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Jerry P. Becker

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Tutoring on the Internet
Posted: Sep 10, 1998 7:14 PM
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[From a colleague on the west coast.]

Tuesday August 25, 11:10 am Eastern Time

Help Has Arrived! Launches Internet Math, Science Tutoring For Grades 4-12; First Site to Offer Live Interactive Tutoring With
Accredited Teachers

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ --, 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. is designed to fill this large and growing need," said
Euburn Richard Forde, the founder and chairman of, Inc., owner
of the site. will charge a monthly subscription fee of $59.99
for unlimited access. 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.'s experienced Internet tutors are referred to as
Netucators(TM). The 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. 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'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. allows
students to print or save their work for later reference. Subscription
payments are made on-line using a secure credit card link. uses proprietary Internet collaboration software to offer
direct, personalized tutoring to thousands of school age children in an
effective, secure and economical manner., 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; they simply log on to
the site, enter their username and password and the software is dynamically
downloaded to their computer for immediate use. 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, is accessible by students throughout the
world. 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. 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
for West Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC.'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. " 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.", Inc. is an interactive Internet company offering students the
opportunity to receive subject-oriented assistance from certified teachers,
qualified graduate students, and experienced professionals through
chat rooms. is based in Reston, Virginia, with marketing
operations in
the United Kingdom and Australia.


Copyright © 1998 PRNewswire. All rights reserved.
Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)

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