TutorMe is an instant online tutoring service. Rather than offering long-term tutors, like MindLaunch or Skooli, the site is built to get you immediate help. After you set up an account and input your credit card information, you can use the homepage’s search bar to find the specific subject you need assistance with. The site has you input more information about the topic or assignment you need help with in a text box, and once you fill out the form – the more detail, the better – it pairs you with a tutor.
Unlike Chegg, another service, TutorMe automatically pairs you with a tutor – you can’t pick your own. However, the tutor can accept or decline the session and so can you. When I used the site, several tutors declined my session before it paired me with someone.
As the student, I didn’t like that I couldn’t pick the tutor who I thought would best meet my needs based on their profile or experience before we connected. I much preferred Chegg’s method, which allows you to peruse profiles for the people who are available to help and only connects you with them when you are ready to begin the session.
TutorMe is also a little more expensive than Chegg. When you enter your card information, the site enrolls you in the two-hour plan for $69.00 a month, which means you’re paying 58 cents a minute. Lower prices require a larger time commitment, and the lowest price per minute is 50 cents, which is 10 cents more than what Chegg Tutors charges for lessons. The monthly payment plan does keep things simple, though; you don’t have to negotiate prices with individual tutors and payment is secure.
The lesson space uses very similar technology to the most up-to-date tutoring sites. For example, you can video or text chat with a tutor. The site allows you to upload documents and insert symbols for graphing or math homework. There’s also a text and code editor.
In one of the lessons I requested on the site, I asked if tutors would be willing to answer a few questions about their work experience. A few minutes after I made the request, I got an email from the system administrators notifying me that they’d be happy to arrange an opportunity for me to speak with some of TutorMe’s employees rather than having me conduct interviews over the site. TutorMe’s system is capable of flagging information in the lesson request text box or live chat to keep students and tutors safe.
As an additional safety measure, the site doesn’t permit students and tutors to schedule in-person meetings. The site records every online interaction in a text chat or lesson space.
TutorMe is a more peer-based tutoring system. College students both use and work for the site. Both you and your tutor rate the session at the end of a lesson, which protects you both against having repeat bad experiences. TutorMe verifies that its tutors are enrolled at a university or have a college degree, and it conducts background checks before hiring.
Many students use tutoring for college entrance test preparation. TutorMe has a video-based test prep course for $79.00, which is fairly inexpensive.
If you run into any problems, the site has an FAQs section. You can also contact representatives by live chat, though TutorMe outsources its support to a company called Intercom.
TutorMe is a secure place for students to work with peers and get help on assignments, projects and test prep. It works similarly to other tutoring sites on the web. While I’d feel perfectly fine using the site again, there wasn’t much that stood out about TutorMe compared to other online programs.