Frequently asked questions

Students & Parents

How do I book a Study Buddy?

Four easy steps:

  1. Head to Book. If you would like to book a one on one session, indicate your choice. Group sessions are currently in the works!
  2. Give us your information, your child's information, and select a date and time for your first session.
  3. Our coordinators will match you with a Study Buddy.
  4. Your study buddy will reach out to confirm the session and send you a link to the Zoom call.

How much do your services cost?

Our services are completely free!

Who are the study buddies?

BTB is lucky to have so many motivated, enthusiastic study buddies from around the world. Our Applications Team carefully reviews hundreds of applications to find the best Study Buddies. Our Study Buddies are high school students from California, New York, Canada, England, and more. Meet our team here!

In what regions do you teach?

We are equipped to help kids in any time zone. All booking is in Pacific Time (California).

Can parents join in on sessions?

Yes! Parents can be present in any or all sessions if they are comfortable. Beyond the Book also offers introductory calls before any formal sessions begin in order to promote meaningful connections between parents, students, and mentors.

Can I book sessions routinely?

Yes! We encourage you to book sessions routinely with the same mentor. In fact, studies have shown that students are more focused and productive when they are comfortable with their mentor, and consistent sessions also help each mentor become more aware of their student’s needs. Once you are in contact with your mentor, let them know that you would like to schedule sessions routinely and you two can decide on a time that works best for both of you.

What subjects do BTB Study Buddies offer support in?

We offer support in the broader categories of Math, Science, English, History, Language, and Projects, and Mentoring. However, our tutors are extremely flexible and willing to accommodate your needs. If you have a specific request or narrow topic you would like support with, just let us know!

Is BTB a tutoring service?

No, BTB is a group of study buddies that is here to help mentor your child in their classes. We do not create a curriculum for your child.

What training do Study Buddies have?

Our Study Buddies are all vetted and interviewed before joining the team. All Study Buddies have also completed a YMCA-lead training on child development and behavioral management. During the training session, the Study Buddies also learned to identify and act upon markers of abuse.

Prospective Study Buddies

How can I become a Study Buddy?

Start by visiting our Apply page. We'll guide you through the steps you need to take!