All of Skooli’s tutors are certified teachers or have advanced degrees. This, along with its user-friendly platform, make it one of the better places to find tutors on the web. However, while the site claims it’s a 24-hour service, it seems like there’s a smaller pool of qualified teachers to draw from compared to other sites. As such, unlike with Chegg where multiple tutors vie for your session, on Skooli, you may have trouble finding someone who can help you immediately.
You can set up a scheduled time to meet with an instructor online, but you have to wait to hear back from them before you can arrange to meet in the online lesson suite. On the request form, there is a space for you to upload an assignment or write a description of what you need help with. However, the text box for this information is a little small, and I felt like I needed more room to describe the assignment I wanted help with.
The system prompts you to enter your credit card information once you submit a request. An hour of tutoring time on this site costs $49.00, which breaks out to about 82 cents a minute. This is more expensive than Chegg or TutorMe; however, Skooli’s tutors are more qualified than instructors you find on those other sites, and the fees aren’t as high as MindLaunch’s, which has similar hiring requirements. The site also lets you pay as you go, so you don’t have to worry about paying upfront for more help than you need.
Once you’ve submitted your request, you’ll most likely have to wait to hear back from one of the recommended tutors to schedule a session, plus you usually have to wait a few minutes for the system to process your request. On Skooli, I found it easier to approach individual teachers with my schedule to find help than on other sites. You also get access to the tutors’ profiles, which makes selecting one simpler than on some of the other tutoring sites I reviewed. In addition to finding online tutors, you can search for local tutors on the site, which I thought was useful, especially for students going to public schools that typically have specific regional or state requirements.
One of the site’s best features is its helpful video tutorials that let you play around with tools while exploring the site’s lesson suite, and it was nice to have someone explain all of the features. However, I didn’t think the suite’s tools were as well suited to complicated graphing or mathematics problems as those on other sites I reviewed.
Skooli also requires that tutors pass a background check to be featured on the site. In addition, the service built filters into its chat tool to protect both students and teachers from profanity and other unpleasant interactions. The site also records and keeps your session for your review and as protection.
The service lists a phone number as well as an email address in the help and support section on its site, which is very helpful. However, I think a more robust, searchable FAQs page would benefit users. Still, all in all, Skooli is a solid option if you’re looking for help from an online tutor.