Tutor.com featured at Congressional Technology Showcase

24/7 on-demand, online tutoring plays key role in future of learning

Washington, D.C., June 16, 2009 - Tutor.com is demonstrating its award-winning online tutoring and homework help service to Members of Congress in a closed session along with a select group of other innovative education companies including Intel, Apple and Scholastic today on Capitol Hill. The showcase is in conjunction with the House Committee on Education & Labor’s hearing on “The Future of Learning: How Technology is Transforming Public Schools.” The event is being hosted by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

“Education leaders across the country are making huge strides in the way proven technologies are being incorporated into the learning experience for our children,” explained George Cigale, founder and CEO of Tutor.com. “Our presence on Capitol Hill continues to drive home the message that every child can thrive when given access to quality academic help from expert tutors. Getting immediate one-to-one help, inside the classroom or after school when students often struggle alone, keeps students from falling behind unnecessarily, especially in mathematics and science where concepts are cumulative.”

Tutor.com launched its online tutoring and homework help service over a decade ago and has served over 4.5 million on-demand tutoring sessions. Every day thousands of students use Tutor.com’s virtual, instructional support services through their school or their local public library to get immediate help from a highly qualified tutor in core academic subjects such as math and science. Tutor.com has the largest network of certified tutors and an innovative mentoring program that provides tutors with regular feedback and professional development opportunities. This commitment to improving tutor performance reaps rewards for Tutor.com’s students, who consistently report that they are more confident in their academic abilities and often show full letter grade improvements.

How Online Tutoring Works
Whenever a student is stuck on a problem, studying for an exam or writing an essay, he/she gets online, completes a brief pre-session survey to provide relevant information such as grade level, the subject he/she need help in and their question. The student is then quickly connected to a highly qualified tutor in an online, interactive classroom. No appointment is necessary. The online classroom includes chat, real-time whiteboard with robust learning tools, web-browsing and file sharing capabilities. Students spend as much time as they need working with their tutor to understand the problem at hand. Once the session is complete, students may review their work or email a session transcript to themselves, a parent or a teacher.