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Rating: 5 stars  

The Detroit Education Society is a great organization. I first joined DES about two years ago, and since then I have spent countless hours tutoring underprivileged, Metro-Detroit elementary school students in Math and Science. Besides those subjects, DES teaches Language Arts, in addition to SAT and ACT prep.

The Detroit Education Society is unique in that we teach kids over Google Hangouts, which is similar to software like Skype. This allows tutors to have more flexibility in schedule and also allows them to teach students that they normally wouldn’t be able to reach. However, we do have tutors who physically go to schools as well.

While teaching a subject such as Math or Language Arts over a video chatting program may sound difficult, with the right tutors and the right strategy, the results are comparable to physically being there with a student. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard a student say “Oh! It all makes sense now!”, or “This way is so much easier, thanks!”.

Overall the Detroit Education Society is a great organization because we are actively committed to helping underprivileged kids in new and innovative ways and in a variety of subjects. If normal school isn’t enough for students, the DES can provide supplemental education, enabling kids and having a positive, tangible impact on the Detroit area, and the world.

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