We probably post too many press releases dumped on Unfair Park's door step -- it's not like Sprinkles is sending us cupcakes. But here's one we feel comfortable passing along. Because, like, it's for the kids, man. Or their parents. Both, sounds like.
Almost sounds too good to be true, but it says after the jump that Dallas-area students -- and that's a pretty big area, judging by the size of my area rug -- can get free online tutoring from Tutor.com if they're having problems with their algebra homework. As in, 200 minutes' worth of help. As in, "Students will be able to log onto Tutor.com the minute they get stuck with Algebra homework and get one-to-one help from a professional tutor for as much or as little time as they need." As in, this sounds like something a parent came up with to get out of helping Junior with his math homework.
Tutor.com's also working with the Richardson Independent School District "to offer all enrolled 7th -12th graders access to free tutoring in all core subjects for the 2007-08 school year." --Robert Wilonsky
Tutor.com Provides Dallas-Area Students with Free On Demand Tutoring
Students can Sign Up Today for “All Access Algebra” to get 200 Minutes of Free Tutoring for the Fall Semester
Students Attending Richardson Independent School District have Access to Expanded Program
Dallas, TX (September 26, 2007) – Tutor.com, the leading provider of on demand tutoring and homework help, is kicking off two free programs for Dallas-area students that offer online help from professional tutors the minute a student gets stuck.
All Access Algebra launches today and allows any student in the greater Dallas-area enrolled in any Algebra course to sign up for 200 minutes of Tutor.com free during the fall semester. Tutor.com is also working with the Richardson Independent School District to offer all enrolled 7th -12th graders access to free tutoring in all core subjects for the 2007-08 school year.
Dallas-area students should go to www.tutor.com/algebra to sign up for their 200 free minutes between September 26 and October 10. The free tutoring minutes can be used anytime through December 31, 2007. Students will be able to log onto Tutor.com the minute they get stuck with Algebra homework and get one-to-one help from a professional tutor for as much or as little time as they need. The service is available seven days a week from 1:00 p.m. – Midnight, Central Time. Students never need to schedule an appointment.
An expanded version of the initiative is being rolled out to the nearly 15,000 7th through 12th grade students in the Richardson Independent School District (RISD). Through the RISD partnership, Tutor.com will offer 300 minutes of homework help free, which can be used throughout the entire 2007 – 2008 school year in math, science, social studies and English. Students in the Richardson Independent School district will receive special instructions, mailed directly to their homes in early October.
Whenever a student gets stuck and needs help, he or she simply selects the grade level and subject that’s giving them difficulty. Within a few minutes, the student is connected to a professional tutor for live one-to-one help. Once connected, the student and tutor chat using instant messaging, draw problems on an interactive whiteboard, share documents to review essays and papers, and use educational resources on the Web together. Sessions are saved so that students and parents can review them at any time.
Dallas was chosen for these on demand tutoring programs because Texas recently joined a growing number of states that are raising high school academic standards, as the nation is challenged to better prepare students for higher education and fields requiring math and science proficiency. Starting with this year’s freshman class, four years of high school math and science will be required in Texas to earn a high school diploma. Educators consider Algebra a “gateway course” that can set the stage for achievement in more advanced math and other coursework requiring critical thinking skills.
“Empowering students to get help the minute they need it is the key to improving both learning and confidence,” said George Cigale, founder and CEO, Tutor.com. “Millions of students turn to us for help in math and science so we know how challenging these courses are and just how much one-to-one support children need. By offering Tutor.com to students in the Dallas area, we hope to better equip them not only for Algebra but for all the classes they must navigate as part of the more demanding high school requirements. Once families experience the power of on demand tutoring, they’ll find it an essential educational resource.”
"We are committed to helping our students achieve the highest academic performance possible and, to that end, look to provide our students and parents with a full range of educational tools both inside and outside of the classroom,” said RISD Superintendent Dr. David Simmons. “We are very excited to be working with Tutor.com to offer our students on demand homework help, and I encourage students, parents and teachers to tap into this resource.”
How to Participate: To participate in All Access Algebra, students and parents outside of the Richardson ISD can register for their free minutes at www.tutor.com/algebra between September 26 and October 10, 2007. The free minutes must be used by 12/31/07. Students in the Richardson ISD will receive information and unique access codes directly from the school district.