We realised really early on that the star of our show would be the teachers. RevisionBox will succeed or fail – based on how good our content is. Our teachers produce that content, making them the stars of our show. However the problem was – we didn’t have any of them…..
Finding top quality teachers was one of the hardest task during our early days – and we put a lot of effort into it. We found out that there is no quick or easy way to find good teachers, it basically involves following as many leads as you can. We spoke to teachers and ex teachers we knew, the CEO of Teach First, students and a former adviser to the education secretary in the UK. Everyone we spoke to gave us a few contacts – and we chased them all down, until we were talking to lots of teachers.
Once we made contact with teachers we began to speak to them about our ideas and vision for RevisionBox. We explained our goal of revolutionising education and exam revision. We told them how we planned to go about making it happen. Soon, we realised that these conversations with teachers were more than just sales pitches. Yes, we were partly trying to sell our idea to these teachers, but almost as importantly they were helping us refine our ideas. These teachers collectively had hundreds of hours of experience teaching students and were a goldmine of information and ideas. We modified our plans on length of lessons, launch subjects, format of lessons, course structures, live lessons and many other aspects of RevisionBox based on these initial conversions (luckily we also managed to get some awesome partner teachers on board!).
We were delighted at the enthusiastic response from most teachers, and we were very lucky to get some really great teachers on board early on. However it soon became obvious that not every teacher was right for RevisionBox – we needed teachers who were energetic, enthusiastic, talented, passionate about their subject and had the drive to put in the work required to design and script online courses. It was a tall order – and we had to turn some down along the way – but among all the teachers we spoke to, we found a few great ones (see our teachers profile page for two of them that have already filmed pilots)!!!
We are still recruiting teachers, e-mail Info@revisionbox.net for more details.