New teacher-assigned tutoring platform from Varsity Tutors puts educators in the driver’s seat and connects classroom challenges to sessions – THE Journal

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New teacher-assigned tutoring platform from Varsity Tutors puts educators in the driver’s seat and connects classroom challenges to sessions

online tutoring provider University tutors today unveiled a new service that puts teachers in charge, allowing them to “prescribe” sessions for their struggling students, communicate with each tutor, ensure extra help is focused on the topics with which students are struggling in the classroom and track each student’s progress -session.

New assigned teacher The tutoring platform allows teachers to request and schedule sessions, view and share progress information, share teaching materials and learning goals with tutors, and get updates. real-time updates on individual students as well as entire classes, all in one virtual platform.

In a demo shared with THE Journal this week, Varsity Tutors demonstrated the easy-to-use dashboard designed for teachers and tutor reports that educators can view after each session. The platform allows teachers to schedule 1:1 sessions during the school day, such as during intervention blocks for their class, or for after-school hours.

Teachers can view a recording of any tutoring session, read the tutor’s notes after the session, and view the “exit ticket,” which shows the results of a 5-question lesson mastery quiz that one student completes at the end of each session. Other reports available on the teacher dashboard include session engagement, overall attendance, overall progress for each student based on exit quiz results and trends, and overall progress by class .

Varsity Tutors developed the Teacher Assigned Tutoring platform after many educators told the company that while online tutoring helps some students, it often doesn’t align with the lessons and challenges they are currently facing. in class.

“Teachers are always in the best position to identify specific challenges and opportunities where tutoring can help,” said Anthony Salcito of Varsity Tutor. “District leaders told us that putting classroom educators in the driver’s seat could not only benefit students, but provide critical support for teachers who are feeling overworked and burnt out.

“To realize its potential, the tutoring that schools offer their students cannot be a disconnected addition to the classroom. It must be deeply integrated into school and district priorities and values. »

The latest research from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University shows that to have the greatest impact on learning outcomes, tutoring programs must be “connected to the classroom, aligned to curriculum and standards, and provide consistent relationships with tutors”, noted the society.

Each student using Varsity Tutor is automatically paired with a tutor using Varsity Tutor’s algorithms based on over 100 student and tutor attributes, similar to Varsity Tutors’ existing on-demand tutoring service and high-speed “concierge.” dose or the managed tutoring service, the company said. . Classrooms subscribing to the Teacher Assigned service will also have access to on-demand service features such as 24/7 chats with tutors and ongoing enrichment lessons for small groups.

All three tutoring services will be available to schools this fall, Varsity Tutors said.

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