How apps are surpassing the traditional tutor (continued)

Khan Academy

A nonprofit tutorial program, Khan Academy thrives on its mission to provide others the opportunity to access a world-class education. With Khan, students have access to an extensive library of content that includes interactive challenges, assessments, and videos from any computer with web capabilities. Activities are focused on the pace of the student thus allowing the student to progress without the classroom pressures. (Cost: FREE)


The mission behind TutorVista is simply to provide world-class tutoring and high-quality content to students around the world. Already a premier online destination for affordable education and tutoring services—anytime, anywhere and in any subject—students can access service from home or school. The program’s comprehensive lesson and question bank create an environment where students can master subjects. (Cost: varies from $20 to $250 based on monthly subscriptions) To Go

As an on-demand tutoring service that empowers students to connect to a tutor from any device, with an HTML5 classroom, this app prides itself on its accessibility. Students who use this app are given the ability to connect to a live tutor for one-to-one help in math, science, social studies, and English. There is also the benefit of additional resources from the Skills Center Resource Library that can be accessed at any time. (Cost: FREE)

Learn To Be

The mission at Learn To Be is simple: to provide free, online tutoring to kids in underserved communities. The program itself specializes in K-12 students around the globe, but is also focused on providing individualized instruction to students who don’t have the resources to otherwise compete. By using real-time virtual whiteboards with voice and webcam conferencing this program provides academic support to students struggling in math, science, and language arts. (Cost: FREE)


XtraMath, a Seattle-based organization is dedicated to helping students achieve math skills within elementary school. While problems are timed, this program allows students to build essential memorization skills they will need in order to move on to more advanced math concepts. With XtraMath educators can see areas where students are struggling and use it to their advantage when creating lesson plans.

Gaby Arancibia is an editorial intern at eSchool News.