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Online Tutoring: K-12

Tutoring Directories and Marketing Services
Fee-based service that provides students with instant access to qualified tutors for online instruction for as little as $20 an hour. Students can also arrange to find a tutor in their local area for face-to-face instruction. Tutors who have undergone optional Kroll Background America Verifications are indicated by a checkmark. People can register to become a tutor, set their own rates and schedules, and leave the billing to provides the reseources to help tutors become successful.

This is a tutor referral service with a directory that is free to peopple needing to find a suitable tutor anywhere in the USA and Canada. Tutors can advertise their services on the site. According to the website, Hire-A-Tutor consists of independent tutors and organizations joined together under one umbrella organization. The benefits of joining Hire-A-Tutor include setting your own fees and hours and cost-effective advertising under the Hire-A-Tutor banner. There are four different packages available including one that is free for a limited time.

This online tutoring service provides a way to "learn or teach what you know through the convenience of e-mail." Tutors can teach classes varying from how to fix cars to foreign languages and have the option of setting the frequency of their lessons, the length/duration of a class, and what type of tutoring tools will be used (video, audio, email). Tutors can also determine whether or not lessons can be taken out of order or in a particular order through a rotating system, and control how many students are enrolled in their class. The drawback to this system is how tutors are paid. Tutors earn money based the number of students in their class. When a tutor has more than 500 students, lessons will include an advertisement. Tutors get part of the money made from the ad.

Tutor Café
This service offers online tutoring, online homework help, and tutor-matching services that match students with tutors in their local area. Tutors can enter their profiles free. Tutors list the subjects they want to tutor and their rates and availability. They describe their personal, educational and professional backgrounds and complete background check information to become part of the database.

Tutor Depot
This is a free service that connects tutors and students seeking tutoring help. The questionnaire for being added as a tutor includes hourly rate, number of years you have been tutoring, location, degree level, qualifications, tutor subject and level, tutor location (home, library, college, student's home, other), teaching style, references, and other information.

Tutor Nation
This is a fee-based site designed to allow instructors in academic and non-academic subjects to easily promote their services. Registration fee is $9.95 per year for individuals and home-based businesses, and $49.95/year for commercial businesses. The site also has tips to help tutors build a positive relationship with their students and parents, as well as resources to improve tutoring skills.
This is a free site that connects students with tutors in their local area. It is a service of, a non-profit organization sponsored by the AOL Time Warner Foundation. There isn't a lot of information about how the service works on the site, but there is a tutor registration form that asks for: general contact information along with length of experience, number of students tutored, price per hour, education, majors and minors and schools, certification, and subjects that you want to tutor.

Tutors can register free to be in the directory for an introductory period. Rates to remain in the directory are not disclosed on the website. Information required for tutors includes states where you tutor, how you can be reached, your rates, exams you have taken, degrees and credentials, whether you teach online in real-time, by email or fax, in-person, etc.
This site lists tutors and instructors that specialize in traditional academic subjects, test preparation, foreign languages, computers and music as well as non-traditional subjects like cooking, driving and sports. Students can find a tutor in their location that best meets their needs. The cost is $29.95 per year for individual tutors under one category. Tutors register by providing contact information, a comment for a personal page, and credit card information.

Hometeaching Tutor Services
This service is promoted as a low-cost way for students to get tutoring. It costs $9.50 to become a tutor on this service. Tutors subscribe to a code that include agreeing that they won't take Hometeching clients for themselves, will be paid by Hometeaching and will not discuss rates or charge the students anything, and many other things. Academic tutors (college or university graduate) are paid between $20 and $25 per lesson. Non-academic tutor are paid between $10 and $12 per class, which has to be completed to the student's satisfaction. Online tutoring is paid at the rate of $12 per hour for a 60 minute session, $10 for a non-academic tutor.

Tutoring Tools

Education Planet
Education Planet has a number of different sub-sections, including a special section for teachers that requires free registration in order to get access to over 16,000 lesson plans, as well as a state standards finder, weekly newsletter and teacher online discussion boards. Another section is teacher web tools, and there is also a separate section for K-12 students called Homework Planet: the Student Web Guide. Top Homework Test Aids
This site has links to sites with study guides, homework help and test preparation materials.

InfoQuest!'s Educational Resources
Has links to K-12 resources for students and teachers, US federal and Oregon resources, adult education and distance learning resources, and training and development resources.

Tutoring Companies
Examples of how some people are offering tutoring services

Open Directory Services for Hire: Tutoring
This is a list of 82 face-t-face and online tutoring services, ranging from the private Gardena Academy to which offers a computerized student-teacher matching service and is based in Singapore. There are a number of examples of tutoring being done out of the tutors' homes.

Princeton Review:
The Princeton Review State Assessment Services prepares younger students for state-assessment testing with its powerful online service Homeroom is a web-based subscription service designed to help students in grades 3-11 master the information and test-taking skills required by state assessments.

Brainfuse offers unlimited, instant access to a tutor seven days a week for only $40 per month. Brainfuse provides a live, one-on-one learning experience through online interactive technology that allows students to have a real-time tutoring session by audio conversation with the tutor through the computer's speakers, draw or write questions on the Brainfuse whiteboard; or submit questions to tutors for immediate assistance through an easy-to-use instant chat function. Online Tutoring Program
This is a simple one page web site offering a phone number to call for one free tutoring session to demonstrate how the tutoring program for K-12 works.

Personal Online Math Tutor
This tutor offers reserved private tutoring sessions with a choice of text chat, voice chat, or video chat for a reasonable hourly fee.

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