By Ariana Assaf, Daily Staff Reporter, The Michigan Daily
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a tricky homework question answered in the middle of the night or find a tutor who your friends have already used and recommend? Two new companies targeting students — one started by a University student — are working to do just that.
LSA sophomore Ryan Gottfried is helping students find tutors with his new website, TutorScoop. TutorScoop is an academic social networking site that connects students at the University with tutors who are trained in a range of subjects. Gottfried launched the website in beta form on Jan. 17, but developed it for about a year prior to its release.
TutorScoop aims to simplify the process for students to find tutors. There are currently more than 75 tutors and 300 students signed up, and these numbers continue to rise, Gottfried said.
“Thousands of UM students seek out tutors each year, and TutorScoop is here to finally make that process easier,” Gottfried said. The site not only enables tutors to find students online, but it also gives them the ability to build up their businesses and brand themselves. Bookings and payments are both done online.
TutorScoop empowers its student base by allowing customers to review their tutors and give recommendations to their peers. A student who finds a tutor with good reviews and a schedule that suits his or hers can book an appointment instantly. “We are quite literally a service for students, by students,” Gottfried said. Gottfried hopes to expand his program to other colleges in the fall and eventually add a video chat feature. A rewards program is also in the works. The hope is that students who are very active on TutorScoop can also earn benefits from local businesses.
InstaEDU, another paid tutor service founded by Alison Johnston, Dan Johnston and Joey Shurtleff, has a similar mission of helping both high school and college students find a tutor.
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