Where would we be without the internet? Believe it or not, countless generations of students have survived their academic journeys without wifi, Google, and Wikipedia. And so could you -- but you don't have to. Even though we are in the "information age," paper, pens and books have not become obsolete, and neither have in-home tutoring sessions. However, the advances in technology have opened up opportunities that didn't exist twenty, or even ten years ago.
When Inspire was founded in 2003, online tutoring was just getting started. Many people had internet connections known as dial-up. Connections were slow, video chat was choppy, and virtual whiteboards were not widely used. Today, things are very different. High school and college students have grown up with the internet, and using technology is second-nature to them. Many students today feel more at home with a Kindle or a Chromebook in their hands than an actual book or notepad and pencil. There is a place for both. Some students work best working out problems with a tutor sitting next to them, guiding them along. However, for many students, virtual (online) tutoring can be more convenient, easier to adapt to, and more fun.