Online Tutoring Service Paper offers free, unlimited 24/7 academic support to students
“Most consumer-oriented solutions, although relatively inexpensive, are still too expensive for so many families,” says Philip Cutler, CEO of a free online tutoring service called Paper.
A survey of school districts across the country before COVID found that 66% of high schools had one digital learning device per student. Today, over 90% of high schools report that every student has their own digital learning device.
After making great strides in accessing technology, school districts are now looking for ways to bridge the gap between academic opportunities.
“We know talent is everywhere. There are smart kids all around us. What is limited is their access,” said Michael McCormick, superintendent of the Val Verde Unified School District.
Paper is an online tutoring service that contracts with school districts to provide free, unlimited, 24-hour tutoring in any subject area, in multiple languages.
“For so many of our students, they don’t necessarily have another adult to turn to for questions. So that plays a very important role in supporting these students. They can’t turn to their kids. parents because they may not be able to help them with their math, for example, ”Cutler said.
Founded in 2014 to help families who could not afford an individual tutor, Paper was helping 50,000 students before the pandemic.
Today, a roster of 1,500 educators provides one-on-one assistance to over 1.5 million K-12 students – 600,000 in Southern California.
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One such student is Alejandra Silvar, a junior at Citrus Hill High School in Perris with a GPA of 3.5.
“They will give you ways to develop your ideas in your essays. And then, when you solve your math problems, they will give you certain ways and certain tips, but not a certain way to do it,” Silvar mentioned.
Teachers can also access Paper, so they can see who needs help and in what subject. Compatible on all devices, Paper is expanding into a growing number of school districts. In addition to Perris, Paper is looking to expand into Southern California.
You just type in your problem, draw it or upload a file and a tutor helps you figure out why you are stuck.
“Once they log in once, they get this dashboard, they click on the ‘Paper’ icon and they’re ready to go,” McCormick said.
Paper has become an increasingly important resource for families from all walks of life, primarily because help is there when the student needs it, no matter the hour.
“I stay late until 9 or 8 so I can’t really get help from a teacher since they are already gone. And then I can’t have a tutor because I don’t think any tutor can be available to me at night, explains Silvar.
“It’s a brilliant integration of a software platform with live human tutors who are available 24 hours a day for our students,” adds McCormick.
With over 20,000 sessions already attended in the Val Verde School District, Paper is fast becoming what families expect.
“I can’t imagine that schools wouldn’t want to provide their students with 24/7 access to unlimited support. And that’s just, you know, a new standard,” Cutler says.
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