One of the new trends in higher education that is likely to become mainstream in 2015 is online tutoring. The year that just ended saw the launch of several tutoring start-ups, across the world – including Canada. The interest in this type of online service will undoubtedly increase, given the disruptive nature of these new Web 2.0 businesses, their technologically savvy customers, along with the ease of access to and affordability of online tutoring.
There are several business models, and the market will decide in the end which ones are most viable. They range from a pay-per-minute service to monthly subscriptions, although most involve connecting live with an actual person via phone, video conference or other on-screen interface (interactive whiteboard).
Some of the larger – and more significant – differences in terms of the quality of service received by clients are due to the location of the tutoring firm or independent tutor. Several service providers have outsourced the work to Asia (e.g., India), given significantly lower labour costs and potentially higher profit margins. If you’re to choose, do your research and select the firm/tutor that makes most sense for you; remember though the old saying, usually you get what you pay for.
Online tutoring services to consider – particularly for American and Canadian students – include:
https://www.firsttutors.com/, Twitter: @firsttutors (EduNation LTD, Morecambe, Lancashire, UK)
https://helphub.me/, Twitter: @HelpHubHQ (HelpHub, Vancouver, BC)
https://instaedu.com/, Twitter: @InstaEDU (InstaEDU, Inc., San Francisco, CA)
http://www.nettutor.com/, Twitter: @nettutor (Link-Systems International, Inc., Tampa, FL)
http://www.tutor.com/, Twitter: @tutordotcomHE (Tutor.com, Inc., New York, NY)
http://www.tutoruniverse.com/, Twitter: @TutorUniverse (Tutor Universe, Inc., Iowa City, IA)
http://www.universitytutor.com/ (Johnson Educational Technologies LLC, Dover, DE)