Online tutoring services are a dime a dozen, and in recent times they’ve raised many dimes. Since 2016, these companies have raised more than $1.2 billion in venture capital, according to EdSurge data—most notably Chinese startups that connect local students with English tutors.
Most online tutoring startups offer their services directly to consumers, or, in the words of former teacher Philip Cutler, those who can afford to pay for them. But that model can be inequitable, says the former teacher. “I saw early on in my teaching career that a lot of my students were going to after-school homework help,” he tells EdSurge.