|Weekly News Digest
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Tutor.com Launches New Mobile and Personal Features
Tutor.com has released a brand new look and new mobile and personal features out to its thousands of library, school, and military sites. Tutor.com says it is the first online homework help company to release a mobile application for library patrons. The Tutor.com library advisory council, data from more than one million student surveys, and feedback from a network of 2,200 tutors drove the development process. New features are available to current clients at no additional cost and were showcased at the Midwinter ALA Meeting.
Tutor.com To Go allows library users to browse Tutor.com educational and career resources and save and review their sessions on an iPhone or iPod Touch from anywhere at any time. And this spring, students and job seekers of all ages will be able to connect to a tutor right from their phone to study for an exam, review a homework question, and replay previous sessions. Tutor.com plans to develop for additional mobile devices.
Tutor.com is also launching personalized services for users that will make their one-to-one tutoring experience even better. Students can now select and connect to their favorite tutors when they set up an optional account and even view the tutor’s online schedule. Connecting to a favorite tutor is the most requested feature from students and the company expects an enthusiastic response from the close to one million users who use Tutor.com’s services through their public library.
Students and job seekers who create an optional account can also save and review their sessions at anytime and even share these sessions with friends, parents or teachers. Students have the option to playback their sessions at different speeds to aid them in studying for an exam.
Tutor.com’s comprehensive and professional reports have been upgraded based on librarian feedback and input from our advisory council. These enhancements help libraries showcase the success of their Tutor.com programs to friends of the library, funding organizations, and the community. Reports include new graphs and trend data and are easy to incorporate into presentations, print, or email.
Paula J. Hane
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