We’ve seen a lot of great feedback about how we can best use Slack as a company, and we’re excited to announce a few major updates based on your feedback!
SLACK CHANNEL REORGANIZATION
We’ll be renaming and repurposing a number of Slack channels to make conversing clearer. Please see the first edition of Yup Tutor Slack Guidelines! You’ll find a list of renamed channels, an explanation of where to post what, and best practice recommendations.
INTRODUCING: EMERGENCY RESPONSE TUTOR PROGRAM
We’re proud to announce a new trial program: Emergency Response Tutors.
- Emergency Response Tutors (ERTs) have the option to jump online during high wait periods (announced by automated alerts) and take extra sessions
- Any tutor may voluntarily choose to be an ERT
- For any time spent in-session but out-of-shift during high wait periods, ERTs will be compensated at 2x hourly rate
- Please note that out-of-session time will not be compensated; as sessions will be allocated first-come first-served, we recommend coming online to help only if you’re already available – typical high wait periods only last 5-10 minutes
- Join the Emergency Response Tutors Slack Channel
Because this is a trial, the parameters of this program may change. We’ll be testing its effectiveness over the next few weeks by measuring how many drops it prevents and also your satisfaction with the program. Please see this slide in the Tutor Policies deck for more detail and let us know of any questions!
STUDENT FEEDBACK UPDATES
We are introducing a form to systematize your feedback on students. This form should be a primary feedback mechanism so we can track student performance, but we also encourage you to continue to use the Student Feedback Slack Channel to offer helpful advice to other tutors.
In turn, Yup Tutor Operations will commit to consistent reports on the most common issues and students that are brought up. Additionally, we’re already working on product specs directly related to your feedback:
- Internal student profiles that allow tutors to review comments from other tutors on best practice teaching styles for each student
- Students’ can select preferred learning styles (e.g., more whiteboard, faster teaching, check in often) and these are shown to tutors
Thanks and happy tutoring all!
We continue to be excited for the start of the Fall semester this upcoming Monday, 9/2. We want to thank everyone for helping us through all the recent changes.
Tutor Growth Pathway and Fall Schedules
Congratulations on a great job during our Tutor Freeze Period! We saw a big bump in comp scores, ratings, and claim rate. This means better teaching, less drops, and faster service for our students =)
Growth pathway payment rates will go into effect on September 1, 2019
- August payroll will reflect our old system, including relevant bonuses
- Please ensure that you have signed your new contract: reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns
Fall schedules will go into effect September 2, 2019
- Please verify your schedule and reach out to email@example.com with any concerns or requests to add hours, based on the noted schedule availability
Humanity Scheduling Software
Full launch of Humanity will take place on September 9/2. Until then, please continue to use our typical procedures and policies for scheduling matters (e.g., fill out a form for a shift switch or leave request on 9/1). However, some important notes:
Available shift release for the week of 9/2 will take place Friday, August 30 in Humanity
- Tutors can see their weekly Fall schedules the evening of Thursday, August 29
- Tutors can claim hours up to their total weekly hours Level maximum
Starting 9/2, we will move to using Humanity for all major scheduling procedures
- Release shifts, request leave, and continue to claim shifts in Humanity
- Use the scheduling form to submit overtime or availability updates
And finally, get excited for an influx of new tutors! We expect up to ~50 new tutors to onboard over the next few weeks, and more when we split the subject exam (more to come on that).
Keep up the fantastic work everyone!
⚠️ UPCOMING DASHBOARD LOGIN CHANGE ⚠️
On Friday, June 28th, we will be switching to a new login system for tutors. Instead of using your phone number to log in, you will be required to use your email address and password.
When the new system is deployed, please complete the following steps:
- Log out of the dashboard
- Click the Reset Password link at yup.com/users/sign-in
- Enter your Yup-associated email address
- Check your email for a reset password link
- Follow the instructions to set your password
- Login using the new method!
It’s important that you update your password before it’s time to log into your next shift following the update next week – this will ensure that no sessions are dropped as a result of tutors being unable to login.
If you don’t remember which email is associated with your Yup account OR you wish to change it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
- Please limit disputes to three per month (based on when the session occurred), and submit within a week of when the session was conducted
- Please stick to the guidelines for dispute eligibility: sessions that earned less than 8 points; sessions tagged Gave/Wrong Answer or Content Knowledge.
- Please do your best to explain why you feel you were inaccurately scored.
Answer Check Policy:
- Reminder that we should only ask a student for their work/thought process once – if they refuse, please proceed with checking answers rather than continuing to press. (Relevant newsfeed post.)
Shift End Policy:
- If you are with a student when your shift ends, you should only end the session if 1) you have found an answer together after your shift has ended OR 2) you have worked with the student for 30 minutes past the end of your shift (Relevant newsfeed post.)
- When ending a session for one of the above reasons, please let the student know you have worked past the end of your shift (feel free to use a canned response for this!)
- This policy was created to avoid poor student experiences near the end of a tutor’s shift. If your schedule does not allow you to follow this policy, email email@example.com
OUTSTANDING STUDENT FEEDBACK AWARD
Congratulations to Surinder Kaur for earning the Outstanding Student Feedback Award! This award is given to tutors who receive consistent, outstanding written feedback from students over several weeks along with demonstrating excellent overall performance.
Some of Surinder’s exceptional student feedback comments:
- “Thank you so much! Made a stressful night with a lot of hard problems much easier. I hope I get you again soon!”
- “I would love to be paired up with her again. It was a very productive and fast session.”
- “Thank you so much Ms. Kaur lol now because of you I can go to the theme park with my friends!!! Yay!”
- “This question was on my recent SAT so thank you for helping me understand how I could have done it :)”
— Team Yup
As an online tutor, it can be tricky gauging how a student is feeling about a lesson or concept. Tutoring in-person, we draw upon non-verbal cues like facial expressions and body language to read a student, then adapt accordingly. In a chat setting, we are entirely reliant on the student’s ability to share this information with us.
This past week, we introduced a new feature that aims to take some of the guesswork out of determining a student’s learning needs. Student Canned Responses provide students with handy shortcuts for expressing themselves during a session.
Check out the following infographic which outlines the new student canned responses and provides tips for responding to them during a session:
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with feedback via the #new-ideas channel on Slack or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Team Yup
NEW FEATURE: LIVE WHITEBOARD
One of the most valuable ways to engage students is with visual aids that allow them to grasp a concept in ways that can’t be achieved with text alone. However, illustrating concepts and annotating images using the whiteboard does take time, and can unfortunately disrupt session flow.
To solve for this problem, we are introducing Live Whiteboard! We believe that if students can view tutors’ whiteboard in real time, this aspect of a session will feel less time-consuming. Imagine sitting in a classroom and watching your teacher write on the board; this feature mimics this experience to create a more engaging learning environment.
What does it look like for the tutor?
What does it look like for the student?
How does it work?
- When the Live feature is enabled, your student will be able to see anything that you put on the whiteboard
- You do not need to change anything you do! Just be aware that when you add items to the whiteboard, your student can see them.
- It is still important to send an image once you’re finished working on it
- If you don’t send an image, your student can see it but won’t be able to refer back to it later on (and you won’t be able to reuse it from the gallery.)
- A stable internet connection is vital in order for the feature to function
- The live option whiteboard will be disabled if either your internet connection or the student’s isn’t stable.
This feature will be launching next week for most students. As always, please let us know about any feedback (good or bad!) in the #new-ideas channel on Slack!
REMINDER: TUTOR SATISFACTION SURVEY
If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to complete the compensated Yup Tutor Satisfaction Survey.
Because this survey covers a lot of areas of being a Yup tutor and will take time to complete, we are offering 1-hour of compensation for completing the survey thoughtfully and within the given deadline. We ask that you complete the survey no later than 11:59PM PDT on Monday, May 13th.
Complete Paid Tutor Survey ›
Your responses will aid us in making important policy changes and feature improvements while giving us a general sense of what we can do to ensure you are having a rewarding experience on the Yup team!
— Team Yup