Research Brief | Small Group Tutoring in Remote District

Access to talent in remote geographic areas is a challenge many employers face. Schools and educational programs are no exception, especially for part-time or afterschool positions. Schools are expected to provide robust instructional support outside of the school day to assist students and families with meeting the demands of their academic workload. Geographically remote schools are faced with greater challenges in meeting these demands.


  • Lack of highly qualified instructors within 20 to 30 miles. When educational programs are limited to hiring only candidates that are geographically local, it drastically reduces the number of qualified applicants available.
  • Low applicant numbers for part-time employment. With only 17% of the US employed workforce working part-time jobs, the percentage of candidates interested in part-time opportunities decreases the number of anticipated applicants dramatically.
  • Cost of additional student transportation. With in-person tutoring, schools often need to provide additional transportation services for students to access support. This cost may outweigh the perceived benefits and not be approved for additional spending.

Research Brief Highlights:

  • Virtual, supplemental instruction from iTutor’s certified educators eliminates geographical barriers to educational services. 
  • We analyzed standardized test scores and found that iTutor students progressed faster than their national peers and demonstrated gains toward grade-level content! 
  • Use of iTutor was significantly associated with gains in test scores. For each additional hour of instruction, students were projected to increase their test scores by 5.5 points. 
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