Marine Corps Reservist, Lieutenant Colonel Brad Lanto has been part of the military for 20 years. While he works in the Pentagon as the Marine Corps Liaison for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) in Reserve Affairs, his wife and two children are back in North Carolina. We caught up with the Lt. Col. and his wife, MaryBeth, who is a middle school counselor, to see how Tutor.com has been making a difference for their seventh grade son, Zac. We also learned how the challenges Reservists face may be different than other military members. While Reservists don’t move nearly as much, they too face long deployments, which put many miles between them and their families back at home.
Tutor.com: Lt. Col. Lanto, how long have you been away from your family?
Lt. Col. Lanto: I left for the Pentagon last October and I expect to be here for one year. While I’m gone, my wife is the primary caregiver and has to help with school work for our two children on her own.
MaryBeth: Our son is a great student, but this year he’s in an advanced, honors math class and the pace is very fast. I’m never sure how to help him or if I’m offering the right techniques. We’re glad to have access to Tutor.com. Our son connects to tutors and also uses the resources Tutor.com offers, including the videos, worksheets and recommended websites.
Tutor.com: That’s great. Sometimes we forget to talk about all the resources in the SkillsCenter Resource Library. When does he use those?
MaryBeth: He likes to use the mobile app and check out the resources from his iPhone when we’re driving and then at home he uses his laptop to connect to one of the tutors for help.
Tutor.com: We love to hear that kids are doing school work even in the car! With the app he could connect to a tutor from his phone too. Are there other features your son likes about getting help online?
MaryBeth: Yes, he likes to review the videos of his own sessions that he has had with a tutor when he’s studying. And it helps him with the math skills he needs. He’s a very busy student with a full course load of challenging courses and he plays in two soccer leagues. So having help available 24/7 is really beneficial.
Tutor.com: Lt. Col Lanto, how do you think Reservists will use Tutor.com?
Lt. Col. Lanto: Many Reservists are going to school on the GI Bill and need help with their own work, such as having a paper proofread. Reservists who aren’t deployed may be working, going to school, and doing their drills for the military. Having tutors available around their schedule helps them get everything done. Many Reservists also have families and multiple children who benefit from online tutoring.
MaryBeth: Tutor.com offers so much and really is a relief for parents. There are so many different ways for children to learn – videos, worksheets and live tutoring. It’s a great resource.
To learn more about Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families and how it supports families of Reservists and National Guard service members, please go to www.tutor.com/military.