Tutoring, just like education as a whole, is increasingly going digital. Sesh, a peer-to-peer tutoring app, and Brainfuse, a real-time tutoring service, are working separately to make one-to-one tutoring easier and more accessible to K12 and college students.
Sesh Tutoring is a new app that makes peer-to-peer, on-demand tutoring possible. Developed by Zach Saraf and Daniel Rossett, the on-demand tutoring service brings together confused students with peers who have successfully passed a college course or relevant assignment.
The existing tutoring options college students have, which include online tutoring, professional tutoring and university TAs, all come with their own disadvantages, something Sesh tries to break away from. Sesh is on demand, inexpensive, has flexible hours, and it offers tutoring classes tailored to the exact learning needs of students. Sesh’s co-founder explains how the service was conceptualized:
“The idea came from watching students starting to study for a test the night before an exam, and having no access to help,” Rossett says. “We soon realized that there are extremely limited tutoring options on most campuses in general, and that professional tutors cannot help for university-specific courses.”
The tutoring service is $25/hour with tutors getting $20/hour. For Rossett, the pricing is a win-win for everyone involved:
“Students are able to get on-demand tutors that know the exact material they are working on, and tutors are able to make twice as much as they would at other on-campus jobs and get to set their own hours. Tutors also solidify their knowledge by teaching others, which is not the case with other jobs.”
Using an algorithm, Sesh finds an appropriate tutor match for a student based on the student’s location, desired study hours, type of assignment and the number of people who need to be present during a tutoring Sesh.
Apart from Sesh, institutions and state libraries offer one-to-one tutoring services as well. Students in New Mexico in grades 1 to 12 get access to Brainfuse, a state-provided service that gives struggling students access to one-to-one help with their studies.
“I believe that every child can learn, and I am committed to giving them the tools they need to help them succeed,” the statement by Governor Susana Martinez said. “With this online service, our kids can work one-on-one with professional tutors when they need help with their homework.”
Brainfuse is provided through the New Mexico library system and the service is covered with U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services grants. The subscription costs are at $120,000. The tutoring service is available daily and offers video lessons, exercises and a writing lab, according to The Taos News.
All tutors have at least a bachelor’s degree and tutoring lessons are available for math, science, reading and writing. SAT and ACT preparation for college-prep students are also available through Brainfuse.
In a similar line, the Show Low Public Library provides online, live tutoring services to people of all ages at no cost. The one-to-one service is for any Show Low Public Library cardholder and is accessible through tutor.com.
Among the services students have access to are a real-time writing center, worksheets and a variety of videos and tutorials. Tutor.com has a network of more than 2,500 academic and career tutors.