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The Outsourcing Takeover

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Education outsourcing, in the form of tutoring and videoconferencing, has become increasingly popular in recent years. But how far will this phenomenon go? Are real, live teachers soon to be replaced by cyberinstructors — and in-class discussions by virtual classrooms? While the benefits of face-to-face interaction are hard to overlook, some argue that online tutoring is only the beginning of the educational outsourcing takeover.

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I believe the main reason is due to cost. Companies like TutorVista.com utilize technology to tutor students in the US, while based in Bangalore, India. They pay their tutors who are all degreed in line with the cost of living. The cost for a student who schedules 2 hours of tutoring a week averages only a few dollars per session!!

Here are some FAQs from their website:

1. What is TutorVista?

TutorVista provides world-class online tutoring and homework help for K-12 and college students. Students get live one-on-one assistance to excel at school/ college and in competitive exams. Students can use TutorVista for homework help and instant live assistance with exams, assignments and projects. It is the same as having a tutor in your home or dorm - 24x7!

TutorVista's online tutoring is personalized for each student. At the outset, an assessment test is given to identify the student's strengths and needs. We also talk to you at length about what you need from TutorVista. We use your inputs and the results of the assessment test to develop a personalized learning plan. We use the exact same curriculum and textbooks used at your school or college.

In addition to live tutoring over the Internet, you can use TutorVista's worksheets, lessons, practice tests, question banks and even animations to master a subject. You will not need learning centers, private tutors or test-prep companies anymore- TutorVista meets all your academic needs!

2. How much does it cost?

Unlike private tutors or learning centers that charge $50 or more per hour, TutorVista charges only $19.99 per hour. Alternatively, you can also choose to buy an unlimited monthly package for $99.99 per month where you can use TutorVista daily - whenever you need, as often as you need live one-on-one assistance.

3. How good are the tutors?

TutorVista only hires experienced tutors - all have graduate degrees and teaching credentials. The tutors undergo weeks of intensive training and pass stringent certification exams. Our tutors adhere to national and state academic standards and curricula. Our competitive exam tutors for SAT, GRE, GMAT and other exams are all top scorers in that exam.

4. What curriculum and textbooks does the tutor use?

TutorVista adheres to national and state standards and is fully cognizant of the requirements of the local school district or student's college. Our tutors use the same textbooks used by the student to ensure that the tutoring is relevant and useful. The tutors make it a point to be involved in the regular academic activities of the student. They monitor the progress of the student during the academic year, assist with daily homework, book reports or assignments and help students prepare for upcoming exams.

5. What subjects and exams does TutorVista cover?

Math: School Math, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Analysis, Linear Algebra, Number Theory

Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Accounting, Economics, Finance, History, Geography

English Grammar, Reading, Writing, Poetry, Literature, Vocabulary and assistance with essays and books reports.

SAT, PSAT, ACT, AP, CLEP, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, USMLE, TOEFL, DAT, NCLEX: strategies and techniques with special online tutoring programs and essay coaching from top scorers!

Study Skills: Improve reading, writing, memory skills and boost your grades.

Special programs for homeschoolers and distance learners.

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