Tutoring Can Be the Key
Students who attend IU, no different than many other highly sought-after colleges, will be faced with challenging classes, taught by respected and renowned professors. They are no longer in high school where a student can often coast by; succeeding at IU requires taking classes seriously.
At the same time, there are many opportunities to get involved and enjoy these four years including football games, basketball games, Greek life, and outdoor activities. A student needs to be able to balance all of this, which can prove daunting to many. But since they have a selective admissions process, the understanding is that many of these students have already been faced with balancing academics, social and civic activities.
But Just in Case…Get A Tutor
If your student mentions they are having difficulty, there are many places they can turn; including speaking with their professor or teacher assistant. There are also peer academic study groups. Perhaps the best place to start is the Academic Support Center where you will find free tutoring, spaces for learning, technology, and peer coaching and workshops. Services offered Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For many classes, students are turning to outside assistance. Two of the more popular companies are Campus Tutoring Service and Bloomington Tutors. Both companies offer exam review sessions, chapter review sessions, study hours, online videos, and practice problems, specific to your professor, as well as other services for many of the more historically difficult courses including economics, accounting, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. IU has many tutoring options, most of them free including Biology, English, Maths, French, Italian, Spanish, and German as well as Psychology, Neuroscience, and Physics.
Textbook rental and purchase company Chegg offers Chegg Study for $14.95. Students have found success in working with their specialists. They offer study help in business (finance, economics, accounting, operations management), Engineering (computer science, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering), Math (algebra, calculus, stats and probability, and other math) and science (physics, chemistry, biology). Also, get answers in a pinch from experts and subject enthusiasts for your courses, 24/7. Stay ahead in your classes for $14.95/month or $99.95/year. For more personal help, they also have a Chegg Tutor which gives more one-on-one help. The price is $6.95/lesson for one on-demand chat with a tutor or $30/month for an hourlong virtual session with a live whiteboard at prices students can afford.
Fiverr – Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. It got its name from the original price of jobs being $5 per task. This is a great place for students to list the services they offer (or parents) or even find inexpensive tutors. Look for highly rated sellers with a lot of good reviews. The old saying is clear: you get what you pay for. In a nutshell, the quality of service is not always great, but there are good sellers on Fiverr® but expect those services to start at more than $5.
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