Research Based, Research Proven
The results are in: The data proves that Smarthinking works.
Smarthinking’s online tutoring services are based on key findings from research on effective tutoring and professional development. Research shows that individualized, one-on-one tutoring is one of the most effective ways of increasing student achievement and improving retention. Psychologists and education researchers, among others, have found that one-on-one tutoring increases student performance across disciplines, improving grades, persistence in class, and retention in college. Tutoring has also proved particularly effective in improving retention of at-risk minority students. Initial research at American University has found that live, online tutoring improves student performance in mathematics. Research also shows that one-on-one instruction proves far more powerful if it’s delivered at the teachable moment –– when students need it.
Student learning can be greater when stimulated by an immediate need for instruction. Traditional tutoring centers may not be open or accessible when many students are struggling. Non-traditional students in particular are rarely near tutoring support when they most need it.
Smarthinking delivers online tutoring up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- offering one-on-one help when students need it -- as they complete homework or study for tests. By providing drop-in live sessions, or allowing students to ask written questions or submit writing assignments for feedback, Smarthinking helps students at their point of need.