New Resource + Dashboard Bugs

RUBRIC STANDARD INFOGRAPHICS

Earlier this year, we introduced a flowchart-style infographic to guide tutors through the Gap Clarification Phase, as measured by Rubric Standard 1.1. This week, we are excited to introduce similar, infographic-style visual aids to clarify every standard on Yup’s tutor rubric.

These resources aim to break down the best practices for each standard in ways that are easy to reference and understand. In addition to providing tips and suggestions for earning the rubric point(s), they will also guide you through common situations that may arise in a session.

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These resources can also be found within our Yup Teaching Standards document on their respective rubric standard slides.


DASHBOARD BUGS

As the Engineering Team continues to diagnose and tackle Tutor Dashboard issues, it is now more important than ever to report any bugs you are experiencing during a shift. The most helpful way to report these bugs is to share a screenshot of the error messages in Chrome’s Developer Console so we can pass these on to the engineers.

To open the dev console, follow the path below in Chrome:

Chrome settings > More tools > Developer tools > Console

Note: We want to capture specifically the error messages listed in the console. You can click the “Default levels” drop-down menu and select only the “Errors” option to see just error messages.

To see the dev console, go to Chrome settings > More tools > Developer tools > Console

Once you have captured the error messages, please share the image(s) in the Slack #system-issues channel along with a description of the issue you experienced. For urgent errors that prevent you from teaching, please also share this information with us at tutor.support@yup.com.

Thanks in advance for your help, and for your patience and understanding with these issues!

— Team Yup

Dashboard Bug Update + Tutor Biographies

⚠ URGENT: TUTOR DASHBOARD TIP ⚠

If you are waiting for an incoming request during a shift, it is extremely vital that you are waiting on the ‘Live Sessions’ page at yup.com/tutor_dashboard/waiting_room rather than the ‘Dashboard’ page yup.com/tutor_dashboard/.

Select “Live Sessions” from the drop down menu to ensure you can receiving incoming requests.

Waiting on the Dashboard page during a shift means you may not receive incoming session notifications. It also means you will have to navigate back to the Live Sessions page after receiving the notification in order to see the Claim button.

Stay on the Live Sessions page during your entire shift to avoid passing sessions.

While we do encourage you to frequently check your workbook and completed sessions on the Dashboard page, until a fix for this is released in the coming days it is important to stay on the Live Sessions page throughout the duration of your shift. Note that your workbook is accessible from link at the top of the Dashboard page.



TUTOR BIOGRAPHY QUESTIONNAIRE

We are currently working on a new feature that will help tutors and students build rapport throughout their sessions. After interviewing in-person tutors, we found that they often share fun information about themselves to create a connection with a student. Our new tutor bios with fun personal facts will allow students to learn more about you, creating a more comfortable learning environment.

Please complete the following questionnaire by Sunday, October 14th – this should take no more than 5 minutes. (If you are unable to do so, we will create biography answers for you 🙂.)

UPDATE YOUR TUTOR BIO    

Happy tutoring!

— Team Yup

Mentorship Program + Dashboard Fixes

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCH

We are proud to announce the official start to our Tutor Mentorship Program! After an initial trial run, we have made some exciting improvements, including the ability to set personal goals with your TQM mentor and complete targeted exercises, such as annotating your past sessions to get a sense of how they could have gone better.

Check out the following document to find out more about the program and keep an eye on your inbox – we will be contacting those who qualify to be in the program soon!

Yup Tutor Mentorship Program

TUTOR DASHBOARD FIXES/UPDATES

  • Many of you have reported a bug causing issues with the post-session survey page at the end of the session. If you are having issues submitting this form or are seeing the form return after you have already submitted it, please refresh the page to ensure the Tutor Dashboard loads back to the session waiting room.
  • This week we will be releasing updates to the Tutor Dashboard, specifically the whiteboard, that will fix many reported issues while adding a very exciting and long-awaited new feature: a built-in image gallery! This gallery is will continue to grow and we welcome your suggestions in the New Ideas room on Slack.

As always, please keep us posted with bugs you experience by following the Bug Reporting Instructions . (Check out specifically the step that explains the Dev Console screenshot – this is the most important step for diagnosing the problem.)

Happy Tutoring!

— Team Yup

Updates: Bugs, Positive Language & Science

TUTOR DASHBOARD BUGS

As the Engineering team works towards making the newest version of the Tutor Dashboard bug-free, we want to extend a huge thank you for your patience and understanding during this process. A special thank you to everyone who has been following the Bug Reporting instructions to take screenshots of bugs with the Dev. Console and sending them our way!

Here are some tips for avoiding some common Whiteboard bugs:

  • Problem 1: The “Send” button is missing
    • Solution: The send button will appear as soon as you start using the whiteboard. To send an image without editing it, make an inconspicuous marking to activate the send button.
  • Problem 2: Whiteboard error message: “Error loading the image. Reason Failed to fetch”
    • Solution: The following instructions will allow you to use the whiteboard when you see the above message until we issue a fix:
  • Problem 3: The line tool is behaving erratically
    • Solution: After using the line tool to draw a line, right-click to commit the line to the board OR continue to draw connected lines.
  • NEW FEATURE TIP: Click on the triangle tool and enter a number “n” in the provided box to drag out a polygon with “n” sides. (Try it now in the Whiteboard Practice Link!)


ENCOURAGING LANGUAGE REMINDER

Quick reminder for Standard 3.3: Please ensure you are always using encouraging language when interacting with students! We realize this may be a challenge when the student isn’t succeeding, but this is the most important time to praise the student’s efforts in order to keep them motivated.

Here are some phrases that are better than a simple “Not quite.”:

  • When the student gets something completely wrong:
    • “Good effort, Mike, but not quite! Let’s take a look at this step together.”
    • “Nice try, but not quite! Don’t worry, we will get there in no time 🙂 ”
  • When the student is wrong, but not far off:
    • “I see where you are going with this! Let’s talk about this step a bit more.”
    • “Very close, Mike 🙂 Let’s build off that idea!”
    • “Nice effort! Let’s make a few minor fixes here.”

See the Yup Teaching Standards  or the Tutoring Template slides on Standard 3.3 for more tips!

SCIENCE UPDATE

As some of you may be aware, in July we made the decision to stop offering assistance with Chemistry and Physics subjects. This change will allow us to focus all our energy on offering top-notch math homework help, which the overwhelming majority of users are coming to us for. We hope to bring back these subjects in future, however we do not currently have a concrete plan to do so.

Let us know what questions you have!

— Team Yup

New Login Method + QA 3.0 Adjustments

NEW LOGIN METHOD

If you are facing issues with the new login method, please refresh the page to bring up the old login method and sign in using your username or Facebook details. If both of these methods are not working, please email us at tutor.support@yup.com so we can assist you.

If you were unable to start a shift on time this week due to the login method change, rest assured that this will not be held against you.

QA 3.0 ADJUSTMENTSRelated image

This Spring, we made major changes to our QA System and key tag definitions. Since then, we’ve identified a few more tweaks that will make our system more fair and accurate:

1. Tutor Fault Tags earned during new user sessions will no longer be weighed heavier. As always, treat new users with warmth and enthusiasm!

2. The 4-week limit for the absolute number of Tutor Fault Tags will be lowered to 15. The relative limit will remain at 25%.

3. The 4-week limit for key tags will be lowered to 15%, and the absolute limit for each will be lowered to 10. We expect that very few tutors will exceed these amounts. Our interpretation of the Gave Answer tag is likely to change in the coming month due to new initiatives aimed at improving teaching pace.

4. Tutors will be placed under review if their Composite QA Score falls below 8.0 during their first 4 weeks, 8.5 after their first 4 weeks, or below 9.25 for Tutor Quality Managers.

5. The bonus for earning zero Tutor Fault Tags will be based on the calendar month rather than on 4-week periods, and the minimum will be raised from 10 to 20 eligible sessions. To make up for the lower frequency and higher bar of eligible sessions, the amount will increase to $100.

These changes will take effect on Monday, June 18th. We will not enforce the new rules for sessions that happened before Monday, June 18th, meaning you can not be placed under review due to these policies until July 16th.

Let us know what questions you have!

— Team Yup