Tech Tutors - Spring 2021


Cara Tarmey

Cara Tarmey

MIT students on a mission to tackle the education crisis created by Covid-19

The US school system is struggling to support all of its students during the Covid-19 pandemic, and many are falling behind. The challenges affect low-income communities most strongly. This is not a problem MIT can solve alone, but we can make a difference. 

We have recruited a group of 18 MIT undergraduate students as Tech Tutors, who will work with small groups ("learning pods") of students who need extra support during Covid-19. Tech Tutors will work one-on-one with students,  offering mentorship with a focus on creative STEAM activities and general support for digital learning. 

Tech Tutors is supported by the Office of Experiential Learning and the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Media Lab Digital Learning + Collaboration Studio together with the Media Arts & Sciences Program. 

This program has been registered through MIT’s Protection of Minors program.

Our Approach

Tech Tutors recognizes that a lot of students are struggling to engage and get excited about learning at a distance. We want to encourage students by taking an interest in their education and expanding on their curiosities. 

By enrolling your child in Tech Tutors, they can look forward to: 

  • Personalized, independent, and most-importantly fun enrichment activities and projects
  • Individualized support and regular connections with a mentor

Tech Tutor activities and projects will be both motivated by your child’s interests and will be directly supported by their mentor. Tech Tutors aims to provide parents and caregivers with visibility into all aspects of children's interactions with mentors. 

Tech Tutors is a 2 hour per week time commitment. A parent or guardian must supervise all mentoring sessions. 

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