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.
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.
Ander studied at both Victoria University and AUT and graduated with a degree in International Studies and a minor in International Business. She grew up moving around the world, and on top of being a people person, has experience interacting with people from many different cultures.
At MyTuition, she helps students find the perfect people to help them through their challenges, as well as constantly innovating to improve these partnerships.
When Ander isn't working at MyTuition, you can find her cooking/baking up a storm, curled up with a book or out exploring with her camera and friends. She may or may not have secured her job by bribing with her delicious baking.
Leighton is currently studying a Computer Systems Engineering degree at Auckland University. He has been programming since early high school and knows both software and hardware like the back of his hand.
Behind the scenes, Leighton works with Roy to develop new features that the rest of the team use to provide the MyTuition community with the best service possible.
Talk geek to Leighton and you will see a spark of passion in his eyes, then again that might just be the caffeine.
Jen is currently studying a conjoint degree in Chemistry and Law but no, she doesn’t know what she wants to do with it and doesn’t know how many more years she has to go! She always throws herself into both academic and sporting challenges with great enthusiasm and believes she can do anything if she tries hard enough. Whatever she ends up doing in future, Jen wants to put her skills to work helping others and hopefully making the world a better place.
She is never content with doing things the same way they have always been done simply because it’s easier and her experience as a tutor gives her a very useful perspective here at MyTuition.
When not at MyTuition Jen is probably binge watching TV shows, knitting or getting as muddy as possible while running, always with large amounts of coffee!
Kahn studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Auckland, originally starting off as an English tutor at MyTuition where he became one of the top five tutors in the company. He volunteers at helpline agencies, and will continue with Honours next year, hoping to pursue his passion to become a psychologist.
Using his insight from studying the social sciences, Kahn helps the tutor community flourish by running workshops, sourcing resources and developing events. Enjoying interacting with all kinds of people, he is in a perfect position to empower and mentor both students and tutors, helping them become the best versions of themselves.
Often being asked if he can read minds, Kahn will admit that he can't, then again that doesn't stop him from trying
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
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.