Knack was founded in 2015 at the University of Florida by four founders who came together to build peer-to-peer learning communities that would be more enjoyable, relevant, and effective than traditional learning environments. Today, Knack serves over 25 college campuses – at these campuses, students can list and book in-person, course-specific tutoring services.
Our mission is to help students discover and deliver their knack, giving them the best platform to teach others and host sessions through personalized learning experiences. As a mission-driven organization, we strive to make access to peer-to-peer learning affordable for all students.
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 the mobile app. From finding, messaging, scheduling, payment, rating/reviewing – we handle the legwork so that our students and tutors can focus on the headwork. Online sessions can also be supported if both parties choose to interact remotely (using a companion app like Skype or Google Hangouts alongside our mobile application).
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.
Our standards and procedures are designed to help keep our community safe and help our users increase their academic proficiency as well as offer tutoring services with more confidence and transparency. Among them:
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’re 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.