Tutoring School Quits Business Under Pressure of University
Private Tutor Says He Will Not Practice This in Letter To University Official
One cram parlor and an old-fashioned private tutor have closed up shop because of the University's establishment of the Bureau of Supervision of Students, it was revealed yesterday.
The University Tutors, which was founded in 1931 by Joseph Hurwitz, failed to open its doors this fall. It was the first tutoring school to adopt the practice of mass reviews after William "The Widow" Nelen died. It was also the first school to use high-powered salesmanship methods and extensive advertising.
In a letter to a University official Fletcher Briggs announced that he was taking a "vacation" in Cambridge and would do no tutoring for the present. Briggs was formerly a Harvard instructor in German and has been tutoring privately for the past eleven years.
Briggs Aided German Department
Briggs has rarely advertised and his school had never given a mass review. All tutoring was done privately in a manner very much like the new Bureau of Supervision. Briggs himself devoted most of his time to tutoring students sent to him by the German Department.
Although Briggs declined to give a statement yesterday concerning his "vacation" it is understood that inasmuch as the University in taking over much of his work, he would rather not continue in competition with establishments that do not conform to the University's tutoring standards.
The College Tutoring Bureau declined to comment yesterday on the closing of its kin, The University Tutors. The University Tutors was joined shortly after its founding by the College Tutoring Bureau which supplied mimeographed notes while University Tutors gave oral reviews.
A few years ago Hurwitz sold University Tutors to Mollie Freeman, who described herself as a "business woman who knew nothing about tutoring." Although Hurwitz turned over the ownership of University Tutors to Miss Free man the two schools continued to cooperate closely with one another.
When asked to give a statement yesterday the College Tutoring Bureau at first hesitated, but later definitely announced that they were "simply selling outlines" and had no connection with University Tutors