Former city-worker dad harnesses student talent to cut the cost of private tutoring


This is from the New Business website.

Tutoring has a reputation of being the preserve of only wealthy parents, resigned to paying upwards of £35 an hour and with enough time and energy to shuttle their offspring to and from sessions – but all that may be about to change.

Frustrated by his search for affordable, high-quality tutoring for his own two daughters, north London dad Robert Grabiner – a former City worker – came up with an idea which will enable children to receive private tuition at less than half the usual price – and from the comfort of their own homes.

“Like most parents, I wanted my children to be tutored by someone excellent, but the cost can be prohibitive. It occurred to me that the advances in technology mean that this no longer has to be the case.”

So Robert set up MyTutor – an online community which brings together the UK’s highest-achieving university students with young people wanting to be tutored for GCSEs and A-Levels. Personalised, one-to-one lessons take place in a state-of-the-art ‘virtual classroom’, accessed by both parties at the touch of a button.

“It started with my daughter’s friends, many of whom are now thriving at various top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Birmingham, Durham and Warwick. These students are the future leaders in industry, government, finance, education and health. They were keen to use their significant skill sets to support others, gain experience and to earn some money whilst studying. It occurred to me that they are experts in their field and could provide high-quality tuition across the internet. The early sessions were very successful and since then it has snowballed.”

Read the full story on the New Business website

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