"Yup lessens anxiety and helps students learn." (About Yup)
Managing homework can be a challenge for many students. At home alone without the support of an educator, students may feel overwhelmed by homework problems. Yup is an app that provides help by allowing students to take a snapshot of the homework problem they are currently struggling with. Once students have submitted an image, Yup connects them to a live tutor who can provide individualized help. It is an online tutoring service backed by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, and Stanford University. Yup reports that it has already reached over 500,000 students to provide personalized learning support.
One-on-one tutoring can cost parents a pretty penny, Yup provides a digital option to support struggling learners just-in-time. Yup also provides a free trial to allow students to try out the service. The trial is limited to either a timeframe or tutoring time so students can explore the app at their own pace. It can be downloaded from the app store, but the company has also partnered with schools to provide customized pricing for schools, districts, and digital curriculums.
A Formula for Success
The instructional framework behind Yup is called Personalized Inquiry Learning (PIL). This framework is comprised of a formula, tutor, and tools. The teaching formula begins by identifying gaps in a student’s understanding. Next, it adapts instruction to their personal needs. It aims to build skills through asking guiding questions. Then, tutors collaborate with students. Tutors are extensively trained in this process to provide support to students using the PIL model. Finally, the teaching tools support this framework by creating a one-to-one classroom where tutors and students can collaborate. Though many tutoring apps promise to help students, Yup’s extensive, research-backed approach may just set a new standard in online tutoring services.Image: via Pexels