Knack launched in 2016 at the University of Florida by four founders who came together to build peer-to-peer communities that would be more enjoyable, relevant, and effective than traditional learning environments. Today, Knack is the fastest growing peer tutoring platform for college students - we focus on student retention, skills development, and workforce readiness. It’s our belief that peer tutoring interactions serve as the most effective means of personal and professional development, and thereby equip students with the necessary subject-matter knowledge and soft skills to be successful in college and the workplace.
By making tutoring more accessible and socially acceptable, we are building communities of learning on college campuses across the country and empowering students to help one another.
Our mission is to help students discover and deliver their knack by giving them the best platform to build, sharpen, and showcase their skills to peers and future employers. It’s our goal to ensure that every motivated student, regardless of social or economic background, can learn the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
Thousands of tutoring sessions have taken place through Knack’s secure platform. Students who are seeking assistance in their courses can find and meet with verified Course Experts for in-person help. All Course Experts are vetted by Knack and are verified to have aced the exact courses they’re tutoring. Sessions take place both one-on-one and in group settings, and facilitation of the interaction is handled all through our platform. From searching, matching, messaging, scheduling, tracking, payment, rating/reviewing – we handle the legwork so that our students and tutors can focus on the headwork.
Research has proven peer tutoring is significantly more effective for college students than professional tutoring, in both one-on-one and group settings. Knack takes it a step further by ensuring the highest level of relevancy when learning; our Course Experts are course-specific, having previously aced the exact course(s) they’re tutoring. Course Experts are also less than ½ the cost of traditional private tutors with an average cost of only $20 per hour. They’re available at most hours of the day and over 95% of sessions take place on-campus, making it convenient for students to meet.
Knack provides the tools and exposure for high-achieving students to build, launch, and grow their campus tutoring business. Our goal is to help students to discover and deliver their “knack” for particular courses or subjects. Tutoring is by far the best job on campus and is rewarding in a multitude of ways; while earning money, helping peers in need, and having full autonomy over their business, Knack Course Experts are also better positioned for post-graduate employment/education opportunities.
Below are our standards and procedures, which are designed to help keep our community safe and help our users hone their skill sets and offer tutoring services with more confidence and transparency.
All Course Experts have agreed to their institution’s honor code and uphold the highest standards of tutoring. No shortcuts here - our users vow to use the platform for legitimate learning. You know what they say… “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” We are strong believers of this.
We screen all our Course Experts to ensure they’re current students (or recent graduates) at the university they are tutoring at. We then ensure they’ve aced the exact course(s) they wish to tutor. Again, this guarantees the highest level of relevance and proficiency. Currently, Course Experts have an average rating of 98%.
Students and Course Experts have confirmed reviews that provide timely feedback on each session and aid the decision-making for future users. As an open marketplace, locations of interactions are mutually agreed upon between both parties, however, we do suggest interactions take place on-campus and in public locations. Naturally, almost all sessions take place at campus libraries (common ground for students).
We work for you every step of the way. In the unusual event that a problem occurs, we are available to assist. If a student or Course Expert ever has an issue, our community team is on-call 24/7 to help via in-app and web chat, phone, and text.
We hope to enable a physical community of students through our technology. Along this journey we strive to listen closely to the feedback of our users. If we can do better, please let us know. Together, let’s empower one another to be lifelong learners from those around us.
Never Stop Learning,
The Knack Pack