By Hector Araiza
Tutorcast, a company created three months ago by Nhon Ma and Alex Lee, is offering free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) tutoring. The service is being funded by ELAC’s MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program.
In a recent study done by Peter A. Cohen of Dartmouth College, James A. Kulik and Chen-Lin C. Kulik of the University of Michigan, they found that “A meta-analysis of findings from 65 independent evaluations of school tutoring programs showed that these programs have positive effects on the academic performance and attitudes of those who receive tutoring. Tutored students outperformed control students on examinations, and they also developed positive attitudes toward the subject matter covered in the tutorial programs.”
Ma and Lee had one main goal when they created Tutorcast, and that is to “make tutoring accessible and effective for all,” said by Ma himself. So in recent weeks, Tutorcast has partnered up with ELAC and other various institutions to provide tutoring for the students.
Tutorcast offers help from trained and qualified tutors, many who are ELAC alumni. They have a state the of art online lesson space, equipped with collaborative whiteboard, video chat, group lessons, lesson tools such as document and image upload, and an equation editor. These tools help increase lesson effectiveness with recordings and clips. For example, a tutor can record their lesson recordings. This allows the students to pinpoint and review the areas they’re struggling with.
Tutoring for Organic Chemistry, Physics and Calculus are the most popular, but there are many more subjects to choose from. Since there are tutors who are ELAC alumni, they are available to help with the transfer process. All this is available in the comfort of your own home at anytime.
At the moment, this program is only able to operate on the Google Chrome browser, but when asked about increasing the selection of browsers Ma replied, “Hopefully soon we will include various other browsers compatible with our tutoring program.”
So as finals are around the corner, Tutorcast can help in the perpetration for the exams. To register with Tutorcast, sign up as a student at tutorcast.tv, visit the ELAC portal at tutorcast.tv/elac and select the tutor best suitable for you on their profile page schedule. Tutorcast is also looking for interns. Anyone who wants to join the program and help out can email Ma at firstname.lastname@example.org.