6 Tips for Hiring Exceptional Tutors

Recruiting and then retaining exceptional talent is foundational to an organization’s success. Large companies have the benefit of designated human resource departments which are often segmented into units such as sourcing, screening, on-boarding, and training. Small educational service firms have less infrastructure and rarely have a designated human resource department. Although small firms are less […]

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Are Tutors Employees or Independent Contractors?

This is the seventh year we’re writing this piece and our philosophy hasn’t changed:  the actual product of an educational service provider is the tutor or college planner–not the company’s methods, materials, nor brand name. Because the tutor ostensibly is the product, the human resource function is critical.  Better tutors generate referrals and our business is […]

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Nearly 40,000 people applied to Harvard this year — experts say it’s harder than ever to get into elite schools

(Business Insider) By Abby Jackson —  Harvard College received 39,494 applications for the Class of 2021.  That’s the most applications in the history of the school. The ever-increasing number of applicants at elite schools elicits the question of whether it’s more difficult to get into elite schools today than ever before. Former Ivy League admissions directors have […]

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Kaplan, TPR in trouble?

Kaplan and The Princeton Review recently posted 3Q Financials. Both companies report declines in their YTD Test Prep business segments (-4% and -15% respectively). While these declines may seem disconcerting to independent tutors and boutique tutoring firms, there are some important considerations to, well, consider: 2015 3Q results (the comparator) were likely artificially bolstered by the then news […]

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