Our Positions, Your Potential

We are educating to change the world, not to keep it the same.

If you work here, you know that we’re a crazy, fast-paced, innovative bunch, and we like finding other intense folk like us. We are educating to change the world, not to keep it the same. We are willing to change anything, so long as there is a solid case for the change. We are redefining what education is and what it can be, and we are inviting you to be part of that.

Below, you will find everything you can do at Vohra, and everything we hope you will choose to become.


Instructor

This is the base position. It’s what you already are!

Expectations

  • Work up to grading 5-8 students efficiently (depending on the difficulty of the students).

  • Maintain familiarity with all topics in which you are certified. This includes the continuous changes that our curricula undergo. Usually, these changes are minor and easy to keep pace with, but it is your responsibility to keep up, or ask!

  • Correctly fill out all reports and send report emails. Maintain all other book keeping items for each student (review questions, currently working on, etc.).

  • Ensure that you have perfectly functioning technology at all times during class! (It’s an online business, so this is huge. If your computer is faulty, get a new one. Otherwise, you won’t make it long in our tech-centered environment.)

Perks

  • Get to work in an awesome environment of people dedicated to the pioneering side of education!

  • Empower students AND improve our ever-changing curriculum.

  • Start out at $16.50 / hour. This includes your reliability raise of $4.50 / hour (which you can lose if you don’t show up for work, so be sure to show up!). It also includes your certification in main SAT Math.

  • Have the ability to learn all of our offered subjects, and gain the relevant bonuses for each. Those are all listed below:

 

SAT Reading:
SAT Grammar:
SAT Math II:
Calculus:
Physics:
Chemistry:
Biology:
Geometry:

+$2 / hour
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+$3 / hour
+$2 / hour
+$2 / hour
+$2 / hour
+$2 / hour

 

Below you will find an explanation of our teaching methodology (the biggest initial hurdle and the greatest improvement to teaching ability) followed by step by step instructions for getting certified in all of our subjects. Read them carefully and consult this list whenever you are looking to move up!


Our Teaching Methodology

This will be the most critical step for advancement in any topic. We need to know that you are confident and capable with the style of teaching we use here at Vohra, and it’s usually unfamiliar and counter-intuitive.

We believe that education is not something passed down from an authority to you. It’s something you yourself can figure out. The trouble is…we are the authority to these kids. That means, we go to great lengths to ensure that we are not giving answers to students, not giving many hints at all. We avoid every student attempt to get the answer out of us, or even a hint for the next step! We don’t give speeches about passages. We don’t really explain things. Sometimes, we’ll integrate explanations into worksheets, but they’re always followed up by critical comprehension questions.

Education is not something passed down from an authority to you. It’s something you yourself can figure out.

This means that as an instructor you have the important role of doing as little as possible in just the right way to accomplish as much as possible. That’s the hard part.

We teach this skill heavily, and it’s a lot of what you’ll get out of the frequent review process. It’s exciting and challenging to learn how much “help” really does or doesn’t work. Once you master it, you’ll easily move through other topics as quickly as you can learn them!


+ SAT/ACT Math Certification

You start with this $2/hr raise as part of your wage. You received it because you completed the Math Challenge and got at least 6 questions correct. In order to maintain that wage, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the entire SAT Math Challenge with 100% accuracy. Send to Chelsey. (Usually, incoming hires make a few mistakes on the Challenge. Now is the time to ensure those mistakes are fixed!)
  2. Review the entire SAT Math curriculum. You may do this through the VMH, or simply by looking at the questions. Ask any questions you have about the order of questions, their content, their answers, etc.
  3. Complete the entire SAT Math II Challenge with 100% accuracy. Send to Chelsey.
  4. Start grading students in SAT Math. Ask questions. Learn our teaching methodologies and reasoning. Learn how to JUST say "no". The response to a wrong answer is either "n" or a responsive worksheet. NOT a discussion of the nuances of mathematics, or that particular question. This will be the hardest phase of this process.
  5. After at least 3 weeks of working with students (and when you feel ready), email Chelsey and tell her that you are ready for a review. Identify a particular student you have worked with, and Chelsey will review your entire class interaction with that student. You will receive a lot of information which you can use to continue your growth as a Vohra Instructor!
  6. You may need to do this more than once. Keep this in mind, and be sure to consistently ask for guidance and review! It is your responsibility to ask!
  7. Continually ask questions and stay current with any curriculum changes in SAT Math.

Note: Requires a quick adaptation to our teaching style. Most importantly, our method of using struggle, not teaching, to build intelligence.

+ SAT Math II Certification

This will be largely combined with main SAT Math, so it shouldn't take too long. Here's how you can get the certification:

  1. After you have completed the Math II Challenge and all necessary curriculum worksheets, review the full Math II curriculum.
  2. Start grading students in Math II. You should speak up during class and ask for those students if you want training with them. Just make sure your Lead Instructor knows.
  3. After at least 3 weeks of working with students (and when you feel ready), email Chelsey and tell her that you are ready for a review. Identify a particular student you have worked with, and Chelsey will review your entire class interaction with that student. You will receive a lot of information which you can use to continue your growth as a Vohra Instructor!
  4. You may need to do this more than once. Keep this in mind, and be sure to consistently ask for guidance and review! It is your responsibility to ask for reviews (which will lead to the raise).
  5. Continually ask questions and stay current with any curriculum changes in SAT Math II.

Note: Must be fully adapted to our teaching style. Most importantly, our method of using struggle, not teaching, to build intelligence.

+ Verbal (Reading) Certification

This is the hardest certification to achieve. It will take a while. Here's how you get the certification:

  1. Review the entire SAT Reading curriculum. Ask as many questions as you can. It's a complex curriculum!
  2. Start grading students in Reading. You should speak up during class and ask for those students if you want training with them. Just make sure your Lead Instructor knows. Ask questions as you start working with students.
  3. After at least 3 weeks of working with students (and when you feel ready), email Chelsey and tell her that you are ready for a review. You will receive a lot of information which you can use to continue your growth as a Vohra Instructor!
  4. You will likely need at least 3-5 reviews before becoming fully certified, maybe more. Keep this in mind, and be sure to consistently ask for guidance and review! It is your responsibility to ask for reviews (which will lead to the raise).
  5. Continually ask questions and stay current with any curriculum changes in SAT Reading.

Note: Must be fully adapted to our teaching style. Most importantly, our method of using struggle, not teaching, to build intelligence.

+ Verbal (Grammar) Certification

If you were taught grammar (and you remember it all) this will be easy. If you were never taught, or you forgot it, this will be exciting! Here's how you get the Grammar certification:

  1. Complete Foundations of Grammar parts I and II. Send to Chelsey. Fix until 100% accurate.
  2. Start grading students in Grammar. Ask for students in this topic when you come in for class!
  3. After at least 3 weeks of working with students (and when you feel ready), email Chelsey and tell her that you are ready for a review. You will receive a lot of information which you can use to continue your growth as a Vohra Instructor!
  4. Recognize that you must be really, really proficient in grammar in order to grade it. Students will throw every curve ball in the book at you. They make their own sentences, there's no real answer key because answers are so varied. You're on your own for most of those questions.
  5. You will likely need at least 3-5 reviews before becoming fully certified, maybe more. Keep this in mind, and be sure to consistently ask for guidance and review! It is your responsibility to ask for reviews (which will lead to the raise).
  6. Continually ask questions and stay current with any curriculum changes in SAT Grammar.

Note: Must be fully adapted to our teaching style. Most importantly, our method of using struggle, not teaching, to build intelligence.

Further Point

At any point, you are welcome to ask us if we think you’re ready (especially if you feel fully ready). At any point, we may also approach you to let you know we believe you are ready. But! You should not wait for us to come to you. Send Chelsey emails; she will give you review and guidance to get to where you need to be (or she’ll give you the raise!).


Lead Instructor

This position is open to you usually after you’ve been with us for at least 6 months. Generally, we’re looking for people who have seen how we operate, seen the WHY behind what we do, and can communicate that fully to parents and students. We want people who are willing to take on a little more responsibility, and who can represent our company well. Feel free to ask, at any time, if we feel you’re ready for it. This position comes with a fancier title, and a pay bonus!

Expectations

  • Communicate with parents about technical issues, struggles during class, and any issues with bookings or payments.

  • Process any necessary invoices and scheduling that clients are unable to complete.

  • Maintain class order and respond to any problems as they arise. (You’ll also generally have someone on call to fall back on for a true emergency.)

  • Must have impeccable reliability. This position will not be scheduled in the same way. It will be a default shift assigned to you always. So, vacations should not be taken on that day with any regularity. You should only agree to run a shift as a lead instructor if you are reasonably certain that you will be available for that class 95% of the time or more.

  • Train new instructors as they come on the team.

  • Give assertive and consistent direction as needed to ensure that all students are properly handled and all new Instructors are appropriately paired with students at their level. This is the hardest skill to adjust to.

Perks

  • Be a leader.

  • Inspire and inform new instructors.

  • Guide the growth of students.

  • $2 / hour bonus

  • Gain the type of experience that will help you as a curriculum developer, private tutor, or both!


Private Tutor

In this position, you have even more autonomy than usual. So, we require even higher levels of intensity, reliability, and consistency. You will work with students on your own. You will need to run your own schedule, and respond to all parent emails that come your way (some of which may not be so happy). But, you will NOT need to do your own advertising! You’ve got the full weight of the Vohra curriculum and advertising budget behind you, as well as our brand.

That said, you will be an ambassador for our brand, so we do expect you to hold true to our principles while tutoring. It’s just like group class, only one-on-one.

Expectations

  • Feel comfortable handling difficult client situations, fielding aggressive questions, etc. You can always bring us in on any difficult situation (in fact we encourage it). But, be certain that you will be able to pivot any such situation towards the managing staff as needed.

  • Feel comfortable being on camera and talking to students verbally.

  • Be fully capable of setting your own schedule, setting your own appointments with students, and documenting those appointments on Google Calendar.

  • Be prepared to share Vohra methodologies with parents and students.

  • Feel comfortable developing a relationship with a student over time.

  • Be thoroughly solid in whatever course material you are teaching.

Perks

  • Develop meaningful connections with students and parents that will often last years.

  • Gain far deeper insight into the curriculum and how it works to educate students (or how it may need to be fixed).

  • Starting billable rate is $100 / hour. You take home $50, Vohra takes home $50.


Curriculum Developer

We need people with the right mindset to create the worksheets we use. But, this doesn’t just mean reading a prep book and creating exact replica worksheets. This position is one of the hardest to achieve. So, everyone starts out as a Curriculum Developer Apprentice! Basically, you’re just trying things out and seeing what works until you’re ready to do it in bigger and more independent ways! You should start thinking about these things from day 1, but you’re more likely to be ready for massive projects by 8 months to a year. This varies wildly, so just stay in touch with Chelsey and ask about your progress if you’re ever unsure.

Expectations and Requirements

This position requires insights into student psychology across the age span. It requires the ability to create new questions for students on the fly. Questions that don’t teach directly, but that derive the source of a problem and guide the student on his or her path to finding the solution. Questions that will make the next Vohra Method worksheet.

We’re looking at what to teach, how to teach it better, and in what order. We need to know what students can get wrong and how they might escape our tests and pretend, convincingly enough, that they know the material. We need a full suite of treatments for any issue that may arise. We are looking to offer the best overall learning experience through online formats, or otherwise. We are pushing the boundaries of what is possible to teach, when, and how quickly.

You need to be able to see a need or an opportunity when it arises, and have ideas on what to do about it. You should spend time thinking about unsolved problems that seem impossible, because those are the breakthroughs that we need. You should think about the tiniest of details (like our change from “hint” to “thought”) as well as the largest (like our decision to have a collection of challenging questions very close to the beginning of any curriculum we make). Feel free to ask why we made those changes and others as you start to explore what we create.

You should be willing to voice your opinions and defend them. And, of course, you should be able to collaborate with our team.

Perks

  • See your work quickly impact the minds of students.

  • Literally have the power to bring knowledge to life and immediately create the solution to any problem you see.

  • $3 / hour bonus

Steps

  1. Take notes! Chelsey always keeps a notebook (or three) at her desk at all times. You don’t want to forget ideas when you have them and you will always have them at the least opportune times. So, get used to jotting down reminders to yourself of things to do later, things to discuss with Chelsey, curriculum failures that you have no idea what to do with. Whatever it is, take notes!

  2. Watch this video to get an idea of what curriculum failures even look like!

  3. Ask questions about the curriculum, decisions we’ve made, new choices we’re making now, etc. Chelsey has office hours every day Monday - Thursday. This is what those office hours are for!

  4. Dive into any current project! Just start seeing what others are doing and how you can help. Set up times to discuss the projects with people. The Uberconference room is always available, and many employees work regularly during weekdays.

  5. See a need; take a risk. This program was perfected because people said “I don’t like this” and then just tried something else to fix it.
    What does “trying” look like? Think of a way you think it could be done better and send it to Chelsey. It can be a vague idea, a feeling, a couple of key questions, one single question, one core concept, a completely new worksheet of questions, literally ANYthing at all. If you really have no idea, just take the need or failure to Chelsey and discuss it. Chelsey’s office hours are specifically for these types of discussions!

  6. Fail. Many, many things we’ve tried have failed. Most things failed. Most things we try today fail. Most things we try tomorrow will also fail. So, fail. Then, learn from it. (And, seriously, don’t hesitate to meet up with Chelsey any day, every day, twice a day!)

Getting the Promotion

This is probably the hardest promotion we have. To get it, you’ll need to do all the above and actually make things that we use. It’s a whole new mindset that we’ll need to see in action, consistently, for months. However, it starts out in this Apprentice level of just experimentation and learning!