The Tutoring Guide
Hello and welcome to Learned :). We are so excited to have you on-board! As we only employ the brightest and best individuals, that means that you are in the top of your field, so well done for that :).

A quick overview: here we will present our most important teaching principles that you will need to use during your lessons with our students. We will also provide you with a rundown of how a tutoring session typically works.

Furthermore, we will provide you with the starter documents that you will need for tutoring, including Tutor Invoice, Tutor Availability, and Student Update.

Let's begin :)

1. The How To Study Maths Guide
This is a guide written by our brilliant education director and founder Dr Mahya Mirzaei. This guide is also sent to all our students when they start tutoring with us. You will need to read this guide, and frequently remind the students of these principles throughout your sessions.

If you find a student has not read the guide yet, please ask them to do so before your next session with you. The guide is important as many students don't know how to study maths, and they lose hope even before they have begun.

Please click on The How To Study Maths Guide to access the Guide.

2. Key Documents

Here we will present the key documents you will need regularly going forward.

a) Tutor Invoice
You will need to send us your tutor invoice at the end of each month. This enables us to pay you for your work during that month. You can find the Tutor Invoice link here. You will need to attach the Tutor Invoice Template document (which is sent to your email as an attachment) to this link every month and submit it.

b) Tutor Availability
The Tutor Availability form is extremely important. This is the information that we use to assign new students to you automatically. Please ensure you keep your availability up to date and that every time your availability changes, you update the form. The Tutor Availability form can be found here.

c) Tutoring Update to the Parents
It is crucial to keep the parent updated on the progress of their child. After each session you will need to fill out a parent update form which you can find here.

This form will be sent directly to the parent. Please aim to fill this form out within 24 hours of your session. The form will also be used by the student's mentor every month to keep track of the student's progress. Be as detailed as possible and be very direct in regards to the problems and improvements.
3. Giving help to students outside the class
Please note that all our students are able to ask 3-5 questions/week from us outside their tutoring class. We provide the students with a dedicated mentor who will help them with outside the class questions etc., however from time to time, the student may send you the question to help them out with.

In such a case, if the student's question won't take too much of your time (and you are willing) you are more than welcome to answer them yourself :). If not, you will need to forward the question to 0466 446 344 with the student's name and year level, and respond to the student something like: "Perfect, help is coming your way shortly :)"

Please note that being helpful to the student and making the parent and student feel and understand we are here to help them is our utmost priority.
4. Breaking up the lesson
Your lessons are one hour long, but if you feel that your student needs some independent study before you continue with the lesson you can break the lesson into two parts. Let me give you an example:

"I am teaching Jimmy who is a year 12 student, integration. We have been going through basic integration for the past half an hour and have been doing some questions. The next part is using integration to find the volumes of solids.
I feel like it will be more effective if I now give Jimmy some questions to do independently on basic integration just so he can consolidate his knowledge of the concept. I feel after he has gone through some more questions in his own time, he will be more ready to do the more complex concept of integration.

So I tell Jimmy what I'm thinking and ask if he'd like to do the remaining half an hour in 2 hours time (after he's done the questions on his own) or perhaps tomorrow.

Jimmy says ok good idea, and he says he can do tomorrow 4pm. So you will put that in your calendar and will do the rest of the lesson on the next day"

So if you feel like breaking the lesson is beneficial you can do that. Don't use it overly though (use it only when it's actually needed), and whenever you try to break the lesson you need to ensure that you organise the time/day during your session.

If the student doesn't have any other availability that week, don't break the lesson. This is because it is really important that students do at least one hour of tutoring per week to keep their momentum.

5. Values
What we do is NOT about doing 1-2 hours with the student per week and not caring about what is happening during the week, or if the student is actually progressing. We take responsibility for the student's learning, success, and progress.

So in order to enable this, as a tutor, you need to constantly assess the student's learning during your lessons. You will then advise us of any of these gaps or problems via your Tutoring Update form for that student. It is also important for you to identify how you think the student will improve faster and easier, what changes does the student need to make, etc. This information will then be reviewed by the student's mentor tutor and a course of action will be planned along side yourself, the student and the parent.

It is of crucial important for us to help make a real difference in students learning and helping them achieve their goals and dreams. You are the focal point in helping us achieve this and this should be your utmost priority.
Remember as a tutor, you are helping someone see the world differently.

You are the enabler of the next generation of Australians achieving their dreams and believing in themselves.