Couple take knowledge
Web site offers students
live one-on-one math tutoring.
and Monika Joshi are known in their family as experts
on picking a college, finding scholarships and tutoring.
are taking their knowledge and sharing it with the world in their new
Internet venture: studentnest.com.
accountant, and his wife, Monika, a registered nurse, have spent the past
year fine-tuning their idea and about $125,000 of their own money to roll
out their Fresno-based company.
studentnest.com will be become a resource for students and parents seeking
answers to everything including math problems and college majors. The Web
site also has an area for posting jobs and buying and selling items.
"We've realized that there really isn't anything like this out there,"
Chander Joshi said.
Web site's more popular features is a live one-on-one math tutoring service
Joshi is banking will be used by students at low-performing schools.
federal No Child Left Behind Act, approved tutors, such as studentnest.com,
can be hired by school districts to boost student achievement. The state of
has set aside $146 million for tutoring under the act.
end, Joshi has met with school districts statewide and has plans to provide
tutoring to 22 districts stretching from Yuba City
The Joshis are running a pilot program at Cooper Middle School
students will receive tutoring for five weeks at no cost to the school.
a Cooper math teacher, said studentnest.com will provide much needed
one-on-one tutoring for struggling students.
class sizes are too large, and it is hard to get to those students who need
the most help," Thomas said.
allows us to give them the extra help they need. We are hopeful this will
The Joshis have simplified the process. All the students
need is a computer. The company supplies a headset, microphone and a mouse
pen. There are no software downloads.
parents who know what it is like driving their children to tutors, this
will be easy, they can do it from home," said Monika Joshi, co-owner.
session costs $25, and each session will be recorded for future reference.
studentnest.com tutors are credentialed teachers with some based in India
40 tutors are on the company's roster.
will have tutors from all over the world," Chander
all will be credentialed, and they will undergo background checks."
Graff, the company's director of public relations, said studentnest.com is
joining a growing number of online tutoring companies worldwide.
that although studentnest.com focuses on students in grades 3 through 12,
she sees the potential at the college level.
market is almost limitless," Graff said. "It is just phenomenal
how big this is."
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