Onboarding New Tutors – Part 3: Orientation

At this point, you’ve run a criminal background check and you’ve called references.  The CBC came back clear and all of the references had glowing things to say about your potential new hire.  Now, you’re ready to make an offer.

First, reach out to the candidate and tell them you’d like to offer them a job as a tutor.  Then, schedule an orientation. The orientation is a critical part of the hiring process because it outlines all of the expectations and job responsibilities for your new hire.  If you are hiring independent contractors, then you are limited on how much of this part you can actually do. Be sure to check with your attorney or accountant for guidance.

The first part of the orientation is spent reviewing the Employee Handbook.  Every business who hires employees has some sort of employee handbook or manual.  This lays out all of your policies and procedures related to your workers. Tutoring centers should be no exception.

An Employee Handbook should have at a minimum the following sections:

  • Company Information
  • Tutor Expectations
  • General Employment Information
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Tutor Responsibilities & Protocols
  • Professional Behavior

The next part of the orientation is to complete all of the necessary paperwork, which includes signing the contract and doing payroll and tax paperwork.  (Here’s a whole blog post dedicated to tutor contracts.  Be sure to check it out!)  Next, I give the tutor keys to the tutoring center and take them on a tour. You might also offer some type of training or professional development.

The orientation is an important step in the onboarding process.  It orients the tutor to your tutoring center’s policies and procedures and sets the tone for the working relationship between you and your tutor.

What questions do you have about orienting new tutors?  Ask them in our free Facebook group. There are a lot of tutoring center owners and directors in there who will be happy to help you.


Are you thinking about opening a tutoring center or scaling your current tutoring business? Check out our Tutoring Center 101 online course.  I’ll share step-by-step directions that will teach you how to open, operate, and successfully run a profitable tutoring center.

By | 2018-05-24T20:30:25-04:00 April 3rd, 2018|Opening a Tutoring Center|6 Comments


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