5 Things Tuition Agencies Don’t Want You to Know!
5 Things Tuition Agencies Don’t Want You to Know:
Worried and contemplating which Tuition Agency to choose between the many that exists?
We all want the best Tutors for our Child.
Bad home tutors will decrease your Child’s ability to perform better in examinations; or worse, teach wrong concepts and methods, confusing your Child instead.
Here are some of the harmful/bad practices that some tuition agencies use:
1. Tutors are Not Qualified/Underqualified
Some agencies have no criteria/weak screening process to verify tutor’s credentials, in order to have an inflated tutor base number.
These “qualified” home tutors are unable to deliver quality home tuition – teaching wrong concepts, not up-to-date with the syllabus.
For VTTS, a rigorous selection criterion is set in place for potential tutors, based on:
– Academic Qualifications (Grades)
– Tutoring Experience
– Proven track record
Our requirement of tutors having a minimum of 80% for subjects they would like to teach is because we believe in setting an example for students.
Or have a good track record of producing students with remarkable results or taught many years in School/Coaching institutes.
Registered Tutors have verified credentials as we require submissions for academic result certificates, and
testimonials from past students – eliminating tutors with faked credentials.
However, for some tuition agencies, it is optional to submit their documents; who knows the next home tutor you will get!
2. Tutors are Not Competent
Some registered tutors in other home tuition agencies have great and verified credentials, but they may not be good at teaching.
Tuition agencies do not have any mechanism to filter out these “bad” tutors, hence the chances of your Child getting tuition from these tutors are higher. (See: 5 Types of Tutors to Avoid)
At VTTS, tutors are regularly graded by tutees by a 5-star points system after 1 month of tuition.
The 5-star points system is based on 5 criteria:
- subject knowledge,
- teaching methods,
- bonding with the student,
- student satisfaction,
- timings punctuality, and also
- an overall rating.
Tutors who consistently fail to obtain a minimum of 4 stars will be filtered out, hence we only provide the Best of the best for you. (See: How to Find the Best Home Tutor)
Quarterly reviews (Mar, June, Sept, Dec) are conducted on our tutors, to ensure they are capable of providing excellent tuition standards – reviewing comments on tutor’s performance, rating on the points system.
Unsuitable tutors are removed from our database.
3. Pushing for More Pricey Tutor
Tuition agents may recommend Reputed Tutors or School teachers, in order to milk more commission fees out of you. (See: Fee Structure)
We believe that only subject specialists are needed for students that are really struggling.
Otherwise, University graduates would be fine to help out with school work and revision.
4. Hidden Costs/Agent Fees
For some tuition agencies, their business models include charging hidden fees that are not explicitly stated.
For free services such as Change in Tutors, and Cancellation of Tuition, some agents penalize you.
At VTTS, we offer these Value-added Services for Free:
– Change of Tutor,
– Cancellation of tuition,
– Trial Class available,
– No Commitment Period,
– No Contract,
– No Agent/Hidden Fees
5. Intentionally send Tutors who cannot commit Long-term
Tuition agency sometimes may recommend a tutor who they know will not be available for the whole session.
They recommend him or her intentionally for you to earn more money.
As they already know he or she will discontinue after a certain period, they will get a chance to send another tutor and may earn commission again from the same student.
But these tutors are harmful than helpful for your child.
As they have already decided that they would not be committing Long-term, they have already lost the sense of responsibility for the child’s results.
Also, as they are only doing it for the money, they will only come for classes when they need the money, and cancel when they don’t.