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While it’s always great to meet face-to-face when it’s possible, in today’s world, online tutoring is the way to go. Even when we’re not in an era of social distancing, there’s nothing like calling up a tutor on-demand. The best online tutoring websites have thousands of instructors at every student’s beck-and-call, so kids can call up homework help if they’re up at 3 a.m. cramming or have a 15-minute window before heading to teen-friendly summer jobs. And since the schedules are so flexible and require less of a time commitment (and don’t involve a commute to a physical location), these sites can attract better instructors, with many holding advanced degrees in their stated subject areas. And many offer connected workspaces with digital whiteboards, collaborative text editing, and other tools that make students and tutors feel like they’re right in the same room together.
Plus, with so many tutors in these networks, you’re not just limited to the tutors who are available with our immediate area. That means within minutes, your students can be connected to an expert in whatever subject they need help in, from K–12 reading and math to advanced engineering to nursing. And it goes beyond academic subjects, too: You can also find assistance getting through figuring out college tests and essays, writing a resume, or doing a job interview. With that much brainpower at your fingertips, who wouldn’t sign up?
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Club Z is committed to finding the right match between tutor and student; students chat with tutors online before they book the appointment, and, if they’re not satisfied after the first lesson, the service will refund the first hour. It even does tutoring for pre-k, along with music lessons. The basic plan starts at $242 for four hours of tutoring.
This site doesn’t like to think of its instructors as tutors — it calls them mentors. The service comes up with a personalized workplan for each student, records all of its sessions for review, and also holds regular check-ins with parents. (And, if you’re just looking for a brush-up between sessions or school years, they offer free, printable worksheets.) Pricing starts at $21/month for one session per month, and goes to $900/month for 50 sessions over six months.
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Khan Academy isn’t really just a tutoring company; it’s meant to supplement a child’s education, with curriculum materials designed to either bolster classroom lessons or teach something entirely new. There isn’t any live or one-on-one instruction (just videos that students watch at their own pace), but the materials are 100% free.
For those who balk at the high cost of online tutoring, Learn to Be is a nonprofit that offers free and low-cost services for students who need it. (You choose if you can pay.) The caveat: This isn’t on-demand tutoring; you’ll need to fill out an application, which has sections that parents, school teachers, and students need to complete, before starting.
Preply is a boon to students who want to learn or practice another language with a native speaker; it hosts tutors from all over the world who are fluent in Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew, Urdu — you name it. Tutors are contractors who set their own rates, so the prices vary.
The Princeton Review acquired the popular Tutor.com, making it a one-stop shop for homework help, test prep, and tutoring — and it claims that more than 5,000 students take advantage every night. Most plans come with a better guarantee, and pricing starts at $40/month for one hour per month and goes up to $1,450 for 50 on-demand hours over six months (which divides out to $29/hour).
Revolution Prep boasts that its staff is made up of 100% full-time faculty — no side-hustlers here — who do more than 150 hours of training and development. (The site claims there are Jeopardy! champs and Ph.D.s in their ranks.) But you’ll pay for their expertise: Private tutoring is $1,200 for 12 hours, and small-group test prep is $400 for 12 hours.
Skooli has a pay-as-you-go pricing plan of $0.82 per minute, which is good if you want to use a tutor every once in a while when you’re stuck on a tricky homework question or want some last-minute study help; you’re not locked into a monthly plan, and you can connect to tutors 24/7. The site has tutors for all subjects and grade levels, including ESL and business courses.
Pearson’s Smarthinking boasts that 90% of its tutors have advanced degrees in their subject areas, so they know their stuff. There are tutors for every subject, but writing is the emphasis — as are resume reviews and interview prep, when it comes time for your student to enter the workforce. Prices range from $25 for an essay or resume review to $125/month for four hours of online tutoring.
Students with special needs require tutors who understand their learning styles. All of the this site’s tutors have at least a Bachelor’s Degree in special education, and the tutors find that the students do well with online tutoring because they’re in a comfortable and familiar setting (ie, home). Rates start at $25/hour.
TutorEye offers tons of flexibility in how it offers its services: You can choose between a live study session with a whiteboard-enabled classroom help or written, step-by-step help — and you can decide if you want to commit to a monthly plan or just do pay-per-minute. The pay-as-you-go system costs $0.50 per minute, while monthly plans start at $50 for two hours.
TutorMe claims it only accepts 4% of the tutors who apply to work with the site, so students only receive the best instructors. Lessons take place in a virtual classroom with a whiteboard, text editor, audio/video chat, and screen-sharing capabilities, and afterwards the lessons are archived for later review. Prices range from $1/minute for quick homework help to $119/month for four hours of lessons.
For a truly mobile tutoring experience, Varsity Tutors has an innovative app that lets tutors and students edit documents or work on math problems collaboratively. It’s helpful for students who may need help when they’re away from their laptops, either between classes or before sports practice. Pricing is available upon request.
Wyzant boasts it has more than 80,000 instructors lined up ready to help students with their studies. There are also a huge number of lessons already archived on the site, so students can brush up on popular concepts and quiz themselves to see where their weak areas are before booking a tutor. Prices vary by tutor and level of expertise.
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