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500 tutors for MyTuition

500 tutors for MyTuition

16 March 2018

Auckland education startup MyTuition has hit a new milestone: 500 tutors throughout New Zealand.

The company was founded in 2014 by then 23-year-olds Jimmy Li and Roy Lin with $1,000 in capital and a vision: equip high school students with the knowledge the co-founders wish they’d had in school.

Through MyTuition, high school students are mentored by extremely high-achieving and personable current university students or recent graduates.

All tutors travel to the student or tutor them over Skype. They’re experts in their fields and handpicked according to the student’s needs.

With the addition of a new tutor today in Auckland, there’s now a community of 500 tutors.

“The milestone just snuck up on us,” Li explains.

“We’ve been so focused on growing the community while maintaining the highest possible quality that we didn’t even notice until one of our tutor team leaders pointed out we were about to hit 500 tutors.

“We're very selective with our screening process too, so to have 500 of the most amazing university students as part of our team is incredibly humbling,” Lin adds.

MyTuition has now facilitated more than 25,000 lessons for a total of almost 30,000 hours of teaching. Li puts the success his business has had down to two main things: culture and purpose.

“Having a team at headquarters that's passionate about what we do and believes in our mission has made things a dream. It wouldn't have been possible to get to where we are if everyone only came to work just to get paid.

“Instead, everyone is energised to come into work every day because every day we get to make a difference, we get to innovate on new ways of helping people, and we all like spending time with each other.”

Although the vision has always been to help as many high school students as possible, it’s only been recently that the team has really delved into exactly how it best achieves that.

“We realised that what we’re all about is helping people become better versions of themselves. We do this by connecting students with the older versions of themselves for guidance,” Lin says.

“Though tutoring is a big part of the lessons, it’s also about mentoring and coaching. A huge part of what we do is helping students work through self-limiting beliefs and help them build their confidence. It’s really about enabling personal development in a scalable way.”

As the company continues to grow, the co-founders have two core objectives: work more closely with high schools to become a trusted partner to teachers, and secondly, become a household name in New Zealand to give all high school students the support and opportunity they need to become who they want to be.


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