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Jimmy

jimmy@mytuition.nz

Jimmy graduated from the University of Auckland with a Civil Engineering degree (first class honours),and worked as a structural engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff before leaving to pursue his passion of starting a business.

He has a never ending stream of ideas on how to do things better, and running MyTuition gives him a perfect outlet to take advantage of this.

To the dismay of his parents, Jimmy refuses to consider returning to his stable engineering job and insists on focusing all his energy into improving and growing MyTuition.

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Roy

roy@mytuition.nz

Roy is fluent in 25 different programming languages that nobody else can understand; naturally he graduated from the University of Auckland with a degree in Software Engineering (first class honours).

As an IT genius, he spends his time building great software for MyTuition as well as working part time at Datacom, an international yet locally owned software development company.

After spending an extraordinary amount of time trying to come up with a witty closing line that non-tech people can understand, Roy gave up and is using this sentence instead.

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Samantha

samantha@mytuition.nz

Samantha graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology. Samantha truly is a people person, and Psychology was the perfect degree to help her better understand how people work and how they learn.

As an Education Advisor, she connects students with the perfect tutors and tracks their progress to ensure that they are succeeding. She is always working hard behind the scenes to come up with new and innovative ideas to further assist students.

Samantha is an avid member at Les Mills but doesn't like getting out of bed, so she prioritises chocolate over morning workouts.

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Jason

jason@mytuition.nz

Jason has a passion for youth, health, education and leadership. When he's not involved in making an impact with MyTuition, he runs his own education initiative for students interested in entrepreneurship, and also organises junior sports events around the country. He's volunteered on ambulances in Israel, completed in the Underwater Hockey World Championships, and served as a Head Residential Advisor during university!

Jason always puts others interests ahead of his own and enjoys watching others flourish. As a Community Manager, he brings people together through creating amazing positive experiences and makes sure that no-one feels alone. Jason brings a special flavour to the MyTuition team and the events he organises.

Jason doesn't drink coffee so has cold shower in the morning to make sure he's wide awake before he gets into the office. He's always looking for the next adventure and hates the idea of retiring :)

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Callum

callum@mytuition.nz

Callum graduated from the University of Auckland with a Criminology degree (first class honours). During his time at undergraduate level he completed too many majors to reasonably list in this space.

As a Tutor Manager, he uses the knowledge from his eclectic study and sound understanding of human character to make sure that every tutor has the right skills to excel. Importantly, he makes sure that every tutor feels a strong sense of community at MyTuition.

While his time at university has finished and he is occupied by his work at MyTuition: it would not be surprising if in future he were to acquire further majors and degrees until his capping gown is a technicolour dream coat.

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Jenny

jenny@mytuition.nz

Jenny left New Zealand to study at University College London. She managed to complete her Psychology degree with honours despite spending all her time blowing a fortune on shiny, pretty things.

She's now back in NZ and devoted her energy to the world of recruitment, where she also holds a position as Senior Consultant at Michael Page International. She applies her expertise in searching and attracting the best people to form the tutor team at MyTuition.

Not learning her lessons from London, she's continuing her unnecessary spending habits here, with the goal of taking over the world with her shoe collection.

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Celine

celine@mytuition.nz

After surviving her first year of University in the cold, uninhabitable student flats of the University of Otago - Celine escaped and completed her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland.

Having started off as a tutor with MyTuition where she received an absurd amount of good feedback, she has now joined the management team. Celine works to bring out the best in our tutors through training programmes and tutor workshops.

Dissatisfied by only having one degree, she is now pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and one day hopes to construct a virtual world consisting primarily of cats reciting 18th Century Prose.

Our story

Shortly after we started MyTuition, we realised why nobody else was doing what we were doing – because, well, no one else wanted to work 80 hours a week.

We quickly realised what a monumental task it was to arrange the right tutors for students and keep them on track through the year, which was why all our competitors were charging at least 40% more than us. We knew that we could do things so much better than everyone else but there was just the tiny problem of handling the number of students while keeping prices affordable.

Undeterred, we spent the last two years building a fantastic software platform that would allow us to do things a lot more efficiently. We did this in parallel with running the business manually, and it gave us a lot of useful feedback and experience to ensure that the final product allows each person at HQ to effectively keep track of our students and retain the personal connection that's so crucial to education.

Students and tutors can now also log into the platform, and it helps them keep track of everything that's going on. It's not just an organisational system for us, but also a learning management system which ties directly into each lesson. We have a lot of future features planned which will help them better plan their lessons, see their progress, and understand what they should be doing next.

A message from the founders

Jenny thoroughly enjoyed her high-school years, Jimmy's on the fence, and Roy's on the opposite side of that fence. Nobody's high-school journey is an easy one, and it certainly doesn't help to have homework, assignments, and exams to stress over amidst it all. We each stumbled a bit more than necessary; we all made mistakes - some more embarrassing than others.

Everyone has that fantasy of going back to a time and place armed with the knowledge they have now. It probably wasn't very healthy for us three to dwell on those "if only" moments, but it laid the foundation upon which we eventually built MyTuition. As a high school student, all you're focused on is the next day's homework or the next week's test, without seeing the bigger picture of how everything fits together, or where you want to end up.

All of us here at MyTuition from team leaders to individual tutors have recently been through all that, and we get it. That's why we do what we do, because we want that knowledge and experience to be passed on to the next generation of students.

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