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Third of students who get right grades for Oxbridge do not choose to apply
One third of “brilliant” A-level students who get the grades to enrol at Oxbridge do not even apply, it has emerged.
Research from London tutor agency The Profs found that at least 6,000 students with straight A-grades did not send in an application to Oxford or Cambridge last year. The education consultancy said a “fear of failure” was holding students back.
The Profs on melding technology with tutors
The co-founder of online tutoring service, The Profs, talks about enhancing the learning experience with tech and marketing the old-school way. Some flat-pack furniture and a £1,500 overdraft was all that Richard Evans needed to launch his online tutoring service, The Profs, which connects a roster of professional educators with students in need of some extra help.
“We founded it out of my bedroom” says Evans, who teamed up with his brother and co-founder, Leo, to get their edtech concept off the ground. “We bought some Ikea desks and ran the whole thing from our mobile phones, which rang day and night because we were doing the operations, sales and everything else.”
Tutoring startup offers a lesson in success
Many small businesses begin life in their founder’s bedroom. Few, however, can match the spectacular growth of The Profs – a tuition company that, 16 months after its modest beginnings, has an office in Belgravia and is handling £20,000 of transactions each week.
As a cash-strapped economics student at the London School of Economics, Richard Evans took the advice of a friend to try his hand at tutoring. It went so well that he continued with the work after graduation. Spotting that most tuition services were set up “to help the typical kind of Chelsea parent get their child through an entrance exam,” Evans saw a gap in the market and began offering his services to undergraduate students.
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.
Richard Evans’ Member Story
At the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) we have been working closely with our members to tell their story. Back in February, we unveiled the winners of the FSB Worldpay UK Business Awards 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. We’ve had the opportunity to speak to a few of the winners from this year, as well as some of the highly commended entries who are taking the small business world by storm.
The Profs is a platform that introduces disenchanted students across the world to inspiring academics, both face to face and online. They also help with professional qualifications for directors who haven’t had the time or inclination to go back to the classroom.
University students are turning to private tutors
University students are increasingly turning to private tutors to get through their degrees with one in five seeking extra help, a survey has found.
The pressure to graduate with an upper second or first class degree has led to undergraduates relying on tutors to boost their grades.
University students ‘fill gap’ with hired tutors
Thousands of students are hiring private tutors at up to £250 an hour to help them through degree courses – amid calls for universities with “inadequate teaching” to pick up the bill.
Mary Curnock Cook, the former chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – whose son has co-founded a tutoring company – said private tutoring for undergraduates was new and “universities should be worried if it in any way reflects inadequate teaching”.
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