Updated: May 08, 2020 07:00 PM
Created: May 08, 2020 06:54 PM
(ABC 6 News) - With schools moving online, one local high school student is taking action to help during these tough times.
A week ago, Jinglin Li, a junior at Mayo High School, launched her free online service called Living Room Tutors. This service matches student tutors to other students.
Inspiration for the service stemmed from Li's personal experience. When schooling shifted online, Li said she went from being a big sister to teacher.
"If our household is struggling with this, I bet other households are struggling and I was kind of thinking, what about the families without a big sister around or a big brother around?"
Something that Li recognized early on, which also fueled her idea for LRT, was the challenge in teaching and tutoring across generational gap.
"I don't know if this is a little ironic, but my parents who are extremely educated, they have PhDs, masters, they couldn't seem to help my siblings with grade-level homework," Li said. "At first I was like this doesn't make any sense but when I thought deeper into it, it makes total sense."
That's why Living Room Tutors opts for student tutors. Right now they have 45 signed up and the service covers all different subjects. It also includes tutors who can teach in different languages.
"English learner students are some of the hardest hit populations right now," Li said. "So far, I'm proud to say that we've had people sign up who have said they can teach in French, Somali, I have Arabic, Spanish and Chinese tutors."
The service is co-sponsored by the Olmstead County Youth Commission and is completely free to use.
"Everything from the matching process and the tutoring sessions is all cost free," Li said. "I know some of the hardest hit communities during these times are kids in disadvantaged situations, so it’s really important to me that this service was accessible to everyone."
To visit their website, click here.
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