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Online tutoring service provides instant educational help

  • McClatchy-Tribune News Service
  • Published Monday, July 7, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.

InstaEdu, an online tutoring service, connects students with tutors from top universities internationally with just the click of a button.

CEO and cofounder of InstaEdu Alison Johnston Rue realized there was a lack of flexibility in tutoring services offered for students. Her background in technology influenced her to design a tutoring service that works with students’ hectic lives.

“One of the … things that we focus on is that you find a tutor who shares your interests,” Rue said.

Rue suggests finding a tutor with whom students can connect on more than an academic basis. She said that shared interests make tutors more relatable and help students learn better.

Each student gets a free trial of InstaEdu for two hours, and tutoring starts at $24 per hour after that.

InstaEdu recruits tutors from top universities, and the majority of tutors are current college students. The site serves middle schoolers through those taking college-level courses.

“A lot of students find us because they’re online and looking for help,” Rue said.

The online site works to connect students to tutors at any time from any place. This focus on flexibility is one of the company’s most important traits, because teens do not always have the time to set aside a specific slot for an in-person tutor.

“You can come on our site for virtually every subject and see tutors who are ready at that moment and connect instantly,” Rue said.

InstaEdu focuses on efficiency and effectiveness in tutoring over the web.

“What we’re really trying to do is show that tutoring is something that can help students at every level because every student has questions,” Rue said.

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