High-tech tutoring options for the new school year

If you're thinking about getting some tutoring help for you or your kids this new school year, you have a lot of different options, thanks to new technology.

In the U.S., tutoring is a $7 billion business. And now, with all the possibilities of technology and the internet, there are essentially no limitations. Students can get help that's customized to their needs, 24/7.

Revolution Prep is one example of this. The company makes $15 million a year in online tutoring revenue, and is growing 100 percent a year. To help students learn, the site uses a program similar to Skype, that uses webcams and shared whiteboards.

But that's just one option. Tutor.com connects students to 3,100 tutors in over 40 different subjects, and InstaEdu has thousands of tutors, available for as low as 40 cents per minute. Or if you don't want to have your tutoring done over the computer, WyzAnt.com offers an online database of tutors available both in-person and online.

Some of the biggest tech companies are getting in on the tutoring space as well. Last October, Amazon bought math instruction company TenMarks, which provides personalized online math practice and programs for schools and districts. Google and Apple are both trying to sell their tablets to schools, hoping to make their systems the default for teachers. In May, Google announced "Classroom," integrating Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail for teachers to create "paperless classrooms." Apple recently updated iTunes U and promotes the app store's 75,000-plus education apps.

These high-tech tutoring options are really getting noticed by investors. Just in the first half of this year, investors poured over $420 million into 53 education startups. This sets education companies on track for their biggest investment year ever.

One of the big benefits with these options is the personal connection they can offer students.

"1 to 2 hours a week of private tutoring can make a dramatic difference between a student being a 3.0 student and a 4.0 student." Revolution Prep Co-CEO Jake Neuberg told CNBC. "It's a great ROI."

There are so many options now if your kids need help in school. So whether you want to go the online, high-tech route, or the traditional route, talk to your child's teacher to figure out the best option for you.

CNBC's Julia Boorstin contributed to this report.


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