There’s no academic panic like the night before an exam when you can’t fully comprehend the words in front of you, no matter how many times you read them. Then you want to help. But where are you headed?
I’ve already played the professor’s lecture dozens of times. It is possible that the teaching assistant is fast asleep and cannot respond to your frantic messages. And your friends may not know more than you do. An online tutor can be just a ticket to keeping your grade — and your safety.
Some services offer 24/7 assistance at such moments. And they can all be great resources before things reach the point of panic. Whether you want to get ahead academically, just have a few questions that need answering from a subject matter expert, or are preparing for a big test, online tutoring may be the right answer for you.
Another smart reason to use an online tutor is the cost. Online tutoring tends to be relatively inexpensive (often starting at $30 or so for an hour) compared to in-person tutoring, which can often cost a hundred dollars or more per hour. Some services are free even for qualified students.
When choosing one that works for you, write a list of goals you have to tackle with the service or tutor, set a budget, and consider not just the cost of the service but the flexibility of plans and payment (services can charge by a minute, hour, month, or year). And see if you can meet the teachers beforehand or switch if necessary.
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We have compiled some of the best online tutoring services that can see you through your classes and boost your test score. All of the services on this list are highly reviewed online by both the students who use them and the teachers who work on them. They cover a range of levels (from kindergarten to professional advancement), subjects, and needs.
Araliya(Opens in a new window) It provides tutoring and more for students in grades 1 through 12. One-to-one tutoring is available for course subjects and even some guidance for specialized projects. There are courses for small groups of three to seven students in academic subjects such as algebra and Spanish, as well as test preparation for the AP, ACT, and SAT tests. Aralia is unique in offering courses that can make students stand out when it comes to college applications, including compiling art and writing files, preparing for competitions, and skills such as public speaking. Aralia maintains List of competitions for high school students(Opens in a new window) It provides guidance for all of them. The price varies, but the consultation call is free.
Z . Club Lessons(Opens in a new window) It starts with a test, but it’s one that you can pass easily. You will be asked which topic you are seeking help with, grade level, and the days and times you would like to teach. It then sends you a list of available teachers that you can check their profiles, schedules, reviews, and rates before choosing one. You can even chat with them through the site. Teaching at Club Z Tutoring begins in pre-kindergarten and extends into college. You can get help with teaching by topic or with things like study skills and improving writing. There is test preparation for college entrance exams, graduate studies, and even expert advice from college admissions counselors. Club Z also has a school support program for homeschooled students, as well as private tutoring for those with ADHD and learning disabilities. The price varies.
learn to be(Opens in a new window) This is the service you can turn to when you need tutoring for kids in grades K-12 but don’t have the funds for it. Fill out the application(Opens in a new window) It asks you what the student needs help with and financial need, and this nonprofit may be able to match you with a tutor. If you can pay something, that’s welcome, but if not, tutoring is free. Learn to Be primarily works with students who are adopted children, homeless or from low-income families. It has a breakdown of its services and the number of students on her site(Opens in a new window). Most teachers are volunteer high school and college students who have committed to attending 60 to 90 minutes of lessons at least once a week. Private lessons are conducted on a site called BigBlueButton(Opens in a new window) It has video and text chat capability, dashboard, and screen sharing capabilities.
Collimated(Opens in a new window) It is designed to help students with learning differences, such as dyslexia or ADHD, develop their skills in reading, writing, and math. Its teachers use a multisensory approach that combines auditory learning, visual learning and kinesthetic (body movement) learning. Parallel offers a free goal setting session and then subscription pricing.
Preparing the revolution(Opens in a new window) It is distinguished by the fact that all of its teachers work full time in the company. It offers individual or class lessons (up to three students) for math, science, English, foreign languages, history, social science, and computer science for kindergarten through college age. One-to-one tutoring starts at $1,398 for 12 hours and classes start at $199 for five hours. Revolution Prep also has tutoring and classes for AP and college admissions exams, which are priced according to the package you choose. For last-minute questions, live homework help is available for grades 6 through 12 seven days a week for $99 a month.
Scully has private tutoring for students from elementary school through college. Teachers must have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the field they teach, a teaching license, or a specialized certification in their field. There is a pay-as-you-go option, at 82 cents per minute, 73 cents per minute for eight hours, 70 cents per minute for 16 hours, or 65 cents per minute for 32 hours. Teaching sessions can be replayed if you need a refresher. The only thing Skooli does that is not very common is that it lets you choose a teacher. You can view profiles and then choose someone who seems to best suit your needs and book with them. If you need help ASAP, you can see which teachers are online and get private lessons right away.
smart thinking(Opens in a new window) It provides private tutoring for those in middle school, high school, college, graduate school, and vocational schools. On average, their teachers have 12 years of experience working with students and more than 90% of them have advanced degrees. Help is available in more than 150 subjects. There is also career assistance available for those applying for jobs who can use reviewing application essays, employment profiles, resumes and cover letters, as well as interview practice. There are different pricing plans, the most popular being four hours of on-demand tutoring for $150.
Tuta Point(Opens in a new window) It has tutoring available in 50 subjects for elementary through high school students for $50 an hour. The site also contains test preparation, including for students with learning differences. TutaPoint teachers are certified teachers, retired teachers, teaching assistants, professors at colleges and universities, and experts in their field. Private lessons are available 24/7.
If you need help right away, try TutorMe, which matches students in high school through college and beyond with available teachers as quickly as possible. Apart from an extensive list of subjects, there is test preparation for college entrance exams as well as for postgraduate exams. TutorMe is not exclusive to traditional students; It has an extensive and varied list of tutoring for professionals, whether they are in the field of IT or fashion. Teachers have teaching or teaching experience and must be experts in their field; Each teacher’s qualifications appear on their profile. TutorMe offers a free trial. You can pay $1 per minute or sign up for two hours per month ($69), four hours per month ($119) or eight hours per month ($209).
squash teachers(Opens in a new window) Online teaching is available for preschool to professional levels. They cover a range of topics as well as entrance exams for all levels of school and certification and licensing exams for many professions. There are private lessons for art, chess and music. The price varies.
wise(Opens in a new window) Geared towards high school and college students who need help with their STEM classes. It has video-on-demand lessons for $180 per year or $29.95 per month. Students can ask 10 questions per month. There is also test prep for MCATs and LSATs as well.
and weighed(Opens in a new window) It is a smart choice for students of any age, from kindergarten to graduate students. The wide range of topics covered by Wyzant also make it a good resource for job applicants looking to learn a skill or aspiring musicians considering picking up an instrument. Teacher qualifications vary by subject and each teacher must pass the Wyzant Proficiency Test. Teachers set their rates by the hour, and wizards shipment(Opens in a new window) Service fee.
Going beyond class
Sometimes you may want to step away from the academic path to learn something. Many online learning services can help you acquire a new skill, take a class from a teacher, or pursue a hobby. There is no pressure when it comes to time or grades, so your curiosity is your only guide.
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