Parents are shouldering extra responsibilities again this fall, with many school-aged students on a partial or fully remote schedule. Whether you’re relearning eighth-grade history to help your child or need some extra help with your college-level calculous, there are lots of apps and websites that will give you an assist, as ed-tech companies try to fill the growing demand for socially distant student support. Here are a few to consider.
Best known as a place to buy textbooks, Chegg also offers tutoring options, ranging from drop-in text chats to video calls with audio, video and a live whiteboard. Chat tutoring is the cheapest option and will run you about $11 for a drop-in lesson, whereas a subscription—including all of Chegg’s courses and communication features, including video—costs about $30 per month. Chegg is among the most basic tutoring options if you’re seeking ongoing support, incorporating few special angles or gimmicks.
The Princeton Review, which bought tutor.com in 2014, offers thousands of tutors who can provide online help. While this might not be the most cost-effective option for simple homework assistance, it might be worth your while if you are interested in their test prep tutoring, geared toward the SATs, ACTs, MCATs and other big tests. Their cheapest option will run you about $40 for one hour per month, with discounted hourly rates as you climb in commitment (their most expensive package is for 50 hours of tutoring over a six month period for $1,500, which breaks down to $30 per hour).
G/O Media may get a commission
The most customizable option, Varsity Tutors offers private tutoring, small group classes, learning pods (where you can self-select kids to be in your child’s group, or “pod”), and something called the School@Home program, designed to supplement your child’s COVID-era stay-at-home education. Varsity Tutors comes with a steeper price tag—its private tutoring runs about $70 per hour, and the customizable options go up from there—but if you’re looking for a long-term supplement to your child’s education that’s catered more closely to their needs, this might be the way to go.
For the best help in a pinch and the simplest payment model, Skooli may be the fastest, most stress-free option thanks to its by-the-minute payment structure. A minute of help costs you 82 cents, so a quick question can be solved without a subscription commitment or worrying about building a relationship with a long-term tutor. You can get in, get out, and only pay for the minutes you need. You can even snap a photo or screenshot of your homework and upload it to their website or app to help speed things along.
Wyzant is best for the pickier student (or parent) who wants more control over picking their tutor. Students can prescreen their tutors to make sure they’re a good fit (Wyzant has a “Good Fit Guarantee,” promising you’ll be happy with your session or you don’t pay), and tutors get to set their own prices. So if you find a tutor you love who comes with a higher price, you can compare them with that tutor you like a bit less but whose cost better fits your budget, and make a decision from there. Typical costs for one hour of tutoring are in the $35 to $60 range, according to Wyzant. If you want a pay-as-you-go model without contracts, but are concerned with personality fit or comfort with your tutor, Wyzant might be the best way to go.