Mississippi GEAR UP program has selected SMARTHINKING as the statewide
provider of live online tutoring for its students. Beginning in
November, over 8,500 students from rural, urban and suburban schools
across the state will have access to math tutors around the clock,
an essay review service, and live tutoring in six other subjects.
"We carefully evaluated the online tutoring providers
and selected SMARTHINKING," said The University of Southern
Mississippi's Jennifer Phillips, tutoring and mentoring coordinator
for GEAR UP Mississippi.
"Their experience, commitment to quality, and
extensive services made the difference." SMARTHINKING's highly
trained tutors will help Mississippi students as they do their homework,
study for tests, write school and college application essays, and
prepare for state assessments.
Mississippi GEAR UP students will have access to the
only online math tutoring service staffed 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Students can also get personalized feedback on their
writing from SMARTHINKING's Online Writing Lab, and get one-on-one
help in English, statistics, economics, accounting, physics, chemistry,
biology, and bilingual math.
Short for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for
Undergraduate Programs, Mississippi GEAR UP gives students from
seventh grade through high school the academic support and counseling
they need to get ready for college. "These students are working
hard to succeed in school and prepare for college," said Neil
Allison, vice president of K-12 services at SMARTHINKING, Inc. "We're
delighted to support them with live online tutoring, so they get
the help they need, when they need it."
Over 80 percent of SMARTHINKING e-structors have a
master's degree or Ph.D. in their discipline. SMARTHINKING projects
that it will provide 300,000 tutoring sessions to 70,000 students
in the 2004-05 academic year. In a survey of nearly 1500 users,
93 percent of students said they would recommend it to a friend;
73 percent said that use of SMARTHINKING improved their grades;
and 92 percent said they would use the service again. Corroborating
studies conducted by multiple clients confirm that the use of SMARTHINKING's
services improves student performance.