in, taking an internship at the Canadian Embassy in Cuba and conducting research at NATO headquarters, only to get into her “dream” field and realize she hated it. During her time in the government, she started tutoring on the side and eventually founded Komo Consulting, a revolutionary education consulting company that not only equips students with study strategies but also transferable life skills.

At what point did you decide to pursue your tutoring/consulting business full-time?

What skills from your college education and/or former career, if any, do you use now when managing your business?

The main skills that enabled me to succeed in school, at work and that I use every day managing my business are critical thinking, communication, and time management. These have become so “buzzwordy” that I think they’ve lost meaning to a lot of people, but when you know what these skills actually look like in practice, in your day-to-day life, it makes a world of difference.

I also traveled extensively throughout school up through my Master’s, which is arguably the best way of developing adaptability, resourcefulness, problem-solving, empathy and curiosity (all essential for running a business, or at least the kind of business I want to run).

Do you ever feel like you “wasted” your education?

Sidebar: “waste” and “education” to me are oxymorons.

What advice do you have for others looking to make a major career change?

2. It will be hard, but staying in a career you know isn’t right for you will be much harder. Promise.

Do you think it is the responsibility of the traditional education system to teach practical skills?

Some schools point out that they have “study skills” or “learning strategies” classes, but this doesn’t do it — skills can’t be “taught” siloed out from the contexts in which they’re meant to be applied. Skill-building has to be integrated into each class and explicitly embedded in the student journey but generally, this isn’t the case (this is one of the main gaps we bridge).

I wrote a post (here) on how critical thinking skills lead to more positive life outcomes but aren’t being taught. Here’s a snippet:

“Unlike intelligence, which is largely genetic, critical thinking can be taught. And yet “only 5% of of the K-12 schools in the United States teach critical thinking.”

Do you work with kids to develop strategies for excelling in a career even if they don’t plan on completing a four-year degree?

Our favorite nugget of career wisdom:

Focus on what you want and know that you can make it happen. It’s really easy to go down the rabbit hole of fear and doubt, but the truth is we get to create our realities. We get results where we focus our energy, so choose yourself and the reality you want, enthusiastically and unapologetically, over everything else (fear, doubt, insecurity, naysayers, etc.).

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Kristen Pizzo

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mental health | relationships | social justice. freelance writer 4 hire: www.chameleonwriting.biz |

Vienna

Vienna

A lifestyle publication for those who refuse to settle. Meet the side hustlers, full-time hustlers, lawyers-turned-bakers & everyone in between, and get the inspiration you need for even the most unconventional career journey. No college degree necessary.

Kristen Pizzo

Written by

mental health | relationships | social justice. freelance writer 4 hire: www.chameleonwriting.biz |

Vienna

Vienna

A lifestyle publication for those who refuse to settle. Meet the side hustlers, full-time hustlers, lawyers-turned-bakers & everyone in between, and get the inspiration you need for even the most unconventional career journey. No college degree necessary.

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