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Local tutors transition to online learning amid shelter-at-home order

Posted at 4:08 AM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 09:00:02-04

As kids are spending more time at home, local tutors say transitioning their students to online has definitely come with challenges.

Lauren Hecker, a private tutor in San Luis Obispo said keeping the same length for an online session as you would in person during the shelter-at-home order has not been easy.

“We did try a two hour session online but that’s a long time for younger kids to sit online,” said Hecker.

Hecker said she encourages parents to reach out to tutors during these times to avoid future education delays.

“Their parents just don’t have the time to focus on schooling alone and that’s why I put my services out there because I know a lot of students are falling back right now and I know it’ll be really hard when they go into the next year,” added Hecker.

David Serwitz, the owner of Grade Potential Tutoring said his company managed to keep most of their students during the online transition. An hour session can cost a parent between $39-$40.

As of Thursday, the tutoring center says they've successfully transitioned thousands of students to online learning across 43 cities.

“We’ve made leaps and bounds of progress. I’m sure if it were normal times, it would have taken us months to learn what we’ve learned in the past two to three weeks,” said Serwitz.

Under Grade Potential Tutoring, all sessions are recorded so that students and families can go back and review material.

Both recommend parents have meetings with potential tutors beforehand to identify their specific needs and who may be best equipped to help their child.

Tutoring for both is also available for kids with special needs or learning disabilities.

To contact Lauren Hecker, email

To learn more about Grade Potential Tutoring, click here.