Disorganized company which fails to accomplish it's main purpose.
Pros: flexibility, the staff was friendly despite my qualms with the company itself
Cons: their program fails to assess students needs, a large number of upfront costs are not paid by the company itself, the staff was disorganized, the training from an educational company was poorly administered, disorganized departments usually didn't communicate well within their own company
If you want a job with flexibility, and just need a little bit of money, and don't care about the actual needs of the students, this job is for you.
This company was very disorganized and I don't blame the staff themselves. I believe the organization problems probably trickle down from the top seeing that I had problems with a variety of departments.
My main problem with this company is that money which is allocated for children to learn is not accomplishing it's goals.
Students were assessed with one timed test which failed to assess the student's underlying needs. Based upon one test, a student was given a learning plan. However, after working with students you begin to realize that their mathematical needs are not properly being addressed. Therefore, students may be either learning things which are below their level of understanding, or else too advanced.
As an individual tutor you are bound to their educational training program which I believe is the direct cause of the student's failure to make serious advancements.
I believe that in order to provide tutoring on a large scale, tutors must be taught to adhere to a system. It's unfortunate that the system is flawed and does not meet a student's individual needs. Anyone capable of teaching a student well, will see the flaws in their system.
I believe the company probably takes a large percentage of the money that is allocated to tutors and just hires out a bunch of independent contractors. What they do with the extra cash is set up a staff which is highly disorganized.
The staff wasn't able to educate the tutors very – more... well themselves. They relied on educating their contractors through a few packets of information. The paper packet was the instruction manual that you had to live by. Fortunately, I didn't mind the autonomy.
The company tells you to obtain a free credit report by signing up for a credit rating program such as freecreditreport.com . You'll have to quit their program so you will not be billed. The company can't even pay the small fee for a credit report.
You'll also have to go through all of the fingerprinting, and TB testing, that is required by school districts. This will initially set you back a bit of money.
After proving I was credit worthy they issued me a really small laptop to teach students with. They want this laptop to be returned to them when you are finished. I returned the laptop and unfortunately different departments were in conflict over whether they received it. Fortunately they were able to find the laptop in the computer maintenance department.
You'll be communicating with the company mostly through email. You rarely will see any face of this organization.
I assume at the top, is some person, that is just raking in the cash that is scraped off the top of these tutor fees that are being charged to the schools. My mother works for the county and they have to pay out upwards of $45 / hour for tutors.
I hope they are not charging schools anything close to that. If they are it's an incredible shame.
If you are educated enough, just find your own students to tutor them. It will be more rewarding all around. – less