Students who own an Android can now directly connect, communicate and collaborate with a tutor in real time. The catch is that it can’t be their tutor; it has to be a tutor from TutaPoint.com. The platform has released what they call the “first live tutoring application for the Android Market.” The application is called “Live USA Tutoring.”
Mobile tutoring sessions can be scheduled either on a computer or on an Android device, such as a phone or tablet. Tutoring is available in all the core subjects like math, science, language arts and world languages. The company even narrows the subjects down with pre-algebra to statistics to Mandarin Chinese. I can see how this would come in handy for a college student. She can communicate to her tutor between classes or help finalize a report early in the morning before she turns it in to the professor. A parent could use the app while doing Geometry homework with her son.
Students who use the new app can find a live one-on-one USA tutor through a mobile virtual classroom environment similar to TutaPoint’s web-based environment. With the app’s chat and whiteboard system, students and tutors can work out a problem or lesson clearly and effectively. The application was built with lightweight architecture that employs Adobe Corporation’s AIR technology.
The only downside is that the tutoring is less personal because of the live chat situation. So, the online tutor will not be able to see the student’s indicators or facial expresses. On the other hand that might be better and keep the emotional frustration of figuring out a problem at bay.
I would like to see an app where a private tutor can use it with his students outside of a session. For instance, a student gets stuck on a statistics problem while on campus. She can contact her tutor; they both work out the problem via the app using the same whiz-bang tools as First Live Tutoring offers. That way it is more of a tool for both the student and the tutor.