The No Child Left Behind program that was signed by President George W. Bush in January of 2002 has brought way to many new advances in tutoring services. In the NCLB program states must work together to close the achievement gap and make sure all students, including those who are disadvantages, achieve academic proficiency. Annual state and school district report cards inform parents and communities about state and school progress. Schools that do not make progress must provide supplemental services, such as free tutoring or after-school assistance. In order to provide these services, school systems may purchase supplemental curriculum materials or schedule tutoring, and now they can even offer services from an online tutoring provider.
Although there are still some kinks that need worked out to provide the best service with online tutoring companies there are several advantages. It is available for a longer time period, and can be accessed from anywhere in the school.
It is even available if a student needs assistance at home. Online tutoring also can provide a larger range of grade levels and subjects than most individual tutors.
One supplemental educational service (SES) provider is Apangea SmartHelp. It offers programmed mathematics lessons over the Internet. In this service students go through computer-driven programmed lessons and only have access to a live tutor when they experience difficulty. Each lesson involves basic instruction followed by skill and a short test to determine whether or not the student has mastered the concept presented. The way that Apangea is presented is one of the main advantages to this program. The lessons do not put too much information on the screen at one time and also allows the student to reverse to previous screens to review information. Unlike Catapult (read about below), Apangea uses simple, colorful diagrams to help convey...