Courtney Wilson, Aviano Middle/High School student, reads over Tutor.com, a website that allows students (K-12) to get help from a professional tutor anytime at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 4. Wilson uses the program multiple times a week to help her study different subjects. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz)
Courtney Wilson, Aviano Middle/High School student, gets help with her math homework during a tutoring session at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Oct. 4. Tutor.com allows students to ask questions from subjects like math, science, social studies and English as well as helping with SAT and ACT preparation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz)
by Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/16/2012 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- When a student struggles with homework and their parents are unable to help, what should they do? The answer is a new program being used by the Department of Defense Dependent Schools that allows students to go online and speak to a professional tutor any time of the day.
Tutor.com links DODDS students to professional tutors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help with more than 16 different subjects. The program is free for all military members and dependents, and no appointments are needed.
"Tutor.com is a fabulous tool that helps students of all grades with their tests, homework, SAT and ACT [preparation]," said Deeanna Olesen, a guidance counselor, Aviano High School. "It gives the student that one-on-one interaction they need to learn."
Teachers on military bases around the world are also using this program to help instruct their students. The program has the capability to connect thousands of students online to live tutor sessions anywhere, even including public libraries.
One Aviano junior is spreading the word about the program in all her classes.
"Tutor.com is nice because with parents in the military and busy with other things, if I ever have a question or need help with my homework, I can just get online and get help right away, " said Courtney Wilson. "Because since I transitioned from an Italian school, I use the program about four-to-five times a week for studying and different types of homework."
Besides subjects such as algebra, chemistry, calculus and physics, Tutor.com can also help military service members with introductory college courses and career transitions such as writing resumes and finding a job. Individuals can also review past sessions they have had and also add favorite tutors.
For more information on the program, visit: http://www.tutor.com/military