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Launching PracTutor

What started as a seed of an idea over a coffee table discussion about 16 months ago have taken the shape of a product.  We discussed about the problems the elementary and middle school kids faced in Math and English and how there were so many yet so few effective websites out there to address this problem.

I am so thrilled today to share the first version of PracTutor – www.practutor.com to address some of those problems and give the power back to the parents.  We spent about 16 months discussing, ideating, developing, fine tuning and making sure everything worked and finally seeing it live feels like magic.

Its like becoming a father after 16 months of anxiousness.  However, like all father know, this is just the beginning. I still have to ensure my baby learns to walk, speak the first words and then run and grow.  I would need every single users’ support to ensure this happens. So please call me (502-400-9374), email me (hardik@practutor.com), send me feedback, concerns, questions, likes, comments, tweets whatever to make PracTutor grow.

I would like to thank the entire team who made this happen.

We opened PracTutor to the world on June 2, 19.32 hours and since then we have got 5219 people registering on PracTutor which feels very good.  I would like to have continuous feedback from you to ensure we make it better to suit your needs and make it the perfect solution to help you and the kids.  If you think it can benefit others, please share it with your friends.

I want to ensure that your experience with PracTutor is as awesome as was ours while developing it.

Thank You,
Hardik Parikh
Proud parent of PracTutor

PracTutor launches the pre-registration to help students learn Math and English in an adaptive innovative way

Louisville, KY. September 08, 2012 – PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor was established with just one focus – THE STUDENT. PracTutor is trying to solve the challenge of how can we make any student love, learn and enjoy Math and English.

There are 39 million students in US in K-8 in public and private schools. Only 69% students make it to a high school and less than 70% to a college. Most of them falter at one of the numerous high school or college admission tests.  In college, majority of the students need to take remedial courses in Math and English. About 40% of the students take some form of Math and English training program to prepare for high school and more than 75% to prepare for college admission tests. The students get frustrated with the narrow focus of such trainings or possible interventions not available when needed. PracTutor experience is personalized and it understands the student’s strengths to challenge them more on their strengths and it understands their weaknesses to eliminate them.

PracTutor is virtually effortless and very intuitive for the student to use. It applies intelligent algorithms to understand the student’s abilities in Math and English and provide practice and training to strengthen their skills. This training is mapped to each and every standard of the common core curriculum. PracTutor involves the parents and the school teacher in the student’s progress and provides all the elements required for the success of the student. A private tutor can help the student whenever they need any help.

“I created PracTutor because I was frustrated after using quite a few after-school Math and English programs for my two sons in Grades 3 and 5, I felt there had to be a better way, a better product and not seeing one, decided to create one.”, said Vatsal Ghiya, co-founder, PracTutor.

“I have seen a lot of my cousins and sons and daughters on my friends struggle with Math and English with numerous programs they work on. All of the training programs seem to be missing one or several elements. We wanted to provide the entire ecosystem – a complete solution. That is what PracTutor is.”, said Hardik Parikh, co-founder and CEO, PracTutor.

PracTutor’s team comprises experts on Math and English from common core team, web designers, software developers, child psychologists, parents and school administrators.

PracTutor is in development right now and we would like to invite users for beta testing as soon as we have it out.

Watch what we do at http://youtu.be/HTo_D6N-CVI

Take a tour of the product at –http://www.practutor.com/tour

Pre-register using this link – http://www.practutor.com/

About PracTutor

Started in April -2012, PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor is part of emPower Training Solutions (www.empowerbpo.com) that has been providing online compliance solutions to 100+ healthcare practices and hospitals since the last 4 years.

To learn more about PracTutor follow us at: http://www.facebook.com/PracTutor

PracTutor
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
http://www.practutor.com

Contact:
Hardik Parikh, Co-founder and CEO
12806 Townepark Way,
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Direct (502) 400-9374
Email: hardik@practutor.com
Twitter: @hardikvparikh
Blog: http://hardik.practutor.com

All press related inquiries to press@practutor.com

HOW IT ALL STARTED

So how did we get into this? How did we end up going from giving compliance training solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations across the US to creating a K12 Math and English training program?

Well it all started one Sunday. Vatsal – The CEO of our parent company and I were discussing about education in our hometown Louisville, KY and in general across the US. His sons Yash and Rohan were excellent students. A graders. They were very good in Math and English and to get a bit more ahead in class they subscribed to a correspondence course called Math Wizard. This company used to send a few booklets for practice on Math and English – once a month. Both Yash and Rohan used to sit down every day for about an hour and solve problems on Math and write answers for English. Vatsal then needed to check the answers, score them, fill the scorecard, put it in an envelope and send it back and then wait. After about 2-3 months he would get a response from Math Wizard how Yash and Rohan are doing and that was again not a comparison with all the students and where they stood, just their individual result and a simple 2 line email or feedback (which was pretty obvious). Till they got the result for the 1st worksheets they were already on the 4th so no chance to go back and correct their errors or improve. This system sucked. The questions were not great as well.

We started discussing if there are better options out there. And we asked Chetan – our Managing Director. His daughters Priya and Pooja were enrolled in Kumon program in Evansville, IN, about 2 hour drive from Louisville, KY. I talked with both Priya and Pooja separately about Kumon but the feedback was same. BORING. Kumon asks to do the same worksheet sometimes as many as 6 times. The problems are simple ones so the student gets bored, really bored. In fact there is an anti-Kumon club as well started by a few kids.

http://www.wix.com/antikumonclub/anti-kumon-club

I found a few other interesting articles about them

http://www.mathsinsider.com/about-kumon-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

http://www.mathsinsider.com/the-kumon-interviews/

http://www.math-problem-solving.com/kumon_advantages_disadvantages.html#Disadvantages

So all 3 of us started thinking, isn’t there any other better alternative to learn Math and English. Surely someone must have thought of something interesting and we thought to discuss the same thing in about 2 weeks’ time having researched if there are better options.

All of us started looking for other options and talking to people.

Most of the people we talked to knew only of Kumon, Sylvan or private tutors (the latter two being very expensive $ 50+ per hour). Huntington was another option but again it was more tutoring at their center and on topics that the student was weak on, nothing to enhance the skills and master them.

Online – for Math the only things that we kept finding were Khan Academy and iXL. We put all 4 kids on both of them as our little testing. They enjoyed for the first 10 minutes or so. Rohan got excited as he got a badge on Khan but then he was bored here too. The practice in Khan academy and iXL was not adaptive and challenging enough for him. Yash being a smart kid solved all the problems thrown by these software and started waiting for more challenging problems but he was given similar type of problems over and over again. This frustrated him. The same thing happened with Priya.

So all 3 of us (Vatsal, Chetan and I) started wondering that there is definitely a gap. A solution to help elementary and middle school student learn, understand and then practice Math and English was illusive today.

All the online and brick and mortar companies had more holes than plugs. If the practice was good, teaching suffered. If teaching was decent, the practice was not challenging or adaptive.

We decided to jump in and create a software that teaches Math and English – that allows the students to practice and challenge them as they progress. This has to be both online and should be printable. Tutoring thrown in should work as well.

We all started putting ideas together and put a feature list talking with Yash – 12, Rohan -7 Priya -14, Pooja -13 and my 8 year old nephew – Arjav – a bit of gaming freak. We got a lot of gamification ideas for the software from him.

And that’s how it all started.