Quality education is a quintessential component of every student’s life. But often students all over the globe find themselves bereft of quality learning once they leave school premises. Those who can actually access after-school tutoring are a small percentage – those who come from privileged families, while those who are in need of this simply can’t afford it. Online tutoring has been lately gaining traction to solve this grave problem. One of the leading companies solving this issue in North America is GradeSlam.
The prodigious founder, Phil Cutler, was already associated with founding of several other successful businesses prior to GradeSlam. But in 2014, he founded GradeSlam to give every student access to online tutoring support.
It is widely known that many of the students require after-school tutoring for homework help and extra learning. But this kind of learning is majorly associated with students who come from a wealthy family. Mr. Cutler wanted to change this.
GradeSlam’s system removed the traditional barriers by enhancing the ability of students to engage and understand their schoolwork. With an emphasis on contextualized, interactive academic support, GradeSlam brings learning to students’ fingertips. The GradeSlam experience encourages and engages them both inside and outside of the classroom.
The company began with the original ambition of giving every student in school or district access to online tutoring support. Today, it avails its online platform to educational and youth organizations. GradeSlam has around 200 partners and reaches out to more than 160,000 students.
With an eye on student success, they have worked ceaselessly with their customers, experts, and engineers to develop innovative solutions which promote an individually tailored learning experience for students across North America.
Backed by Google’s Assistant Fund
The innovative platform has been widely recognised for its tenacity, so much so, that it attracted the attention of Google. Google Assistant Investments program is rumoured to have put in over a million dollars to fund GradeSlam’s platform. The program also gave GradeSlam access to technology experts who could advise the company on using Google’s voice technology for its platform. GradeSlam has the distinction of being the second education-company to draw an investment from the program from Google.
GradeSlam’s commitment to student care extends beyond providing just good grades. Their help has been utilized for hundreds of thousands of students but the company also takes non-academic student support seriously. Their effort with student care and protection is aimed at preparing students for a life after post-graduation.
All the tutors on the GradeSlam are prepared to help students with any situation that comes their way. The tutors are put through SafeTalk training, which is a suicide-prevention program and helps the tutors’ detect early warning signs of suicide.
The company is also a signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge. By doing so, GradeSlam promises to align itself with the federal law and regulatory guidance with regards to collection and handling of student data.
Phil Cutler, Founder and CEO
Mr. Cutler is a successful entrepreneur. He has founded several successful businesses in the past including the national in-home tutoring service- Laurus Educational Services. At 25, he became the youngest elected City of Councillor in Westmount, Quebec. He is the city’s Commissioner of Infrastructure and Innovation.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from McGill University in Montreal. During his bachelor’s he played as a linebacker with the McGill redmen Football team. He also actively participates in philanthropic initiatives related to Alzheimer’s disease as well as the McGill University Health Center and the Jewish General Hospital.
Furman L. Templeton Preparatory Academy case study
It is believed that children coming from low income families often face learning difficulties and challenges for academic success. Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy, located in Baltimore, Maryland had a 95.2% of the student population which came from families with income below $15,171 per year. Geoffrey R. Meehle a teacher here decided to take the help of online tutoring service GradeSlam to help a group of fifth grade students at the Academy.
He wanted the service to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience within the school premises. He wanted to increase the student’s familiarity with computer learning and at the same time increase their homework completion.
A group of Meehle’s students had access to GradeSlam 24/7. GradeSlam had an impact. He observed that the students were motivated and confident. On the iReady assessment after 6 months of using GradeSlam, he observed that his students outperformed the other students who did not have access to GradeSlam. Moreover, this particular group of students saw an overall improvement on their benchmark assessments which was 30% higher than their peers.
Owing to the successful run at the Academy, Meehle looks forward to partner with GradeSlam again in future for a longer period of time.
“GradeSlam is the only comprehensive, unlimited learning solution providing 24/7 academic support, to all students.”
“GradeSlam is an on-demand, chat-based tutoring service available across all subject areas.”