In 2015, Byron Zahm embarked on a journey of self-discovery to reclaim his life after losing everything and being forced to live out of his car. A true experience seeker and risk-taker, Zahm traveled across the country to find his new purpose in life. From working as a guide in Alaska for a year and a half to leading zip-lining courses in Minnesota, Zahm sought to make a bigger impact. That is when he discovered Tutor Doctor, the leader in one-to-one private tutoring.
In 2019, his life changed as his franchise journey began. Zahm has taken his ownership of Tutor Doctor by the horns. Earning company-wide praises, he has been named a Global Mentor at the company, serving as a mentor for both prospective and current franchise partners of the brand from across the world. His specialty? Touching others with his inspiring road of re-discovery and perseverance. While starting over can be scary, whether that be in business or life in general, you are never alone in your journey. Zahm has some words of advice for others going through a similar situation as a reminder that everyone can overcome even the most difficult times.
Build bonds with quality people. Zahm puts a lot of trust in his employees, clients, and corporate, all of whom he owes part of his success. When you surround yourself with good people, your confidence begins to soar in every aspect of life. His equation to success is hiring great people that turn into great tutors who then put forth great systems that result in great reviews and great success. The self-proclaimed “matchmaker for education” loves connecting families with tutors – it’s actually his forte. Zahm has been invited to speak on four Global Team Calls for the company, sharing his success in converting consultations into loyal clients. In fact, his first consult as a Tutor Doctor owner ended up being his first client and they still have a great relationship to this day.
Take the leap of faith – you never know what may come out of it. Zahm’s greatest challenge in starting over was the fear of past failures and risking it all once again not knowing the outcome. Never be afraid to branch out and try something new. Zahm had a background in sales but made a few career jumps along the way before he decided on entrepreneurship. Now, it’s the thing that changed his life. “Faith without action is merely hoping. Faith with action is, believing. And believing is everything!” said Zahm. Having the courage to start over is something not many people have. Believe in whatever it is you are doing – trust the process. Zahm is eternally grateful that Tutor Doctor gave him the opportunity to restart his life, and encourages others to trust and take that leap of faith as well.
Lorelei Reddin | 16 February 2022 | 1-min read | Yahoo News
A SOUTHAMPTON businessman has swapped his corporate career at McDonald’s for the classroom.
Adie Twining’s new venture is the in-home and online tutoring company Tutor Doctor.
Reshaping his career during the pandemic, he has already helped a number of students in and around Southampton and Salisbury.
After almost three decades of working for McDonald’s, Adie wanted to do something that improved the life chances of young people and enabled him to retain his involvement and active fundraising with local charities Simon Says and Ronald McDonald House, both of which are close to his heart.
He told the Daily Echo: “I’ve already been able to help so many local families and children. Schools are doing a great job, but with the learning loss from the pandemic, they are under pressure, and we can help support students, families and schools with this catch-up. As a local resident, that means a lot to me.”
After graduating with a Business Studies degree from Southampton University, Adie started working for the fast-food giant and worked his way up the corporate ladder to become Director of Franchising. It was not until the pandemic hit, coupled with his family commitments, that he left his successful corporate life of 28 years to run his own business.
Adie and his wife Tracy have seen first hand the difference private tutoring has made to their three children, building on school learning.
“We have worked hard to attract an outstanding group of local tutors,” added Adie. “They share our vision and are fully committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience for the young people whose parents entrust us with their education.”
Kim Rohr, co-owner of Tutor Doctor Gateway & East Mesa, weighs in on how children’s mental has been greatly effected after two years of the pandemic. Seeing it first-hand as a parent herself, Kim discusses how COVID has taken a major toll on students’ lives, including their learning, with more parents reaching out for academic support for their children. Watch Kim’s segment with NBC Phoenix to learn more.
How will children’s education franchises grow out of COVID and how will they make the learning experience more positive for children?
Posted: 03 Feb 2022 | 6 minutes read by What Franchise
As the world continues to recover from a testing two years, the beginning of 2022 presents an ideal opportunity to reflect on the way businesses and their markets have been affected by the pandemic. For the education industry, in particular, the future certainly looks different now to how it may have done pre-pandemic, with further importance placed on mindfulness and meeting the personal needs of individuals. The in-home and online tutoring company, Tutor Doctor, reviews projections for how children’s education franchises will be reacting and growing out of COVID, as well as making the learning experience more positive for children who require the services of a high-quality, personalised education brand.
The number of students being home-schooled has been on a steady rise since 2012 but has spiked significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking forward, the tutoring market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around eight per cent from 2021 to 2026. This trend results in an increase in demand for support as parents struggle to navigate the complexities inherent with home-schooling their children. As more children around the UK and globally continue to expose gaps in their education due to contingencies such as online learning not meeting the required high standards, parents are turning to private companies to supplement this lost learning.
Frank Milner, president of Tutor Doctor, sees this movement reflected in the growth and development of the brand, which continues to supply the increasing need for its high-quality services. “It’s no surprise that we’re seeing a moment of significant growth for the domestic and international tutoring market in 2022,” says Frank.
“The last two years not only created problems and added pressures in the education industry but identified huge gaps in how education is delivered in a world where sophisticated technologies are at our disposal. While mainstream educators did what they could with the help of Zoom and other software to keep classes involved and engaged, a drop-off in the overall attainment level was natural, which is exactly why families are turning to private tutors to supplement their children’s needs.
“We’re incredibly proud of how we’ve approached the pandemic as an international community of passionate educators. This has enabled us to expand and reach local markets that didn’t previously have access to high-quality in-home and online tutors. It has certainly affirmed our intentions to continue this throughout 2022.”
It is understandable, therefore, that the theme for students in the coming calendar and academic year will be all about catching up. When schools reopened in the UK in March 2021, it was estimated that primary school students were an average of three-and-a-half months behind educational benchmarks in maths and roughly two months behind in reading. Therefore, much of the learning in 2022 will be focused on catching students up to meet educational benchmarks for their cohort while preventing them from falling behind in learning goals for this year.
The National Tutoring Programme is just one way this will begin to happen, and individual schools, teachers, parents, and tutors will all play a role in helping students to close their COVID learning gaps. Tutor Doctor is also assisting in these efforts, with some franchisees having been NTP accredited. These locations include Cambridge, Beeston Park and most recently Bristol.
A significant lesson from the pandemic, meanwhile, is the importance of emotional learning and employing mindfulness in schools, which was also seen pre-pandemic. Studies have found that one-half of parents report their child’s mental wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and surveys indicate that 74 per cent of teachers and school staff feel school closures have impacted students’ mental health.
“This year is very much about ensuring the full recovery of students’ learning,” explains Becky Ward, the education experience specialist at Tutor Doctor. “Academically as well as making sure they’re mentally prepared and in a positive enough position to learn after suffering disruptions to their overall development is imperative. We are all taking away a lot from the last two years, and it is now all about how we can flip a traumatic time on its head and make it positive moving forward.
“One way this will be achieved is through technology. It is very likely that we will see more focus placed on developing and improving educational technology to increase its effectiveness and accessibility for all students. This will be especially valuable should more school closures occur in the future. It is also likely that we will see more technology incorporated into in-person learning as tutors, teachers, and policymakers reflect on those things that worked well with online learning and devise ways to replicate it in the physical classroom and/or in-person tutoring setting.”