Student Performance Tracking Simplified

student performance

One of the most important aspects of tutoring is being able to track your student’s performance. When you track student performance, you have solid proof that the investment the student is doing in your services is paying off. You probably know exactly where your students stand and how much they have improved, however, showing them a graph with their progress might be a little easier than explaining it verbally.

We’ve recently created a new add-on for Teachworks that allows you to track results for students such as test scores, quiz scores, and any other performance that can be tracked using a number. This add-on allows you to create a group of results for a student and then add individual results with a date and value.

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A student’s result groups are displayed on their profile and you can click a link to view the results for a specific result group.  The result group page displays a line chart of the results with a list of the individual results right below the chart.

 

You can find instructions for enabling and adding results here:  Results Tracking Add-On

 

An Easy Way to Track Other Teacher Compensation

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We all know teachers work very hard to earn their money. Besides paying teachers for hourly rates, do you ever pay your teachers bonuses, referral commissions, reimbursements or any other type of teacher compensation?  If you do, then you can easily keep track of these with Teachworks’ feature for recording teacher compensation.

Under the teacher hours profile, you will have an organized view of all teacher compensation. This view, allows you to filter the date range to find specific information on lesson hours, other hours, other compensation and total payments made to the teacher.

Teachworks automatically calculates a teacher’s earnings for teaching and non-teaching hours, but for other forms of compensation that aren’t tied to hourly work you can record transactions by following these steps:

  1. Click on “Employee Hours” under the Employees tab.
  2. Find the Employee in the list and click the View icon.
  3. Under the “Other Compensation” heading, click the “Add” link.
  4. Complete the forms with the compensation details and submit it.
  5. The transaction will be displayed below in the “Other Compensation” section.

When you’re ready to pay the teacher you can check the box next to the compensation transactions the same way you do with the teaching and non-teaching hours and the amount will be added to the total payment in the payment form.

Finding Available Teachers Quickly

In Teachworks, most tables include a search field that allows you to quickly search for records that match your term on any one of many fields by typing it into the search field. When it comes to finding available teachers quickly, this is a very important feature. Currently, the search matching criteria is filtered by city, subjects or status.

finding available teachersWe’ve recently added an advanced search feature to the employee table to improve the search function and help you finding available teachers fast and efficiently.  This search feature allows you to search by individual fields or by multiple fields at once.

Searchable fields include the employee’s first name, last name, email, city, postal or zip code, subjects, and teacher status.  You can also choose to sort the results by any of the search columns either ascending or descending.

This search feature speeds up the search process especially when matching a student to a teacher by looking for a teacher in a student’s area that teaches the student’s subject.

 

Using the Lesson Cost and Wage Premiums Feature

Lesson cost and wage premiums

In some situations, you may want to charge certain students a higher rate for each lesson and/or pay a teacher a higher rate. In such case, you can use the lesson cost and wage premiums feature to add an extra charge to the student lesson automatically.

For example, if a teacher needs to travel more than 20 miles to meet with a student you might want to add a premium to the student’s normal fee and pay the teacher a higher wage to compensate for the extra travel time.

To automatically apply lesson cost & wage premiums to a student’s lessons you’ll need to complete 3 steps:

1. Enable Cost & Wage Premiums in your Account Settings.

2. Add cost & wage premiums to your premiums list.

3. Set the cost & wage premium on the student’s profile under the Billing section.

These steps are covered in this Knowledge Center article: Cost & Wage Premiums

Lesson cost premiums are only applied to students that are billed per session using the cost set on the student’s profile or the cost set in the service list.  For students billed using the Package method or the Flat Fee method, you should include any additional costs when you invoice the student for the package or flat fee.

However, the wage premium is available for all billing methods, so even if a student is billed by Package or Flat Fee, you can still pay the teacher a wage premium for each of these lessons.

Viewing Uninvoiced Lessons in Teachworks

If you generate invoices at the beginning of your billing cycle, it’s very important to make sure that lessons scheduled after the invoice was generated are added to the invoice or added to a new invoice. Viewing uninvoices lessons can help you determine which ones have been included and which ones have not. (more…)

Rich-Text on Automated Email Lesson Notifications

Rich-Text on automated email lessons notifications allows you to make emphasis on key points and organize the information into sections. Teachworks supports a wide range of automated email notifications that help improve communication with your employees and clients.  These email notifications include lesson reminders, cancellation notifications, and lesson notes. Other notifications available are welcome emails for new clients,  new invoices, overdue invoice reminders, payment receipts and more.  (more…)

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