Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors – Why Work For Us?

Varsity Tutors provides a curated marketplace for high-quality tutors, online learning environments, and cloud-based assessments. Its curated, quality-controlled marketplace features some of the highest caliber private tutors in the United States. The company was created in 2007 to provide an alternative to the impersonal "cookie cutter" services offered by big-name tutoring companies. Varsity Tutors' mission is to improve the academic achievement of all students by providing customized, effective tutoring services that foster intellectual and personal development in a positive learning atmosphere. Students can access a powerful digital learning platform and are matched with a professional tutor who is best able to address their unique needs. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the academic achievement of all students by providing high quality individualized tutoring services that foster intellectual and personal development in a positive learning atmosphere.

How do we achieve this goal?

Varsity Tutors is committed to working closely with students and their families to provide customized, one-on-one tutoring instruction that helps students achieve their academic goals. Our experienced directors begin by assessing every student’s needs, selecting a tutor that is the best fit for each individual student, and monitoring students’ progress over time. Our elite group of tutors brings a wealth of experience in their individual fields of academic expertise to their students. They individualize students’ lessons and present materials and concepts in engaging, easy-to-understand ways that keep students motivated and on the road to success.

How do the tutoring sessions work?

  • Call us with any of your tutoring needs (homework, exams, test prep, etc.)
  • We will select the tutor who best meets your needs and has met our stringent requirements
  • The tutor will call you to arrange the sessions at a mutually agreed upon location or online
  • We can provide tutoring online, in your home, at a library, or anywhere else that is convenient

Want to see more? Varsity Tutors Testimonials

 From Chuck Cohn - FOUNDER & CEO


As a high school honors student, Chuck struggled to find a highly effective tutor who could help him with his more difficult Advanced Placement classes and standardized test preparation. The overpriced big-name national tutoring companies didn’t offer personalized service in specific subjects and spent little time on their tutor recruitment efforts. They also didn’t sufficiently leverage learning technology and content. Searching on directory sites or tutor marketplaces yielded spotty results. Cohn recognized that there was an opportunity to provide best-in-class tutoring at a moderate price in the comfort of clients’ homes and online by focusing on identifying outstanding tutors and eliminating the extra costs traditionally associated with national tutoring companies. In 2007, while he was a student at Washington University in St. Louis, Cohn recognized that two of his good friends would make perfect tutors: they were brilliant, friendly, and could explain difficult concepts better than any tutor he had ever had. Cohn founded Varsity Tutors and hired his two brilliant friends as the first two tutors. The feedback he received from parents was outstanding and so he began recruiting other talented individuals who had the communication and technical skills necessary to be amazing tutors. Since then, Varsity Tutors has grown to over 3,500 tutors across the United States, established a team of expert educational directors who oversee every aspect of the client relationship, and built powerful online learning technology that aids its tutoring.

Varsity Tutors Reviews

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    Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Academic Tutor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Varsity Tutors as a contractor (more than 3 years)


    Working as an "independent contractor" with Varsity is immensely fulfilling. I get to set my own availability and develop my own tutoring style. It's mostly evenings and weekends (when elementary/middle/secondary students are free), and the local geography is such that I'm usually driving against the rush rather than in it. The contract is non-exclusive, so one can pick up other students on the side. Supervisors respond to messages very quickly. The pay is good for the work; I am currently supporting myself almost entirely on tutoring. There are last-minute cancellation penalties as well to protect tutors from sudden changes. Other bonuses are available for long-distance clients, recruiting more tutors, and writing test-prep questions. There are also lots of test-prep, summer-school, and college students to keep me busy in the summers.


    Since tutors are not actual employees of the company, there are no benefits: Healthcare, 401k, et cet. And we are taxed at "self-employed" rates, which was very jarring for me at first. Tutors are also not compensated for materials, but sometimes it seems that clients are not aware of this, nor are they aware of other policies like session minimum lengths and cancellation penalties. Social life can be tricky too, since (again) it is mostly evening and weekend work. The end-of-month session log deadline is rather early in the evening; I am often still with a student when it passes. Christmas break can put a dent in the paycheck also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more direct with clients about the tutors' relationship with the agency. Also, please consider starting to withhold taxes.

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Varsity Tutors Interviews

Updated Jan 14, 2015
Updated Jan 14, 2015

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Varsity Tutors.

    Interview Details

    I filled out an online application giving my tutoring experience, then got contacted by email for an interview. We met at a Starbucks and the woman interviewing me kept it pretty short. I was asked about my current plans for school and work, basically to determine how long I intended to work as a tutor with the company. I was planning on just a couple of years and she seemed to like that response. Then she went through a few questions from the subjects I had listed in my application and asked how I would help a client work through the problem. She also assured me that she was not testing my academic abilities. So I did my best, which included explaining where to look to solve some problems I was unprepared to solve. Then she told me that I had the job, pending the background check. I got an official email with the job offer the next week.

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    • She asked me to treat her as a client with a homework problem from geometry. She came with three worksheets of problems from the various subjects I had listed on my application. I don't remember the exact question, just that I had forgotten how to do it.   View Answer
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    No negotiating. The offer was a contract, so you take it or leave it.
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Additional Info

Headquarters Saint Louis, MO
Size 50 to 149 Employees
Founded 2007
Type Company - Private
Industry Education

Varsity Tutors, one of the largest tutoring companies in the country, provides 1-on-1 online and in-person tutoring to students throughout the United States. We have over 4000 high quality tutors who provide personally tailored tutoring in most academic and test prep subjects from kindergarten through graduate school. In addition to our paid tutoring services, we provide free... More

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