Wyzant is one of the picks in our list of the best online tutoring services, which means that we recommend that students and parents looking for a boost in grades should look into Wyzant as a potential tutoring website. In our review for 2020, we find that Wyzant comes the closest to a traditional tutoring service in terms of pricing and candidate vetting. As a marketplace for students and parents to “shop” for a tutor, each one is competing for your business.That means that Wyzant is, generally speaking, the best value for your money - as long as you pick the right tutor.
Catering to students in Elementary school through grad school, Wyzant has tutors specializing in subjects from math to foreign languages and everything in between. According to the website, there are over 300 subjects offered. Because Wyzant is simply a marketplace for tutors, like Chegg Tutors, there are as many subjects offered as there is variety among tutors’ specialities.
Wyzant review: Platform
To start, we found in our research that Wyzant is unclear about what it can offer. There were few details as to what students can get tutored in and which grades are serviced. It’s so open-ended because Wyzant is not its own tutoring service (though it has standards for who can use the platform). It’s a platform on which tutors have to market themselves in order to get clients.
Wyzant stands out in how it presents itself. Like Skooli, it is a no-frills, bare-bones platform - serious about getting students the grades they want.
Students can connect with tutors in one of two ways: you can browse profiles to find a tutor with refined results and reach out to tutors directly, or you can answer a few questions before picking and chatting with an instructor. What we like about the tutor profiles is how detailed they are: tutors can add everything from links to their work, credentials, and more. There are also student reviews of lessons. There’s enough meat there to help anyone determine whether or not they want to work with someone. Plus, the profiles are written by the tutors themselves, so you can decide if their personality and teaching style appear to fit your needs.
Each tutor sets his or her own price, with most ranging from $30 to $75, although you’ll be able to find lower as well as much higher rates. If a student meets with a tutor every week, the cost can add up. Similarly, you’ll find that the more specialized the subject, the more expensive it will be. If you are in grad school and find that tutors on the Wyzant platform are too costly, try Skooli, which has a flat pay-per-minute structure. What we see with Wyzant that is a huge plus is the ability to opt for a tutor who offers a group rate. So if you have more than one student learning the same subject at the same level, we recommend that you opt for Wyzant to find a group rate.
Tutor responsiveness depends on the individual, who sets his or her own hours. On a tutor’s profile, you’ll also find average response time, which, in most cases we saw, hovers around one hour. We also found no mention of a tutor’s ability to work with a student immediately. That means that students supposedly can’t reach out to a tutor at any given time for immediate help. This is meant to curb cheating on homework or take-home tests, which tends to be a problem for Chegg Tutors, a service that has tutors available 24/7 for immediate needs.
Students and tutors use audio, video, and a virtual whiteboard (among other tools) to collaborate, and all students have access to the same modes of communication. Wyzant also offers in-person tutoring depending on the student’s location. Based on these qualities we find that Wyzant takes traditional tutoring and applies it to an online platform. If this is what you’re looking for, then Wyzant is a worthy choice.
Wyzant review: Lessons and tutoring
Wyzant supposedly has a rigorous vetting process for tutors, but doesn’t detail it for customers who want to ensure that the tutors they will be working with are verified.
Every tutor wants a maximum number of clients, especially because Wyzant takes a certain percentage of their hourly charge, so it is in their best interest to at least appear as knowledgeable and qualified as possible. This means that parents and students should be very careful with who they choose as a tutor. You can refine results to ensure the best chance of success: we suggest ticking the “Background check on file” box and opting for a tutor with a high number of hours tutoring on the platform and with generally positive reviews. In our research, we found that on average, students have reported mixed results with their tutors.
Thankfully, Wyzant offers the “Good Fit Guarantee,” which dictates that, in the event that a student is not satisfied with the first lesson with a new tutor, they can get a refund for one hour of that first lesson. This guarantee is marginally more generous than the ones offered on other platforms because of the risk involved in choosing a high-priced tutor.
Grades: Elementary through grad school
Price: Hourly rate set by tutor, some with group rates available
Subjects: 300 + subjects including math, writing, and SAT prep
Programs: Tutoring, test prep
Times available: Dependent on the tutor
Wyzant review: Learning tools
Because Wyzant was created with the traditional tutor set-up in mind, the site itself is relatively bare-bones. There isn’t a lot in terms of tools and special services, unless you count test prep. Ultimately, Wyzant is hyper-focused on connecting students and tutors, and is not necessarily involved in anything that happens in the virtual classroom, other than ensuring that the academic honesty policy (making sure that tutors do not help students cheat on tests) is observed. That being said, there are many students who need one-on-one tutoring on a regular basis to help boost their grades, and in this case, we find that additional learning tools are not as necessary as they would be for homework help (as it is the case with Chegg Tutors). Parents who are serious about committing their student to a tutoring program for in-depth learning and not just homework help should seriously consider Wyzant.
Should I choose Wyzant?
If you can bear the cost, Wyzant is a useful platform to connect with a qualified and knowledgeable tutor in nearly any subject. It’s free to sign up, and you can even test-drive the platform’s tools without scheduling a one-on-one session, so give it a go and see how it fits your student’s learning style. Browse tutor profiles and see if there’s one you think can help your student - there are thousands teaching on the platform, so chances are, you’ll find one you’ll like just fine. Remember, finding the right tutor on Wyzant is key to your student’s success.