PeerKonnect alleviates stigma behind getting help, and enables ANY student in your school to get the help they need.
Students directly request tutoring sessions and provide feedback, while teachers/admin are provided with more data and insight on their students than ever before.
No more pencil/paper programs or manual spreadsheet matching. We make the lives of student tutors, tutees, and faculty much easier.
Durham, NC - July 7, 2018 - Peer (student-to-student) tutoring is not a new concept. In the US during the 19th and early 20th centuries, most American students attended a one-room schoolhouse. A single teacher was responsible for teaching reading, arithmetic, history, and geography to six to 40 students in first through eighth grades! It became common practice for teachers to enlist the help of older students to help teach younger ones. This fluid practice of matching older or more advanced students with those needing help became more difficult to implement as the industrial age progressed, cities grew, and education ... Read more
“PeerKonnect is a great way for students to find peer tutors, get the help they need in a course, and create stronger study skills. The students find the program easy to use and the administration can monitor who is asking for help, getting help, and providing help in one simple location. PeerKonnect is awesome!”
“My experience with Woodward PeerKonnect has been great! It is super easy to use, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who needs any tutoring help!”
“PeerKonnect has been a huge help. I have a rather large student tutoring program and PeerKonnect helps me keep up with my student tutors and their tutees. The platform is easy to navigate and gives me everything I need to manage my school's program.”
Ray is the Founder and CEO of PeerKonnect. He is studying Economics, as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke, and has tutored throughout high school and college. Ray was inspired to build PeerKonnect after co-founding a peer tutoring program at his high school (Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology) that reached over 20% of the school.
Hitesh is the Co-Founder and Lead Software Engineer of PeerKonnect. He is studying electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley, and has been an avid tutor in the past, inspiring him to be a part of building PeerKonnect. Hitesh has had significant experience in the past with software development, UI/UX design, and data analysis.
Ross Dempsey is a developer for PeerKonnect. He studies physics and mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, and is involved in research in astrophysics, high energy physics, and nuclear physics. In addition to his work with PeerKonnect, Ross teaches Baltimore High School students through JHU’s Splash program.
Edward Zhuang is both a QA Developer and Growth Manager for PeerKonnect. He is currently a junior at Duke University pursuing a major in computer science. He has spent a few years tutoring for companies such as Chegg and Yup and continues to follow his passion for helping others by working as a teaching assistant for a computer architecture course.
Sherri Bealkowski is an edtech professional and the author of books such as Coffee Shop Mentor: Winning in K‑12. She has been the General Manager of Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Division, an executive at two edtech startups, and has the insider view as interim CIO at a large urban school district.
We were in the 2017 Melissa & Doug Entrepreneur Program, Duke’s premier undergraduate entrepreneur program. The program consisted of weekly mentorship from Howie Rhee, Melissa and Doug Bernstein themselves, and Forbes 30 under 30 winners like Tatiana Birgisson and Jake Stauch.
We are a part of Wave 5 of 4.0 Schools’ Tiny Fellowship, which provides expert coaching and funding to education founders. The fellowship provides us a network of mentors and peers in education, and guidance on best ways to operate in schools.