Student Creates Tutorial Web Site

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Texas A & M graduate student Joe Pantel knows what it’s like to need last minute help with homework.

It was two days before his statistics final, and he was having difficulty understanding all of the formulas for the exam.

He realized his professor did not have the necessary time needed to assist him, and it was too late to hire a tutor. Pantel felt stuck. He began to wonder how many other students were in the same predicament day after day.

So he decided to take measures in his own hands by creating a Web site that would help students in their time of need.

“I wanted to offer students the ability to have confidential homework help in the comfort of their home,” he said. “I’m still in school myself . even I have used my own Web site.”

Pantel’s Web site, GetHomeworkHelp.com, is an online tutorial service in which a student can get assistance in any subject 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are about 3,000 tutors who work on the Web site.

Pantel said the tutors have at least a bachelor’s degree with some experience in their chosen fields and 75 percent of the tutors have a master’s degree.

Pantel said he made it easy for students to choose a tutor that will fit their individual needs. When a student clicks on a subject, the site will display all the subcategories for that subject.

After picking a subcategory the student can check out all the profiles of the tutors who are qualified in that specific area.

Students can then contact their chosen tutor either by e-mail or in a live chat room. This service is free until the student decides to hire a tutor.

The rates are negotiated between the student and the tutor. Pantel said the average rate is about 17 cents a minute, which comes out to about $10 an hour. Payments can be made by credit card or automated check.

Cal State Fullerton freshman Benjamin Torres said $10 is the price he would be willing to pay for an online tutorial service.

Torres has had tutors in the past, and would consider checking out this Web site when he needs help with his English or history homework.

Sophomore business major Sam Baillargeon said he would pay even more because he has often been stuck with study questions in the middle of the night, and would pay up to $20 to someone who could help him out.

Whether students get help temporarily or for the entire semester, they will always be able to reference what they learned on our student history archive, Pantel said.

The white board feature enables students and tutors to share files back and forth with each other.

Pantel said the Web site is also having additional tools installed within the next two weeks, such as voice-over Internet, where students and tutors can communicate through microphones.

Free tips for test preparation, as well as access to writing style guides will also be available.

The Web site also has a $500 scholarship every semester. Applicants need to be a member of the Web site and must write in 500 words or less why they think they deserve $500.

Pantel wanted to give out a scholarship that was easy to obtain with no strings attached.

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