RIT Student Creates Web Site to Provide Sophisticated Homework Help
Tutorii.com offers user-generated support for high school and college students
Dec. 9, 2009
by John Follaco
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Students have a new place to turn for help with homework, projects and papers—a place that offers content much more sophisticated than multiplication tables or geography. Tutorii.com, a Web site developed by second-year RIT software engineering student Eric Koslow, allows users to ask questions and provides assistance with complex high school and college-level work.
“There comes a point when you can no longer get the help you need from parents or friends,” says Koslow. “Now, when people get stuck on a particular problem, they can come to Tutorii to seek help.”
Koslow stresses that Tutorri is not a site that users should expect to visit, find an easy solution and move on. Users are instructed not to ask or answer a question in which they are simply looking for a solution to a problem. Instead, Tutorri is designed to help users understand the nature of the problem so they can determine an answer and learn the process behind it.
Tutorri has not been monetized, nor does Koslow intend to do so. It’s a free service that is open to people across the country. The site launched Oct. 11 and has slowly begun to accumulate new users. Koslow has funded the low-budget effort entirely on his own, relying on friends to post flyers at RIT and at other college campuses across the country.
Users are allowed to rate an individuals response to a question. As a result, the highest-quality responses rise to the top of the site—a mechanism similar to what is used by the popular site Digg.com.
“I created Tutorii because I wished there was a site that offered this service. And if I wanted it, I was sure there were others,” Koslow says. “I really hope that Tutorii can grow and develop. It’s only going to be as good as the number of people who use it.”