Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

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Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby SophiaApp » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:21 am

Hello NVN

Taxis have Uber, Therapists have Urban and Sitters have Bubble.   Private Tuition? - Meet Sophia! 

We are delighted to introduce you to Sophia; the UK's first on demand mobile app for private home tuition.

Co founded by a local resident and former Independent School Headteacher, Sophia is an EdTech company which connects fully vetted and verified tutors with clients seeking face-to-face home tuition via our intuitive on demand mobile app. We built Sophia to meet the needs of progressive parents and tutors living in a highly competitive, changing world. 

The Uber / Urban / Air BnB and Bubble model for Private Tuition; This is Tutoring Reimagined.
 Led by leaders in education and a proud member of The Tutors Association,  Sophia challenges the status quo by bringing best practice in safer recruitment in education to a largely unregulated industry. We offer leading insurance, including public liability and professional indemnity cover, for all sessions booked via the Sophia App.   Not only have we vetted every tutor face to face but have also ensured each of our tutors as a valid enhanced DBS check as part of our commitment to safeguarding.  Payment is cashless and secure on the app via Stripe.   The power to set an entire industry free is at your fingertips.
 Our educational philosophy is rooted in empowering students to reach their full potential as they grow from the learners of today into the leaders of the future. We connect students that seek to be inspired with tutors that love sharing knowledge in order to develop self belief, curiosity, well-being and confidence in all our learners.
Launching in the London area, Sophia will be available to download via iOS and Android towards the end of the Summer, but we are now looking for exceptional tutors to join our team and are also happy to register interested parents.    Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.

For more details please visit our website.  www.sophia.app

Questions?   We'd love to hear from you.  Get in touch at hello@sophia.app 
 
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Re: Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby lalectrice » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:58 pm

This sounds like a slightly souped-up version of uktutors.com
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Re: Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby coldatchristmas » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:31 am

Not sure how this sort of platform will match the children with tutors, surely the most important fact?
Appreciate that world is moving more and more this way but I do think compatibility is very important for tutors.
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Re: Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby lalectrice » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:16 am

I agree. The Uber model implies a dispensability that is at odds with the tutor-pupil relationship. Ideally tutorial agencies or introduction services function to enable a limited number of connections to be made, so that a pupil can find one tutor with whom to form an ongoing relationship. Unlike Bubble, for example, which primarily facilitates ad hoc or emergency childcare (though with the potential to reuse the same babysitter), people seeking tutors are looking for an individual who can really get to know their child and her/his needs. A site like UK Tutors or a traditional tutorial agency charge a one-off introduction fee. Bubble etc require one to pay for each booking - not sure how Sophia operates on this front. That said, I have not used Sophia, so am not in a position to judge - hopefully it will be a great addition to an already very active market. 
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Re: Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby SophiaApp » Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:54 pm

coldatchristmas wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:31 am
Not sure how this sort of platform will match the children with tutors, surely the most important fact?
Appreciate that world is moving more and more this way but I do think compatibility is very important for tutors.

This is a great question @coldatchristmas!  

We totally agree that compatibility and more importantly rapport between student and tutor is a huge factor in the success of private tuition.  This is one of the reasons why Sophia will only offer face to face tuition as we don't think anything can replace the power of learning alongside someone passionate about their subject. 

The quick answer to your question is that Sophia doesn't match tutors and students together.  Quite the opposite as on the Sophia App Platform, we think parents know their children best and have (we hope) excellent links with schools - so we put the power into your hands to choose the tutor you feel would best suit the learning needs of your child.      

In using Sophia, parents are able to use the app to select the date / time / subject they require and can browse through our available tutors, review bios and feedback from other parents.  Rather than rely on the advice of an agency to select from their pool of tutors, parents have the opportunity to select those they feel would work best with their children at the time they need them most.     Already have a favourite Sophia tutor you wish to rebook - no problem!  

Bookings are instantly confirmed, payment to the tutor is cashless via Stripe at the end of the session and as members of the Tutors Association (a professional body for Tutors), we uphold all of the safer recruitment in education and safeguarding requirements including: enhanced DBS checks, verified references and meeting all of our tutors in person.   We also offer Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance for every tuition session booked on Sophia.  

The education team at Sophia is also on hand to give support to parents where needed as our leaders have over 45 years of leadership experience in the Independent Sector and 7 children between them so we'd like to think we know a little something about education.   

Our website is a great place to learn more about us but do reach out with any questions you might have

hello@sophia.app

Thanks again for a great comment!


 
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Re: Meet Sophia: The future of tuition

Postby YoungGiants » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:02 pm

This seems a great idea for those who prefer tech - is there an overall pedagogical philosophy to you work?

At Young Giants Tutoring, we focus on child-centred tuition, building a child's academic confidence to help them better engage with their own learning. Young Giants is run by qualified teacher, Jaime and we workshop our tutors in methods of teaching using the Growth Mindset and intrinsic motivation to better empower their tutees.

Our workshops mean that we've not only met our tutors but we've worked with them too.

We also undertake teaching for local authority children and in order to carry out this work we undergo regular, external Quality Assurance and Safer Recruitment spot checks. This gives parents the peace of mind that our standards never slip.  

Working with tutors, qualified teachers and special needs teachers for one-to-one tuition, we are fully insured and a member of NASEN.
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