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Meet Charvi Goyal, Jessica Ding, Kaustubh Sonawane and Angelina Ehara of TutorScope

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charvi Goyal, Jessica Ding, Kaustubh Sonawane and Angelina Ehara.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
TutorScope started back in March of this year as schools were beginning to close down due to the pandemic. Charvi, our president, reached out to the rest of us with the idea of starting a tutoring service that would allow many struggling students to get the help they needed at no cost. We all knew how hard it was for many kids to learn without live instruction, and we understood the potential for TutorScope to be a great resource for those needing homework help or general school advice. Within a matter of two weeks (and many video calls later), we were able to figure out all the logistics and get our website up and running! Currently, we have had over 250 students register with us, and we are so excited to see how TutorScope will continue to support learners in the future.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As a community, over the seven months since our formation, we’ve gone through many obstacles of making sure that our organization was able to provide the most amount of educational help to the DFW public. The initial struggle of our organization was truly in being able to get the word about our organization out to the students who truly needed this help with a lack of personal attention in online schools. With our outreach capacity limited by the low familiarity of our organization, our growth in the number of students started declining with many of our sessions being left empty; however, the new school year brought an additional necessity of tutors to help guide these students, who were still having to learn a significant portion of class materials on their own. Since then, TutorScope has blossomed to accept many more students around Texas and even students outside our state with multiple media features in NBC, CBS, and the Plano Star Courier that helped expand our student base and viewers into the thousands.

TutorScope – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
TutorScope is a non-profit organization that provides K-12 students with free, online, one-on-one tutoring sessions over Zoom video calls. We’re quite big on personalization and flexibility here, and it’s really what makes TutorScope TutorScope. As students ourselves, we get that there is no one-size-fits-all method for learning or teaching. Everyone is different, and our goal is to give our community a free educational resource that celebrates that diversity in education. That’s why we try to give our students as much control as possible over how they want the lessons to go. Every week, we release new sign-ups for them to book as many 15-minute sessions as they need, with whichever tutor they’d like, on whatever topic they want.

Some come to us with specific material to go over; others just want general help. Some come back weekly; others pick and choose based on whenever they need extra help. Some want to get ahead in class; others just want to review. If students want to contact us about anything, our collective and individual communication channels are always open. Whatever it is and however our students want to go about tackling it, we’re willing to work with them on it. No matter what your grade, age, socioeconomic situation, or learning style is, we want to help you and that’s something we’re really proud of.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success for us can be defined as being the best version of ourselves at the moment, whether it means building strong relationships with our students or offering quality content to our base. We set small but definite goals to accomplish, such as refining our systems and reaching out to other organizations, and regularly discuss our future plans within the executive board to make sure we keep our standards high. We don’t stop or become content with ourselves because we know there is so much more we can do for the community. Rather, we see each milestone as progress necessary to become the organization we strive to be–flexible and always ready to support our students.

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