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October 20, 2022

Why Districts Are Choosing Pear Deck Tutor to Accelerate K-12 Learning

In a study conducted by researchers at Annenberg Institute, 78% of students who received tutoring one-on-one or in small groups were less likely to get failing grades in their math courses compared to peers who did not receive tutoring interventions. Here are a few key reasons why hundreds of districts are entrusting Pear Deck Tutor (formerly, TutorMe) to empower their students with on-demand, academic support to help students become active learners and achieve academic success.

Face-to-face engagement

A key component of engaging learning is the opportunity for students to engage in dynamic face-to-face interactions. For a tutoring platform, it is essential that the platform cultivates an enriching human connection for deeper learning and content mastery.

At Pear Deck Tutor , we strive to create an environment that optimizes engagement through individual learning. Tutors only work with a single student per session to allow for tutors the option of leveraging tools, such as live two-way audio and video, to help engage students and adapt learning based on specific student needs.

The face-to-face engagement made possible through live audio and video chat replicates the interactive dynamic of in-person learning. When combined with a virtual format, these single student sessions allow students to develop deeper rapport with their tutors, feel more engaged, and have an increased opportunity to ask meaningful questions during tutoring sessions.  

On-demand academic support

Unlike traditional tutoring options that may be restricted based on location and time, Pear Deck Tutor offers on-demand academic support to all students, at no cost to them or their caregivers. This can go a long way toward increasing district-wide equity initiatives.

By creating a platform that is accessible anywhere at any time, students are provided more opportunity to access academic support. This reduces barriers to students who may have been unable to access in-person tutoring options– such as students who have afterschool jobs, who have limited transportation options, are involved in afterschool activities, are virtual learners, or have additional caretaking responsibilities.

In order to increase equitable access to academic support, districts need to ensure that these support structures are flexible and available based on the individual needs of each student. With Pear Deck Tutor, students can get the help exactly when and from where they need it, whether at a sibling's after school practice or at home during the late evening.  

Coverage across a broad spectrum of K-12 subject areas

It's critical to find an online tutoring partner that offers coverage of all K-12 subjects to fill any gaps in support that your existing tutoring program may have. For example, in-person tutoring programs may lack tutors who are skilled in subjects, like computer science or foreign languages.

You might have tutors specializing in core subjects, like math, science, and English. but may lack tutors for professional development courses, including everything from driver's safety to public health or writing specialists.

At Pear Deck Tutor, we have subject matter experts for all those subjects and hundreds of more. As a result, students in your district can easily connect with tutors in the subjects they really need help with.

Collaborative lesson space

Through Pear Deck Tutor, students and tutors collaborate one-on-one in an interactive Lesson Space that features the latest learning tools. Both students and tutors have full access to collaborative learning aids like:

  • Virtual whiteboards
  • Text editing tools
  • Screen sharing
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Students and tutors can also drag and drop pictures or screenshots of assignments and content directly into the virtual whiteboards and add notes, comments, and marks with the drawing and text editing tools. The interactive Lesson Space has a bias towards user-friendliness, accommodating the needs of students working on everything from elementary to advanced material.

Unlimited access to the best tutors

Through the Pear Deck Tutor platform, students and educators have 24/7 access to a renowned community of thousands of verified subject matter experts. Our robust network of tutors includes certified teachers, professionals, and advanced degree-holders.

We hold the tutors on our platform to the highest standard: just 4% of applicants make it onto Pear Deck Tutor. Each prospective tutor must also pass a criminal background check, knowledge assessment, and education verification before they begin working with your students.

Furthermore, our QA team regularly reviews tutoring sessions to ensure they meet the most rigorous quality standards. The result is first-class academic support you can feel confident in providing your students.

A Client Dashboard that puts you in control

Our Client Dashboard offers full access to all essential student usage data, including:

  • Which subjects students request most often
  • Session length
  • Full session recordings so you can review what students are accomplishing in their tutoring sessions and how they are interacting with their tutors
  • And much more!

All completed sessions and Writing Labs on Pear Deck Tutor are archived, so teachers and other faculty can conveniently track student progress and use this actionable data to inform instructional design.

Are you ready to partner with Pear Deck Tutor?

Pear Deck Tutor is an invaluable intervention that can help accelerate K-12 learning in your district. Choosing the best online tutoring provider that aligns with your student support needs is a big decision — but you don't have to go it alone.

Learn more about how partnering with Pear Deck Tutor could transform student learning outcomes in your district.


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Dave Frayser
Vice President of Sales for Pear Tutor

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