Retaining your companies top performing tutors seems like a common-sense practice, but it may not be as effortless or automatic as you may think. While compensation plays an important role, typically it’s your company’s culture and the effort of management that encourages tutors to stay with a company for the long haul.

Tutor retention relies on an overarching stable and healthy workplace culture that (even virtually) ensures team members feel valued and challenged by their work. A healthy work culture encompasses the many efforts of management, and is built upon the sharing of feedback from their tutors. 

This all begins with supportive management that listens intently, takes opinions into consideration, and seeks ways to ensure their employees are satisfied at work. The following are 4 tried and true strategies to boost your tutor retention within your company. 

Boosting tutor retention in 4 ways: 

1. Show appreciation

More than anything, human’s want to feel appreciated for the time and effort that they put into their job. It’s one of the fundamental requirements to progress within a role or position. Recognizing achievements and hard work makes a huge difference in tutor retention and engagement with their students. Further motivating them to continue performing at a high level.  

It’s a typical misconception that for employee recognition to be appreciated, some kind of monetary reward must be associated. Of course, that isn’t feasible for many companies. Many tutors just want the simple acknowledgement of their efforts, and would gladly accept a simple thank you note as a token of appreciation.

2. Create opportunities for development and growth 

Remaining stagnant within a job that doesn’t offer challenges or opportunities to develop new teaching skills may lead tutors to look elsewhere for advancement. Instead, when those possibilities are provided within their own company, it allows tutors to grow and develop within their role and within your business. 

This can be made possible by offering training on a variety of topics like new subjects, up-and-coming technology, and seminars to enhance tutoring techniques. This doesn’t have to be expensive either, even the smallest companies can capitalize on the endless amounts of credible educational information online. 

Likewise, getting to know your tutors allows you to understand their strengths and talents. Building upon tutor’s strengths not only reinforces their confidence, but encourages tutor’s satisfaction with their work, and loyalty for their organization.  

3. Ask for tutor feedback  

Asking for feedback from your tutors is an easy way to convey that their opinions and views matter to company success. This ensures that tutors don’t feel like they’re just another employee – but know they’re a valuable asset to the company and to you.  

Obtaining feedback on issues of importance allows business owners to gain useful insights into relevant factors of engagement, satisfaction, and motivation.This information provides a simple way to tailor work environments in a way that best suits each individual. By utilizing employee feedback to eliminate pain points and influence a productive culture, tutoring companies are better poised to retain their top talent. 

4. Encourage a healthy work environment 

As all of the above feed into what constitutes a healthy work environment, it’s important to note that the overarching culture within a tutoring business greatly affects how productive and successful team members are. It sets the tone for expectations surrounding behavior, performance and overall mood – even invoking stress if left unchecked. 

It’s no surprise that because of the large impact culture has on a business, it’s critical to create a positive experience for your tutors. With an uplifting, supportive environment, morale and satisfaction flourish and can aid in attracting quality tutors when recruiting. 

Conclusion

As hardworking and talented tutors have such an impact on company culture and business success, efforts to improve tutor retention are an essential element of any educational business.

High turnover not only affects the overall company atmosphere, but is quite costly when it comes to replacing and training high quality tutors. Luckily, with some intentional changes with your employees in mind, it’s possible to keep the great people you’ve hired for the long haul.

E-learning is changing the dynamics of education the world over. More and more teachers and students are quickly discovering the benefits of online learning. Be it flexibility, cheaper and better study resources or access to various cultures and education systems – it’s definitely a win-win situation for both teachers and students.

However, it is more of a challenge for tutors. Because online learning might offer more benefits as compared to the traditional form of teaching, but it comes with its own set of challenges. But, you can easily overcome them and become a great online tutor with the help of these 8 valuable techniques:

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Starting a tutoring business does not need to be an overly complicated process and it doesn’t require large amounts of money to be spent on advertising or start-up costs. Tutoring is a business that allows you to start small and expand over time. Despite the relative simplicity of the business, it is important to do some research and put a plan in writing to guide you through the process and maximize the success of your business.

The following list covers six essential steps you need to take in order to build a successful and profitable tutoring business.

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The internet is becoming a dominant source for local information, which means many of your potential customers are looking online for tutoring services like yours. If your business does not have an online presence including both a website and a means promoting your website, your business will be missing out on a lot of potential customers.
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Word-of-mouth can play an enormous role in the success of any tutoring business, and if you can encourage it correctly you won’t need to spend as much on other more expensive forms of marketing. Making some small adjustments to the way you do things can lead to big results as word-of-mouth about your tutoring business spreads through your market.
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Finding high-quality tutors is an important part of running a successful tutoring company. Even if you’re working full time running your tutoring company, tutoring jobs are generally part-time. The following groups are ideal for tutoring jobs because they all have experience with learning and specific subjects, they tend to have schedules that work well for tutoring (time available in the afternoon and evenings), and they are all relatively easy to target. People from other backgrounds can also make excellent tutors, but they can also be much more difficult to find – so if you’re looking for some solid teachers for your tutoring company begin your search within these groups:

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“Good to Great” is an well-known, business book written by author Jim Collins that looks at the factors that allow some companies to make the transition from average to great while other companies don’t.   As the owner of a tutoring business I’m sure you’re interested in finding out how you can take your tutoring company from good to great and hopefully this article will provide you with some useful insights that you can apply to your tutoring business. In his research Collins identified seven areas that separated the great companies from the ones that remained average. Let’s take a look at each of these areas and see how you can apply them to take your tutoring business to the next level.

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Coming up with a unique tutoring business name that communicates a specific message about your brand and services can be a difficult task. In this post we’ll look at some useful techniques that will help you generate and then narrow down a number of ideas for naming your business.

Breaking down a business name

Small or new business names should usually have two parts. First, you should have a unique word that distinguishes your business from others in your industry. Second, you should have a descriptive part that describes what your business does. The reason why you should include a descriptive part is because without it people won’t know what your business does and they will not be able to establish a connection between your business name and the service you offer – which is necessary for effectively building your brand. As your business becomes more well known and people continue hear your business name they will strengthen the connection between the unique name and the service and eventually when they hear either one they will think of the other.

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An important aspect of managing your tutoring business is tutor management.  Tutor management refers specifically to the administrative tasks associated with managing your tutors and TutorPanel contains features that act as a tutor management system.  In this post we’ll look at several of the features that TutorPanel includes to help make managing your tutors easier. Read the rest of this entry »

Business cards may seem like a rather unimportant element in your tutoring business, but when well-designed, a business card can be an important marketing tool. A well-designed card communicates the quality and professionalism of your business, it provides customers a short, memorable summary of what your tutoring business does, it provides them with where to look or how to contact you if they would like more information and tutoring business cards can even include a call to action.

When starting a tutoring business you should be looking for every advantage you can get. Dedicating some time to planning your tutoring business cards and how to make them into effective marketing tools is time well spent. Continue reading for some tutoring business card essentials.

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