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Tuesday August 25, 11:10 am Eastern Time
Help Has Arrived!
Tutornet.com Launches Internet Math, Science Tutoring For Grades 4-12;
www.Tutornet.com First Site to Offer Live Interactive Tutoring With Accredited Teachers
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- www.Tutornet.com, the first interactive tutoring site over the Internet for elementary, middle school and high school students, launched today on the worldwide web. The site currently offers scheduled live tutoring help in mathematics courses ranging from basic concepts to algebra, geometry, trigonometry and advanced placement calculus, and science courses including biology, chemistry and physics. Additional courses will be added in the near future.
"There are estimates that over 75% of math and science students at some time need additional help either to stay up with grade level performance or to truly excel. Private tutors range between $25.00 and $125.00 per hour and are not always available at necessary times. Many schools no longer have the budgets and resources to support after school tutoring. www.Tutornet.com is designed to fill this large and growing need," said Euburn Richard Forde, the founder and chairman of Tutornet.com, Inc., owner of the site. Tutornet.com will charge a monthly subscription fee of $59.99 for unlimited access.
www.Tutornet.com holds scheduled tutorials in the afternoon hours when students can access the site from school settings or their homes, and in early evening hours when homework should be done. Because the live tutoring is on the Internet, the hours are scheduled and tailored to the local time of the students.
Tutornet.com's experienced Internet tutors are referred to as Netucators(TM). The Tutornet.com application enables both Netucators and students to easily create and work out even complex math and science formulas and problems using numbers, letters, shapes and symbols, just as if they were working together on a sheet of paper in the same physical room. Tutornet.com includes a whiteboard facility that can be used like a whiteboard in a classroom, and in addition, it includes a toolbar that facilitates the easy creation of shapes, symbols and formulas. Netucators use pen-mice that enable them to write on the virtual whiteboard to work out problems or write freehand messages. The tutorial methods and Netucator training programs are developed by Tutornet.com's Educational Advisory Board, chaired by Philemon Oyewole, Ph.D., a professor at Howard University. The curricula are derived from the award-winning Fairfax County (VA) school system programs.
As students log on, they select the subject area that they want help with and are then automatically placed in the classroom with the fewest number of students at the time. Once they log in, they are greeted by the Netucator and invited to type or write their question. Tutornet.com allows students to print or save their work for later reference. Subscription payments are made on-line using a secure credit card link.
Tutornet.com uses proprietary Internet collaboration software to offer direct, personalized tutoring to thousands of school age children in an effective, secure and economical manner. Tutornet.com, Inc. has developed a collaboration software application, which is accessible by any computer running a standard web browser, including AOL 3.0, Netscape Navigator 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Students do not have to install or download any software to use Tutornet.com; they simply log on to the site, enter their username and password and the software is dynamically downloaded to their computer for immediate use.
www.Tutornet.com is offered by subscription, with a monthly fee of $59.99 per student. The subscription includes participation in the live tutorial sessions, animated self-paced tutorials and self-testing through which students can assess progress and prepare for school examinations. Based on experience in the pre-launch period, students average 10 hours per month of tutoring, making the average cost approximately $5.99 per hour.
In addition to the tutorials, the site offers a unique TutorStudy(TM) program through which students taking the same class in a school can form closed online study groups to collaborate on projects. Students use the intelligent chat room capability to share ideas, view each other's inputs, agree on the combined output, save it and print out the final document for the group's presentation in school the next day. This service is available for a monthly fee of $9.99 per month and provides convenience to students and their parents, who will not have to arrange transportation to study venues for valuable group work.
As a website, www.Tutornet.com is accessible by students throughout the world. Tutornet.com will focus its initial marketing programs to schools, teachers and parents of elementary, middle and high school students in the United States. The company has also initiated business operations in Australia and the United Kingdom. The company is developing programs to tutor primary Spanish-speaking students in math and science while transitioning them to English speaking classes in these subjects as well as offering English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring support. These are expected in the fourth quarter of the year.
Tutornet.com has begun working with corporations to fund subscriptions, known as seats, for use in schools during study periods and supervised after school tutoring sessions. Novant Health, Inc. is funding the first such program for West Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC.
Tutornet.com's management are seasoned business-technologists: Euburn R.A. Forde (Chairman, CEO & President) and Rajiv Dalal (Chief Financial Officer), are former technology managers at Citicorp and co-founders of WorldServ, a leading international network outsourcing company; Deborah Lansdowne (Vice President-Marketing), formerly Vice President of WorldServ, and Larry Whitehead (Chief Technology Officer), former Chief Information Officer at WorldServ, the first company to offer online learning Cyber Labs to colleges; and Peter Slaney (CEO-Australia) founder of a successful Internet Service Provider and a telecommunications company in Australia.
"It is a national priority that our students achieve higher levels of performance in math, science and all of the courses in the core middle school and high school curricula, and state legislatures and local Boards of Education are imposing higher standards for passing and graduating students. At the same time, however, budgets for providing students with the additional assistance they may need to achieve higher standards have been cut, and many families can afford neither the time nor the expense that private tutoring requires," Mr. Forde said. "Tutornet.com is the solution to that challenge, using the power of the Internet and the technology of computing to make it possible for every child to have the personal assistance at a reasonable price to perform to higher expectations. As we add to our courses, and broaden our reach, we look forward to being seen as an integral player in the education of children together with schools, teachers and parents."
Tutornet.com, Inc. is an interactive Internet company offering students the opportunity to receive subject-oriented assistance from certified teachers, professors, qualified graduate students, and experienced professionals through tutor-moderated chat rooms. Tutornet.com is based in Reston, Virginia, with marketing operations in the United Kingdom and Australia.