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Tutorfair launches Online Study Groups to help students catch up on lost learning during lockdown


Tutorfair’s Online Study Groups Project has been selected by Innovate UK as one of the top business-led ideas to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to be working with Innovate UK to launch Online Study Groups over the next few months and to help make sure that lost learning due to school closures is recovered.

Tutorfair’s Online Study Groups is a project designed to help tutors cater to the changing needs of students during the pandemic. In a world where most pupils are socially distanced at home and do not have exams as a focus for their studies, Online Study Groups will allow them to learn in small groups with high-quality private tutors delivering lessons tailored to them. Research has shown that small group tutoring is as effective as one-to-one learning. Working with friends and other students will also enable interaction and social engagement during the lockdown whilst being more affordable and accessible throughout the country than one-to-one tuition.

“We’ve launched Online Study Groups to help students recover lost learning during lockdown. With the help of Innovate UK we hope small group lessons will enable more students to access affordable online tuition and learn with their friends while schools are closed,” says Tutorfair CEO Andrew Ground.

Work on the project will begin on June 1st and it will be fully built into the website by Autumn – however, we have already launched a pilot version of the project and there are groups to join now. Online Study Groups will be running alongside our existing one-to-one and online tutoring offerings, as well as free weekly Maths GCSE lessons delivered by ‘super tutor’ Mark Maclaine.

Online Study Groups will be offered for core subjects up to A-level – Maths, English and Sciences. Over the summer we hope to see more and more students joining groups including other subjects and fun activities-based sessions for students across primary and secondary levels. With Online Study Groups students can learn with friends and make sure they have covered the whole syllabus for this year or get ahead for next year.

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The Berchtold Group’s Brett Berchtold Wins Sitecore Most Valuable Professional Award


Elite distinction awarded for commitment and dedication to the Sitecore community.

ST. LOUIS, MO — January 31, 2020 — The Berchtold Group today announced that Brett Berchtold, President, has been named a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Strategy category by Sitecore®, the global leader in digital experience management software. Brett Berchtold was one of only 46 Strategy MVPs worldwide to be named a Sitecore MVP this year.

Recognizing professionals within the Sitecore community who actively apply their talent and expertise to help others best utilize Sitecore products to deliver premier customer experiences, the MVP program is now in its 14th year. Of more than 13,000 certified developers and over 24,000 active community participants, the 316 MVPs are truly an elite group. This year’s MVPs were selected for the quality, quantity and impact of the contributions they made in 2019, including the sharing of product expertise and mastery of the Sitecore platform to support both partners and customers.

“I am truly honored to have been recognized by Sitecore for my contributions. Sitecore is so uniquely positioned in the market to meet the needs of organizations seeking to accelerate growth and deepen customer relationships. This award reinforces our dedication to delivering those solutions on the Sitecore platform and our passion for expanding the Sitecore Community,” said Brett Berchtold, President at The Berchtold Group, and Strategy MVP.

The Berchtold Group is a Sitecore Affiliate and specialized in delivering growth-solutions enabling Experience Platform™, Experience Commerce™, and Content Hub.

“One of our greatest assets is the highly collaborative Sitecore community, where members share technical knowledge and insights across numerous channels and at events to help each other build greater digital experiences for their organizations and customers,” said Pieter Brinkman, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at Sitecore. “Sitecore MVPs stand out as leaders within the community for their passion and willingness to invest their own time with contributions ranging from educational blogs, videos, podcasts and speaking engagements to community engagement and support on social media and forums. They are an invaluable resource and important part of the Sitecore user experience, for which we are truly grateful.”

“Sitecore MVPs are always at the top of the list to get access to the latest developments and offerings from Sitecore, and we will rely on them heavily when we introduce the new Software as a Service offering later this year. I am looking forward to working on this together with this incredible group.” added Brinkman.

Sitecore’s SaaS offering will make it much easier and faster to build digital experiences while maintaining the flexibility for Sitecore partners and customers to create differentiated experiences. Once a user is on Sitecore’s SaaS platform, they will always have the most current version of the product with the ease of automatic upgrades.

More information can be found about the MVP Program on the Sitecore MVP site: http://mvp.sitecore.com.

About The Berchtold Group
The Berchtold Group enables growth-focused B2B and B2C companies to leverage the marketing optimization capabilities of the Sitecore digital experience platform.

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