Bay Area Tutorial, Inc.
Bay Area Tutorial Policy and Procedures for Tutors
What is Required
Bay Area Tutorial require tutors to have an AA or AS degree. Also, we require you to have
previous teaching or tutoring experience. In addition, you are welcome to teach subjects, grades,
levels and standardized tests outside the scope of any license, certificate or prior classroom
experience you may have. While having these credentials and classroom experience can certainly
be an advantage, they in no way guarantee that you will be effective and successful. If fact, we will
reject many people with licenses, certificates and lots of prior classroom experience if they achieve
little or no results. Our primary concern is that you can teach effectively and successfully as well as
achieve positive results.
You Must Know The Material
You must thoroughly know the course content for each subject, grade, level and standardized test
you wish to teach. This includes ALL central concepts and main ideas as well as basic concepts,
definitions and details of the course. In addition, you must know ALL the prerequisites for EVERY
topic in the course, including those from previous courses.
For example, percentage problems are usually taught in seventh grade math. In order to teach
percent problems, you've got to thoroughly know all facets of percents including the exact definition
of a percent, converting percents to and from fractions and decimals, solving basic percent
problems, etc. Moreover, you must know all previous topics involved in solving discount problems
successfully, including how to convert a percent to a fraction or decimal, how to multiply and divide
fractions and decimals, the exact definitions of a fraction and decimal and how to multiply and divide
Since most of students’ books effectively present the material covered in grade 1 to 12 subjects and
standardized tests (and are inexpensive), you can use them to review anything you may have
Familiarity with Standards
You must know your subject matter, grade, level and standardized test you wish to teach. It's not
enough to thoroughly know the course material for a particular subject. You've also got to know
exactly which topics to include and which ones to skip.
For instance, basic addition facts are supposed to be mastered in first grade, the times tables in
third grade and percent problems in sixth and seventh grades. So, if you wish to teach first through
seventh grade math, you must know exactly which topics belong to which grade. (Of course, if a
fourth grade math student doesn't know all his basic addition facts, times tables and how to subtract
whole numbers, you'll need to thoroughly teach all these topics in addition to those which make up
the fourth grade math syllabus and standards.)
High school students in California must pass the California State Exit exam that includes sections on
Math, English, Science, and History. Also, college bound students must prepare through the
PSAT/NMSQT and must pass the SAT for entrance into college. Obviously, you must thoroughly
know the content, scope and format of the exams given in the subjects you wish to teach.
You Must Be Articulate
The tutor should possess a complete knowledge of the course content, syllabus and standards for
each course and standardized test you wish to teach our students. You must also be well versed in
each subject matter and be able to articulate concepts well. This means you must be able to clearly
and logically organize all course topics in your mind and successfully communicate them to the
student. In other words, you must have the ability and skill to enable a student to understand, learn
and master topics not previously known or poorly comprehended.
Indeed, one of our goals in having you complete our interview is to see how clearly you can express
yourself and how effectively you can teach. We'll judge your explanations for clarity, completeness,
logic, common sense and the other qualities that separate good teaching from bad.
You Must Follow Professional Standards
Since our reputation is of paramount importance, we will not tolerate words or deeds that hurt our
good name. We're always guided by the highest standards of professionalism and integrity in our
dealings with parents, students and tutors. Likewise, we expect our teachers to embrace and follow
these same high standards of professionalism, integrity, maturity, honesty and common sense with
our clients and us. Consequently, we'll never offer a position to anyone we believe is unwilling or
unable to act in accordance with these principles.
You Must Follow Procedures
To enable our tutoring service to work smoothly and effectively, we've developed a streamlined and
logical set of procedures for our teachers and us. You must follow certain procedures when you first
make contact with a new student's parents and then arrive to give the first lesson. You must know
and agree to follow these and the other procedures as a condition to being offered a tutoring
position with us.
You Must Apply Effective Tutoring Techniques
We've learned many important things in providing private, home tutoring to those with educational
needs. Perhaps most important is the comprehending difference between a good, successful tutor
and a bad, ineffective one is . . . technique. Yes, it's using proper techniques with the realization that
many good classroom techniques don't work in a home tutoring situation, and vice versa.
Whether or not you've actually taught in a classroom, think of the many differences between a
teaching a class and a giving a lesson. As a classroom teacher, you'll have twenty to thirty (or even
more) students to teach. Teaching is frequently interrupted by attendance, giving quizzes, unruly
students, fire drills, assemblies, etc., etc. In addition, the teacher usually has to gear his lesson
plans to the class median realizing that the slower students will be left behind while the brighter ones
will be bored silly. In private tutoring, on the other hand, there's just one student, with no attendance,
fire drills, assemblies or discipline problems to steal time from the actual teaching. The lesson plan is
always geared to that one student and, because of the one-to-one relationship, neither quizzes nor
exams are necessary. Obviously, very different techniques must be employed to make the most of
situations so completely different.
In addition, there are many misconceptions about the purpose of tutoring. Many people feel the
tutor's main role is helping students with the next day's homework assignments and preparing them
for upcoming quizzes and exams. We strongly believe this is a complete waste of time and money. In
fact, there should be only one goal of tutoring . . . to enable the student to understand, learn and
master the course.
To fulfill this goal, some classroom techniques need to be adopted or adapted. We require our
teachers to clearly and completely explain every topic, including all definitions and basic concepts
involved. They must write up a complete set of notes so their students can study and review what
was explained. In addition, they must assign exercises, some to be done during the lesson and
others for homework, to practice, review and reinforce the material covered during that and previous
lessons. Finally, they must impose logic and organization to the sequence in which topics are taught.
BATS Tutor Contractor Agreement
All BAT, Inc. tutors are considered independent contractors. You have the option of refusing or
accepting work depending on YOUR schedule. You cannot be coerced into working on a fixed
schedule that’s NOT approved by you. You can terminate your services at any time (please give us
proper notification first). There are NO tax deductions and all income will be reported to the IRS on
BATS Tutor Termination Agreement
No previously employed BAT, Inc tutor can schedule sessions or make contact with the client as an
independent contractor after services has been terminated. All client-tutoring referrals must be
made through BAT, Inc.