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Inspired by our internet neighbor, Khan Academy

The Enlightened Journey: A Tale of Passion for Learning and Teaching

Feb 29, 2024

In late November of 2023, while procrastinating and surfing the web, I stumbled upon Schoolhouse World. My aim was to find a website that would provide a free tutoring service to help me improve my knowledge of biology and math. And that's where my journey began. Ever since my dad introduced me to the concept of a streak in third grade, I've been using Khan Academy every day. I fell in love with the platform and was pleased to discover that its founder, Sal Khan, had created a new platform called Schoolhouse World. As I set up my account and started interacting with the platform, I felt something special inside me. I decided to join subworlds and interact with tutors and other users on the platform. It was then that I met some of the smartest and kindest people I've ever encountered. I was amazed at the quality of the tutors, who were among the best I've ever met. As I started making friends on Schoolhouse World, I became more involved in the platform. I began hosting my own speech and debate sessions and even attended my first Model UN, where I placed second in my committee. During this time, I made connections with people who challenged me to be the best version of myself. My current math tutor is one of them. I started with a negative outlook on geometry, thinking it would never be for me. However, my tutor made it fun and engaging, and I now attend every Saturday for a math session. If you're looking to learn more about a specific topic or concept, improve your grades, or even meet new friends who push you to be the best version of yourself, I highly recommend joining Schoolhouse World.

Prakruti S

Learner in United States of America

Don’t give up on what you love

Jan 31, 2024

I first joined Schoolhouse in May of 2021. When I first heard SHW, it was when I found out on social media. When I went in depth with scrolling in social media, it was during the pandemic. One day I was scrolling and I bumped into this one ad that is free live Zoom tutoring. My mind went blank and I was so shocked saying “There is free live Zoom tutoring. Really? There is no way tutoring is free online.” I didn’t believe that was ever existed and I thought it was a scam at any point. Eventually, I decided to search the website itself and unfortunately, I didn’t get what I wanted. What I mean by that is that I know the first few letters, but not all the letters surprisingly. However, unfortunately, I didn’t see the ad again and I was so devastated. What I mean by devastated, I mean that I went through the process of depression. However, after a few days, I meant to find the ad again. Finding the ad again, I was so happy and I jumped up and down over and over again. After I found the ad, I eventually searched and got the website itself. The first thing that I did on the schoolhouse website was sign up and register for a session. I didn’t know how to register for a session due to me on a new platform and overthinking decisions. Eventually, I learned how to register a session by clicking the register button and join the session. My first schoolhouse session was probably the most intimidating ever because I thought that the tutor would not like me at all and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to follow up on what we had learned that day. Turns out, the first session tends to be the best session ever because the tutor was so nice and so helpful in any way possible. The tutor was so patient and helped me whenever I got an answer wrong. After the session, I found out about the rating which is so cool and so interactive at the same time. I was a learner for 5 months during the process without ever thinking of becoming a tutor in the first place. My first impression of that is that “Oh no! I probably do not qualify enough to become a tutor due to my focus on school and maybe it wouldn’t be right for me to fully commit to tutoring whatsoever. However, one tutor has inspired me to become a tutor because a tutor gets freedom in some way and you could host anything that you want to choose. I was so indecisive about whether or not I would want to become a tutor, but at the end of the day, you just have to go for it and believe that you could do it. Then, I decided to fill out a tutor application. During the tutor application process, I was so nervous, but also confident at the same time. However, after the tutor application, I decided to think that maybe I wouldn’t get in due to experience in stuff. When I finished my shower, I got an email saying my tutor application was approved and I was so excited for the whole night. After joining Slack, I met my onboarding buddy name Lakshana M. Lakshana M. is probably one of the onboarding buddies that I will forever be grateful for. She helped me on my first session and she gave me valuable tips on what to know for future sessions. Even though she isn’t here anymore, I appreciate it as an onboarding buddy and as a friend. Always wish her the best always and forever. Lastly, my journey in SHW has been fun and bittersweet. Thank you Schoolhouse for always being there for me whenever I need it. Even though there was a struggle to find the website in the first place, I am happy that it became the person I am today and also have everlasting friendships at the same time. Without you guys, I would have never known that free live Zoom tutoring existed and I wouldn’t have met people around the world. The moral lesson of this story is don’t give up what you’re looking for because eventually you will get there and you will feel accomplished after finding the thing you’re looking for. Schoolhouse helped me through that every step of the way and I’m grateful to have been part of this journey in the first place. Can’t wait what the future holds at SHW.

Cindi L

Tutor in United States of America

Amazing tutors!

Feb 16, 2024

Hello, I am writing to express the exceptional quality of instruction I have received from the tutors at Schoolhouse. Their dedication, patience, and expertise have significantly contributed to my rapid understanding of the course material. Thank you so much!

Stella G

Learner in Spain

Great Help

Jan 17, 2024

I signed up for an SAT Reading/Writing Class. It was extremely helpful and I learned a lot.

Claire S

Learner in United States of America

Language is not a big factor!!!

Feb 16, 2024

As a learner from Bangladesh, I joined SHW in April, from that time every session I attend was math from a long ago I faced a lot of problems in math. SHW tutors basically follow the international language its normal for every international platform, but it was very first me learning math in other language. I was confused and nervous, but I won that fear because the whole worldwide math has an equal balance. So, from that time and so far, until now I am teaching and learning math in English. Math has a language which every people from various country understands and thanks to SHW to make this journey better.

Naim S

Learner in Bangladesh

Falling in Love With Education

Jan 4, 2024

I first joined Schoolhouse as an SAT Bootcamp tutor. When I received an invitation, I was interested in the idea of fully online volunteer tutoring and figured that I might as well try. After my first session, I immediately fell in love with both teaching and education as a whole. I was amazed by the bravery that my learners possessed to meet with me, at the time a stranger, to grow academically. I found myself losing any fear I had of teaching as the session progressed, and it made me so excited when one of them would correctly answer a question about a concept I taught. I wasn't sure why I was so happy at first, but after the series ended it clicked: My tutoring specifically was making a visible difference. After hosting several more sessions, I began to realize that teaching wasn't the only thing I loved about these sessions. I loved the exposure to diverse interests and personalities, I cherished the little notes of feedback my learners wrote to me, both positive and negative, and I adored preparing for my sessions and both reviewing the material myself and learning new information while I prepared. The constant growth on both ends, the varied interactions with my learners, and the desire to contribute as much as possible to a session, THIS is what is special about education as a whole, and I loved every second of it. I continued to branch out at Schoolhouse: I tutored a greater variety of subjects, joined several teams, and began leading a team of my own. However, this did not deter my newfound love for education; it fostered it. Education is not just limited to academic learning; rather, we can learn through new experiences, through observing and working with others, and through the desire to make change, be it personal or external. Through Schoolhouse, I fell in love with every aspect of education, and I cannot be more grateful that it happened.

Cortni T

Tutor in United States of America

What Learners Have To Say About Sessions

Professional young man speaks very good as a teacher, as someone would with a great deal of experience. Vismay P. is very knowledgeable about programming. I would definitely recommend this tutor. Also he shared many recourses that will be very helpful to me in my continued learning. There were 2 people in the class and attention was given to each person fairly so that each person took from the class.
Learner in Vismay P's session

(Parent here) Excellent teaching -- the best tutoring we've seen so far. Very organized, useful time management tips, engaging process of letting kids try the questions on their own then calling on them to explain, and helpful review of key learnings at the end. Thank you!
Learner in Shiva K's session

I don’t know how but your way of explaining complex topics make so much sense to me. I tend to struggle with a lot of topics because I am definitely more of a hands on learner which was difficult in a virtual school setting since I tend to not ask a lot of questions even though I know I should. I really appreciate how attentive you are and if you continue doing topic like tonight’s, I will probably pass the exam because of you :’).
Learner in Karen J's session

Ananyaa was super nice and chill. She gave some great tips I'll be sure to use from now on.
Learner in Ananyaa N's session

The tutor was amazing! She provided us with an engaging session wherein she cleared all our doubts. The slides and the annotations were exceptionally informative. I hope to attend many more sessions by this tutor.
Learner in Simran R's session

my friend and I have been trying to go to every single one of your sessions for the past few weeks and we literally love you. like we go to other tutor sessions and are always saying we miss karen. thank you so much for everything you've been so helpful and patient I hope I have a reason to use schoolhouse again for SAT prep maybe!
Learner in Karen J's session

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