As a new semester begins, schools across the country are facing unprecedented challenges in meeting students’ educational needs. And with college admissions becoming more and more selective each year, students are trying to find ways to stand out. Over the past two years, there has been a substantial shift in the role that traditional classrooms play in student learning and college admissions. The dramatic impact this has had on students’ learning has left many grasping for strategies to help their students find success.
Even before the pandemic, students have struggled to keep up in a virtual environment. In 2019, the Education Data Initiative found that only 49% of online schools reached an “acceptable” performance level that was comparable to classroom education. In addition, virtual schools boasted a mere 61% graduation rate, compared to the 88% graduation rate across the rest of the country.
The statistics are even more staggering for blended schools, where students complete a mix of online and in-person coursework. The Education Data Initiative found that a mere 45% of blended schools attained an “acceptable” performance level, and on average they maintained a 50% graduation rate.
Throughout the pandemic, the limitations of a virtual learning environment have become even more apparent and left many families searching for a solution: online tutoring. While most schools and traditional tutoring companies have failed to address families’ concerns and adapt to a changing learning environment, one service stands out as the exception.
Founded in 2007, Harvard Student Agencies Tutoring (HSA Tutoring) is a nonprofit organization that provides interactive online tutoring from current Harvard students. Unlike other tutoring businesses that have failed to provide dedicated and engaging tutoring in a virtual climate, HSA tutoring has found a way to help students achieve even greater success than before the pandemic.
So what makes HSA Tutoring different? Instead of relying on adult tutors and a rigid curriculum, HSA Tutoring connects students with passionate Harvard students who adapt each learning experience to the student’s unique needs. By not depending on adult tutors, who both lack the expertise of succeeding in a virtual climate and haven’t achieved the level of success that many families are reaching for, HSA Tutoring is able to deliver a higher quality tutoring experience.
With 100+ Harvard student mentors, every single tutor is an expert in their field of study and has a slew of experience finding academic success in an online environment. By hiring only the kindest and most dedicated Harvard students, HSA Tutoring ensures that their mentors are able to connect and empathize with their students on a deeper level. Their combination of experience and passion is what allows HSA Tutoring to provide the unique tutoring experience that thousands of families are searching for.
In today’s changing academic environment, it’s more important than ever that we’re able to tackle the educational challenges facing our students to ensure that their future is brighter than ours is.