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YourTutor announces UK expansion

Online private tutoring company YourTutor has expanded to the UK, beginning with a trial at the University of East London (UEL).

The company has doubled in size over the past two years and seeks to continue profitable expansion in the global tertiary education market.

Education businessman Murray St Leger is managing director of YourTutor in the UK.

YourTutor is a website that allows students to be tutored online. This includes allowing students to submit assignment drafts to tutors, who then offer feedback on the grammar, organisation, structure and referencing of the academic piece within 24 hours.

YourTutor said about 1 million Australian university students have used its services since it began in 2003.

It’s this 24/7 writing feedback service that’s being trialed at UEL. It will initially be available for first-year students. If the trial is successful, it will be made available to the other students of UEL.

“Around a third of UEL students have children or other dependents, and most hold down a job while studying for their degree, which means accessing the daytime service [on-campus tutoring] is not always possible,” said professor Nora Ann Colton, UEL deputy vice-chancellor.

“We believe this innovative online service will prove highly popular with our students. It is one of a number of steps we are taking to ensure they have the best possible learning support so that they can fulfill their potential and flourish academically.”

YourTutor chief executive Michael Larsen said YourTutor’s growth had come from university students. The company will seek to consolidate its on hold on that market, both here and in the UK.

“Looking at both Australia and the UK, there is a great desire from universities to increase student engagement [and] improve the student experience, particularly around these foundational skills of academic literacy,” Larsen said.

“We’re very keen to have an impact and provide students with additional support and, specifically, after-hours support.”

Aside from Australia and now the UK, YourTutor operates in New Zealand and in the South Pacific. Students at Indonesian, Singaporean and Chinese campuses of Australian universities also use YourTutor.

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