Free Online Tutoring Available for Service Members, Families

Story Number: NNS100117-09Release Date: 1/17/2010 8:22:00 PM
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By Bruce Moody, Commander, Navy Installations Command, Fleet and Family Support Program Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Free and unlimited tutoring in a variety of subjects ranging from secondary education mathematics to resume writing is now available online for all service members and their families.

A new service provided by the Department of Defense matches youths and adults with certified, professional tutors at

Tutors can assist students in more than 16 subjects - from kindergarten to college-level calculus, statistics and physics - as well as state standardized tests and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) exams.

The website always matches one student with one tutor, an individual certified in the student's subject and level of education. Students and tutors will meet in an interactive workspace through a chat session. An uploaded book report, for example, can be opened in the workspace, allowing both student and tutor to review the material. Specialized workspaces for subjects such as math or chemistry include toolbars with functions for creating equations, charts and graphs.

Tutors won't give answers to a student or write a paper for them, instead providing guidance and resources. Tutors will also work with parents desiring instruction on effectively tutoring their children.

All of the sessions are anonymous and conducted by screened, certified tutors and career specialists who have all completed a third-party background check.

In addition to providing guidance on a variety of subjects, tutors can also assist students with college searches, but the program is not specific to educational pursuits. Adults can interface with career specialists for help with:
-Job search strategies
-Resume writing
-Cover letters
-Interview preparation
-Financial literacy
-Preparing for citizenship
-Preparing to take the General Educational Development test
-Returning to college
-College entrance exams

The service is free for all U.S. active duty service members, U.S. military Reservists, U.S. National Guard personnel on active duty in a deployed status, U.S. military retirees, Wounded Warriors, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians assigned to DoD installations and their dependents.

The website will be widely used at Navy youth programs and by school liaison officers, who are scheduled to showcase the website to Navy families and their children's teachers, said Chuck Clymer, Jr., Navy Child and Youth Education Program manager.

"It's a resource that is right in line with our core services," Clymer said. "It supports our mission to provide high quality educational programs for children and youth."

Navy youth programs will be using to augment their "Power Hour" and "Job Ready" education and career development programs.

Naval Base San Diego School Liaison Officer Kirsten Web, a Navy spouse with two children, described as an outstanding resource for the whole family.

"My son didn't need a full-time tutor, but occasionally needs assistance with high level math," Webb said. " was the perfect solution. Now he uses it for SAT prep and for assistance with his writing."

Tutors are available globally 24-hours daily at To access the site, eligible personnel must first sign in to Navy Knowledge Online at and click on the "Reference" tab, found on the right side of the page. Here, there are links for the tutoring site. has a network of more than 1,800 expert tutors that have conducted more than five million sessions in math, science, social studies and English. is an American Association of School Administrators partner and has been awarded the Parent's Choice Gold Award in 2008 and 2009.

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