How Paper compares to typical academic support options
Paper helps school systems expand academic support programs to meet every student's needs, making it possible to provide 24/7, unlimited, and multilingual tutoring. Paper goes far beyond what schools, private tutors, and guardians alone can provide—putting achievement within every student's reach.
|PaperUnlimited 24/7 personalized learning help from expert educators
Fulfilled by the district’s teachers, local colleges, or a contracted service.
Delivered by guardians, family members, or privately arranged tutors.
|Live help on demand
Learners don't know in advance when they're going to get stuck on a problem or struggle with a concept. They should be able to get help at a moment's notice so they don't waste time or get frustrated and discouraged.
|Detailed writing feedback
Providing writing help and feedback is painstaking work. Most teachers don't have the bandwidth to review an assignment more than once. But learners need timely, frequent feedback spanning grammar, structure, and style elements to develop strong writing skills.
Ten p.m. might be the only time a learner can study for their test or do their homework. But when they get stuck, they're all alone. Students need help—and deserve it—any time of the day (or night) when they're willing to put in the work.
|Availability no matter where students are
Students need help wherever they do their homework: whether that's on break at a job, on a long bus ride, while babysitting siblings, when they're studying at a classmate’s home, or anywhere else.
|Unlimited help from experts across every subject
In the span of two hours, a learner could need extra help in U.S. history, French, and physics. Students and guardians shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get all the support they need.
|Sessions that last as long or short as learners need
Learners sometimes need quick help to get unstuck on their work, and they shouldn’t have to wait minutes or hours for their turn or appointment. Other times, learners need a longer session to grasp bigger concepts. No matter the scenario, they should be afforded all the time they need.
|Suits any learner's packed schedule
Whether their after-school routine includes a demanding sports team or work schedule, many students have commitments that make it difficult—or impossible—to attend scheduled help sessions. Flexible tutoring availability means students with additional commitments aren't left out when they need help.
|Equality across socioeconomic situations
Many students need to work or care for siblings immediately after school, lack money to hire tutors, have guardians who aren't able to help with schoolwork, or rely on the school bus as their only way to get home. Regardless, all students should have equal opportunity to access academic support.
|Insights for teachers into students' progress and needs
To understand where students have learning gaps and tailor classroom goals, teachers need insights into the areas where learners are asking for help, how they're progressing, and how often they seek assistance.
|Insights for administrators surrounding usage and engagement
To effectively plan professional development and best allocate school resources, administrators need to understand how often students seek extra help across every subject area.
|Scalable to match student demand for support
Planning for capacity is a major challenge when providing extra help in a cost-effective manner. Part-time staff can be difficult to schedule, and demand is unpredictable. Sometimes, you pay for tutoring time that goes unused. Other times, dozens of students show up, and you’re short-staffed. Academic support systems should be cost-effective and properly staffed—always.
|1:1 personalized support—every time
Most students need extra help because they weren't able to grasp a concept in a large classroom setting. The most effective help supplements the classroom with a different approach: personalized support tailored specifically to each learner's challenge areas.
|No 'extra help' stigma
Some learners are reluctant to use school-provided extra help because they fear being judged negatively by their peers. Students should be afforded privacy when addressing their learning challenges.
|No out-of-pocket cost for students and guardians
For many students and families, cost is a major barrier to getting the extra academic help they need. Money shouldn’t stand in the way of giving every learner equal opportunity to succeed academically.
|Predictable fixed pricing for school districts
Budgeting accurately is critical—and often very challenging for school administrators. Extra help can have large variable costs that disrupt even the most tightly controlled budget and place a hard cap on how often students can access critical support. Fixed pricing is key to avoiding this issue.