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TutorTN service now available

Unicoi County is one of only a few Tennessee counties where students now have access to a new online tutoring service called TutorTN.
According to Director of Schools Denise Brown, the program is a partnership between the school system, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and the Unicoi County Public Library.
“We are excited to be chosen for this pilot program,” Brown said. “Online tutoring supports the work of our teachers. Students will get the individualized learning and extra time they need with their homework, and can come to class ready to learn new material.
“TutorTN is especially valuable for our high school students taking advanced placement courses, she continued. “TutorTN helps students build confidence in tough subjects, when they need extra practice.”
The service is available to students in Kindergarten through college who are Unicoi County Library users, according to a press release from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office. These students can access TutorTN by visiting and entering their library card numbers. The site provides students with “expert tutors for one-to-one homework help or tutoring sessions in online classrooms,” the press release said.
TutorTN was first used in Knox County last year. Unicoi County joins Putnam and Henry counties in taking part in the program for this school year, according to the state. Brown said one school system from each of Tennessee’s grand divisions were selected for the program this school year.
Funding for TutorTN is being provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
“TutorTN provides a terrific service for young people,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “I am pleased that we are able to offer this service for students who live in Unicoi County. If this pilot program is successful, hopefully we will be able to offer the service in other parts of the state as well.”
According to the state, after logging onto the TutorTN site, students will then select their grade levels and subjects. The students can type in questions for the tutors who will work with the students in online classrooms using text and interactive whiteboards. Students will also be able to browse web resources and share documents. Sessions can also be shared via email and are saved for later review. TutorTn can be accessed on mobile phones and tablets.
Tutors are scheduled to be available Sundays through Thursdays from 3-10 p.m.
According to the state, the service has almost 3,000 “carefully-vetted” tutors to help students with core academic subjects. Tutors are also available to help students with papers, reports and college essays.
“Tutor TN is a great use of technology to improve our students' performance,” Sen. Rusty Crowe said. “I hope many students in our community will take advantage of this new service.”