Putnam County students struggling with their homework or stumped while studying don’t have to rely on sometimes-clueless parents any more, thanks to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.
The new service is available to Putnam County Library users attending any level of school, from kindergarten through college. Students simply visit http://www.tutor.com/tutorTN and enter their library card numbers to connect with expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms.
"TutorTN provides a terrific service for young people," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I am pleased that we are able to offer this service for students who live in the Putnam County area. If this pilot program is successful, hopefully we will be able to offer the service in other parts of the state as well."
"Tutor TN is a great use of technology to improve our students' performance," Rep. Cameron Sexton said. "I hope many students in our community will take advantage of this new service."
"Tutor TN provides a fast and convenient way for students to get help with their homework," Rep. Ryan Williams said. "I will be watching this pilot program carefully to see if it's something that I believe we need to expand to other communities throughout our state."
Once student log onto the service with library cards, then select their grade levels and subjects. Students type in their questions or upload problems to share with their tutors. The tutors work with the students in online classrooms where they can text, use interactive whiteboards and browse web resources or share documents. Students can share their sessions via e-mail and each one is automatically saved for future review.
Tutor.com is the largest online tutoring service in the country. The new program is funded by the Tennessee State Library and Archives and will be available to all Putnam County Public Library card holders through the end of the current school year. If the program is successful, the State Library and Archives hopes to expand the service to all Tennessee students in the fall of 2015.
TutorTN will be available from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays. Students can also use their mobile phones or tablets to access the system. Tutor.com has a community of almost 3,000 carefully-vetted tutors who can help in all core academic subjects.Students can connect to writing tutors to review papers, reports and even college essays.
"Research shows that one-to-one tutoring is the best way to help students achieve significant academic gains," said Sandi White, general manager of Tutor.com. "When students are stuck on a homework question or want to get an A on their next big exam or paper, our tutors can help."
This is a continuation of a successful pilot program in Knox County last school year. In addition to Putnam County, both Henry and Unicoi counties will also have access to Tutor.com services this year.
To see a video about the program, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-VIN4VoY9k