We ask for your support in the ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. It is our greatest priority to be both responsible global citizens, and good tutors to boot.
We have made the difficult decision to suspend our in-person services and conduct all sessions online starting Tuesday, March 17th. Strive will remain fully operational and available to support our families in every academic capacity.
Starting on Tuesday the 17th, all sessions will be offered through our highly interactive online tutoring platform, allowing our students to attend their sessions as per usual, guided by their same, wonderful tutors.
Steps we are taking
While the situation is not ideal, we want to reassure you that this two-week period does not mark a dip in the quality of our tutoring. We’re motivated by a commitment to teaching effectively, whether in person or through a computer screen.
Online Experience - While many schools and other institutions are (understandably) struggling to transition to virtual classes right now, we’re lucky enough to have a staff that has been tutoring online for years
Tech Knowledge - As such, this change to a more isolated academic structure isn’t synonymous with a lower-quality tutoring experience - in short, we know what the tech is, and we know how to use it well. We understand that you may have questions or concerns, and our line is open to any and all of them - this is a challenging situation, and one that requires open communication to navigate.
Constant Updates - In order to make sure you feel fully equipped to begin tutoring online, we’ll be offering a slew of different resources that will be at your disposal in the coming days and weeks - check back on this site frequently!
Free Q&A - In addition to our upcoming instructional video familiarizing students with our online platform and the resources linked on the side, we’ll be hosting a series of free 30-minute livestream Q&As with our founder, Josefine, so you can have the opportunity to ask her any questions you may have about this process or our method.
Blog Posts - We’ll also be publishing regular blog posts that will further flesh out topics like How to Learn Online and The Perks of Online Tutoring.
Accessibility - Our goal is to be accessible, informative, and as easy to work with as ever. Please feel free to reach out by phone call, text, or email with any questions or concerns you may have.
We'd like to say a little bit about why we’re moving to online. We are tutors, after all, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t say a little about the science. When it comes to limiting contact or practicing “social distancing,” there are a few reasons why these preventative measures cannot only keep you safe, but save the lives of countless others.
Direct Transmission - If you have the virus, you might transmit it to someone else, or vice-versa. For our friends, coworkers, and family members who have heart conditions, asthma, or any cardio/respiratory illness, prevention can be the difference between life and death.
Overcrowding Risk - Large hospitals in the United States can see thousands of patients every day. When it comes to a hospital’s capacity, there are extensive measures in place to make sure that if/when too many people come in for treatment, they can distribute care effectively to anyone who may need it. This is called a “surge plan” (Texas A&M University Health), by which a hospital can move doctors, patients, supplies, and more to different, local hospitals with enough room to accommodate them. Although these measures do exist, there is little that can be done if every hospital in a specific region is at capacity. This type of overcrowding can lead to life-or-death choices being made, such as choosing to care for someone having an allergic reaction over someone with a heart condition, etcetera, etcetera. This is a painful, horrifying position to be in, and one that we are seeing develop in other parts of the world at this moment.
Flatten the Curve - So, what can we do to keep from steering our healthcare system into overcrowding? The mantra that virologists and statisticians have adopted is “flatten the curve.” Essentially, “flatten the curve” describes the way that we can deal with this virus without overloading our hospitals, and come out the other side with the fewest deaths possible. If you take a look at this graph, you can see both of the possibilities in terms of our national response to the COVID-19 epidemic. We’re aiming for the blue arc - staying below the dotted line of the hospitals’ capacity, while extending the length of the epidemic to create the timeline of a low-impact seasonal illness, like the flu.
Okay, whew. Thanks for reading all of that! It might not be the best 4-minute read, but taking the time to analyze the facts can prepare you to deal with this illness, and by extension, save lives. As the situation develops, we recommend that you continue to stay updated through credible sources, like the CDC, the World Health Organization, and prominent publications like the New York Times or Washington Post. We’ll be doing the same, as well as working diligently to make sure that our offerings to you as a business are not affected. Check out the links in the side menu to read up on a few of the topics we found the most helpful and relevant.
With good wishes, and a plea to continue washing your hands,
Your friends at Strive to Learn