Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Wyzant was the first digital marketplace to begin connecting students to independent tutors. Today, the company boasts over 80,000 qualified instructors, more than 300 subjects, and several best-in-class products and tools that bring students and instructors together both online and in person.
Wyzant employs an hourly pricing model that allows tutors to decide what they charge per hour within a $10 to $200 per hour range. Although this range might make services seem expensive, the average price for a high school math tutoring session is approximately $21.60 per hour, which is one of the lowest hourly rates in the industry. Further, customers are only charged after a lesson takes place. Payments can be made through Wyzant's website or mobile app using PayPal, a debit card, or a credit card.
With Wyzant, it's simple to take tutoring lessons online from anywhere in the world. In fact, all that is needed to participate in the company's online tutoring program is a computer and an internet connection. Wyzant even provides a tool on its website that helps students to check their computer settings and ensure that everything is set up properly. For students who would prefer to be tutored in person, the company provides instructors who are willing to meet up and work face-to-face. Many competitors only offer online tutoring services.
Wyzant understands that different students have different learning styles. Because of this, the company offers a variety of technological tools to better cater to each individual student. For example, Wyzant provides both text and audio chat features, video conferencing, a shared whiteboard space for students and tutors to collaborate on lessons or assignments, online file sharing, and tools for complex math equations.
Wyzant offers tutoring programs for over 300 subjects, including math, English, foreign languages, science, social studies, and test prep. The company also provides a helpful subject search tool on its website that allows consumers to quickly and easily find a tutor for their desired subject.
Wyzant provides tutoring for elementary school students, middle school students, high school students, and college students. Few companies in the industry offer tutoring services for such a wide range of grade levels.
Wyzant requires that each of its instructors complete a qualification process in order to be certified to tutor through its platform. The company's qualification process varies by subject. For some subjects, Wyzant requires applicants to complete a proficiency exam. For others, applicants must submit written qualifications detailing their educational background, relevant experience, and tutoring or teaching methods.
All written qualifications are reviewed and evaluated by a Wyzant team member. Because instructors must complete this rigorous process before they can tutor, customers can be confident that they will be working with a qualified individual.
Unfortunately, Wyzant does not automatically match students with tutors. Instead, the company requires students or their parents to select a tutor manually. There are tools on Wyzant's website to help students find potential instructors for their desired subject and grade level. However, this process does make the process of finding a tutor a bit more time consuming for the student. Further, once an instructor has been found, availability may vary.