The Profs’ In the News
Please see some of our recent features below:
Could tutoring save the failing British education system?
In a piece for Cambridge University’s independent student newspaper, Varsity (30th March 2022), The Profs shared research and insights into how tutoring could save the failing British education system. In packed classrooms or lecture halls, it is hard for students to get the one-to-one support they need to understand challenging new topics, revise material, and ultimately succeed in securing a good grade.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way, and we at The Profs have proven that tutoring can provide infinite benefits to students, such as helping them achieve top grades, get into great universities, and rediscover their love of learning.
The Profs Online Tutor Platform Celebrate 90% Of Their University Applicants Receiving Offers from 1st or 2nd Choice Universities
On 17th March 2022, The Profs celebrated reaching a major milestone: 90% of our university applicants received offers from their first or second choice universities. This success is down to a consistent track record of high quality tutoring, a particular focus on admissions support, and working with only the very best tutors. In fact, only 3% of tutors who apply to work with The Profs are accepted!
Graduates seek coaching to prepare for job tests and interviews
The Profs don’t just offer subject tutoring, but also provide additional mentoring and tutoring support for job tests, interviews, and more. In an article in the Financial Times (5th November 2020), The Profs Founder, Richard Evans, explained that the demand for tutors’ help preparing for online tests and interview techniques for jobs had risen as students took a much more active interest in their careers.
One graduate who worked with The Profs also shared their positive experience of using our services when applying to one of the Big Four professional services firms and other Accountancy graduate schemes.
Learning doesn’t stop at the school gates – Ambition, determination and grit are rarely taught on a curriculum
The Profs’ Co-Founder, Leo Evans, was featured in FE News (21st October 2020), the largest online news site dedicated solely to the further education, work-based learning and employability sector. He explained how private tuition can and is being used to bridge the gap between state and full-time private education, helping students get into top universities and thrive in higher education.
UK school closures prompt boom in private tuition
As a result of the pandemic, many schools were forced to close and adapt to a new way of learning. In an article for The Guardian, The Profs’ Co-Founder, Leo Evans, explained how the number of daily users of online classroom platform BitPaper had risen more than sixfold in two weeks, from 5,000 to 32,000. Click the link below to read the full article.
National Tutoring Programme removes target to focus on disadvantaged students
In an interview with FE News, the largest online news site dedicated solely to further education, The Profs’ Founder, Richard Evans, shared his thoughts on updates on the National Tutoring Programme (NTP). After it was announced that the NTP had removed the target to focus on disadvantaged pupils, Richard suggested solutions that would ensure the programme would still help disadvantaged pupils and not favour advantaged pupils, as well as further methods to help ‘lost learning’ from the pandemic.
How to find a good tutor in the UK
The Profs Founder, Richard Evans, was featured in an article for The Times on how to find a good tutor in the UK (3rd December 2021). The article talks about the rise of online tutoring during the pandemic, with Richard describing how tutoring has been “normalised and legitimised” as a result. Click the link below to read the full article.
Winners announced for new student apps
Universities Minister Chris Skidmore has announced the two winners of the Higher Education Open Data competition to create new digital tools for students.
Two contracts worth £150,000 each have been awarded to AccessEd, which offers students a ‘personalised careers assistant’, and The Profs who will create a game format for players to understand the consequences of their decisions through simulations of graduate career paths.
Universities Minister joins education app showcase at Imperial Enterprise Lab
Universities and Science Minister Sam Gyimah MP visited Imperial’s Enterprise Lab to launch the second phase of the Department for Education’s Higher Education Open Data Competition.
Tech company ‘The Profs’, one of the startups showcasing at the event, was co-founded by alumnus Leo Evans, who spent eleven years at Imperial. Of the company’s 1000 tutors, almost 100 are Imperial students or graduates.
Third of students who get right grades for Oxbridge do not choose to apply
The Profs’ research was published in the Evening Standard (16 October 2018). Our research showed that one in three top-scoring A level students, who had strong enough grades to be considered for Oxbridge, had not applied for either Oxford or Cambridge University.
Call our team to discover whether our admissions tutors can help your child apply for a top university, or click the link below to read the full article.
The Profs on melding technology with tutors
The Profs’ founder, Richard Evans, was interviewed by The Telegraph (5 March 2018). The interview details the rise of professional online tuition provided by The Profs’ tutors.
It also describes in detail the journey of The Profs’ founders from the bedroom and an overdraft to their now global operations. Click the link below to read the full article.
Tutoring startup offers a lesson in success
Educational technology (or ‘edtech’), is currently significantly under-funded, compared to a market like the US. Despite this, London-based company The Profs is shining through and making great strides when it comes to enhancing the offering of one-to-one education.
The Guardian (3rd March 2016) caught up with Founder Richard Evans to learn how The Profs’ tutoring network is supporting students all around the world, after the company reached the finals of The Guardian’s Start-Up of the Year Award. Click the link below to read the full article.
The Profs wins Best Tutoring Company at the EducationInvestor Awards
The Profs, the Startups 100-featured tutoring company, has received the Best Tutoring Company at the EducationInvestor Awards.
Founded in 2014 by Dr. Leo Evans, Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook, the Profs provides tailored school, university, and professional-level private tuition, education consultancy and academic mentorship.
The Profs: An Interview with Founder Richard Evans
From securing his first tutee in 2010, to running one of the industry’s most successful start-ups, Richard Evans tells explains the inspiration behind The Profs tutoring platform.
Founded in 2014, The Profs connects students, professionals and companies with a network of highly-qualified professional private tutors. Focused primarily on university, degree-level and professional qualification tuition in London, The Profs also tutor at secondary level over GCSE and A Level.
The peer-to-peer tutoring service offering 400 qualified tutors to students on every continent
Former lecturer Dr. Leo Evans believed the lecture-based structure of university education didn’t do its learners justice, targeting the average student and leaving those who are less able or more capable feeling isolated and unfulfilled.
To solve this, he teamed up with his brother, professional tutor Richard Evans, and operations manager Rory Curnock Cook to found edtech start-up The Profs, an online platform connecting students with peer-to-peer tutoring services.
Marketing masterclass: The Profs (Video)
Tutoring platform The Profs has experienced 100% organic growth for three years in a row. Founder Richard Evans explains how the business consistently brings something innovative to the table and is in a position to reach 52 countries with its high-quality online service.
Young entrepreneurs: Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook, The Profs
Richard Evans and Rory Curnock Cook both had their first taste of business at an early age. At four, Evans was charging his parents and their friends a reasonable 20p to watch his teddy puppet shows, while Cook claims to have made a staggering 100 francs selling snail shells from a market stall in the South of France when he was just six.
Now aged 25, they’ve moved on from amateur dramatics and dead mollusks, into the world of education. After finding not just financial, but personal rewards in tutoring while he was at university, Evans, alongside Cook, decided to turn his new found passion into a business.
University students are turning to private tutors
Following a survey which suggests that one in five university students are looking for private university tutors, The Telegraph (28th March 2018) reached out to The Profs to better understand this growing trend, and how a university tutor could support students looking to boost their grades.
University students are turning to private tutors
The distribution of traditional education tends to focus on the average student, leaving the strongest and weakest to fend for themselves. The Profs originally began to provide one-to-one tutoring services to help such students with their individual educational challenges.
By late 2014 the number of students contacting The Profs had expanded into the hundreds. The Times caught up with founder Richard Evans to better understand this trend (15th October 2017). Click the link below to read the full article.
‘An education arms race’: inside the ultra-competitive world of private tutoring
The Guardian quoted a lecture given by the Profs’ co-founder, Leo Evans (5th December 2018). In his lecture, Dr Evans said, “Catching stragglers and helping them get on top of their studies is a useful social function.
Also, for students with disabilities and impairments, it’s essential.” The Profs is here to help all students succeed in their educational journeys. Click the link below to read the full article.