StudyLance – A Learning Community for Students and Tutors

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studylance.gifPersonal tutors for students in school, whether it be a high school or a university, are expensive. While sometimes necessary, when the question the student has is just about a single lesson or a simple subject, paying for the services of a standard tutor seems a little out of range. Teachers can’t always be available and parents don’t always know the answer either.

This is where StudyLance.com comes into the picture. The site is a simple interface where students can network with tutors on different subjects. Qualified tutors can answer questions, give explanations, point the student towards more information, and more.

Think of StudyLance as a sort of Ask.com for students where qualified tutors will see the questions and give answers and information to help them.

Of course, to stay in business, StudyLance has to have an income stream. In order to view the entire answer given to their question, students must pay. In most cases, it’s just a few bucks and definitely affordable. The tutors, of course, get a piece of this for their troubles as well.

Registration is free for both students and tutors, but tutors will need to go through a verification process if they wish to be accepted and have their answers be more highly considered by the students viewing them. Since students can pick and choose which answers they pay for (based on previews), the more qualified a tutor appears, the more likely his or her answer will be chosen.

Students can also rate the tutors’ responses for quality, which ads to the tutor’s reputation.

Overall, this is a great, free-market answer to schooling. With growing classrooms and less one-on-one interaction between students and their teachers, tutors and personal coaches are becoming more and more needed. StudyLance gives the two a chance to come together and interact in an open market of information.

Definitely worth a try if you’re a student struggling with a class or a parent that needs to help your child through a particularly rough course.


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