Mar 16 2011
You can find anything online. I mean, anything. If you want to find a new recipe, or how to complete a video game, you can find it online. Regardless of what you’re looking for, the answer is always online. Oftentimes your search for answers will end up in a forum. One of the most well known of these is Yahoo Answers. Here people can ask questions and find answers for anything they can think of.
One subset of the questions asked on Yahoo Answers, as well as other forums throughout the web, is assistance with homework. Oftentimes students post their homework questions. These are sometimes frowned upon since people sometimes try to skirt doing the work themselves. The answers are sometimes a bit suspect as well as they’re pulled from any number of random, anonymous people.
Providing a new Q&A forum that’s set up exclusively for help with your homework, is Tutorhub. Tutorhub is a UK based mini Yahoo Answers, which is designed exclusively for students and those seeking to help them.
At the most basic level all you do is post a question and await answers. Anyone who feels they’re knowledgeable on a particular subject can contribute. The latest questions are displayed on the home page. You can also filter based upon category- Math, Science, English, etc. Or you can search for them based upon whatever subject you have in mind. Over time Tutorhub will become a full knowledge base of homework help.
Since the Tutorhub platform is geared specifically for students and their teachers they’re able to customize it to further help students get the assistance they need. Specifically they built the application to allow for paid online tutoring. So let’s say you need extra help in geometry. First you can post your questions on the free open forum. But that can take time to get a response, or maybe you would benefit from more concentrated tutoring. For this you can purchase private online tutoring sessions.
The private tutors are CRB certified, which is the UK’s way of ensuring the tutors don’t have criminal backgrounds. The tutoring is online but you always want to be careful when people spend any time with your kids. Tutors and students communicate by instant messaging. Tutoring rates are set by the tutors themselves and are managed on a prepaid basis. So if your tutor charges $40/hour and you’d like a half hour session, then you need to purchase a $20 worth of tutoring credits. The sessions are billed by the minute, so if you run out of money mid session you can top up your account to continue.
As it turns out, TutorHub is involved in the greater tutoring world. In some cases you may want an in person tutor. The free answers and online sessions are great, but it’s sometimes helpful to have someone there in person. For this Tutorhub leaves a link to a partner site, Beanbag Learning. Here you can enter your location and subject which returns a list of on site tutors. This may be helpful, in particular for subjects that require diagrams and sketches.
Finding information online is second nature to most of us. After all, the most popular website on the web made its mark solely due to its search results. On a more targeted level, Tutorhub is positioned to be the central location for homework help and online tutoring. The ease with which people can get their questions answered will help the vast majority of its users. The option to have a personal online tutor ensures that students will be able to find the help they need.