Frequently Asked Questions

About Cloud-Tutors

What is Cloud-Tutors?

Cloud-Tutors is a service to schools for streaming live, online classes directly into classrooms. Classes are conducted during school hours. CTD’s instructors will teach from our own studio as per a pre-published schedule and the same is streamed live. Schools login to the Cloud-Tutors platform and project the session on a screen in the classroom. Sessions are saved on the cloud for later viewing by the school.

Cloud-Tutors programs are also available as an after-school program for students who wish to enrol directly and learn from the comforts of their homes.

What are the benefits of Cloud-Tutors?

Provides high quality education: Our content  is developed and delivered by IITians and other highly qualified professionals. Our teaching methodology incorporates practical demonstrations, simulations, higher order questions and discussion of exemplar questions in the syllabus.We also provide interactions with experts for doubt clarifications, access to model test papers and project ideas.

Addresses problem of teacher shortage: Many schools struggle to recruit qualified teachers. This results in existing teachers in schools being overloaded or in failure to complete portions effectively. Our program addresses this problem by taking over part of the teaching responsibilities.

Highly cost effective: The cost of this program is very attractive on a cost per student basis.

How does a student access live, online classes of Cloud-Tutors?

Students can access the classes on Cloud-Tutors using a handheld device like a phone or a tablet through our Mobile App. It can also be accessed through the browser using the Cloud-Tutors website (www.online.cloud-tutors.com).

How effective is virtual teaching?

Our classes are designed to make the experience similar to conventional classrooms. There are two-way interactions between teachers & students, demonstrations & experiments, tests & quizzes and opportunities to get doubts clarified. The audio and video quality ensure that all students in a class get full benefit of the teaching. Certain aspects of live, virtual teaching are, in fact, better than face-to-face teaching.

How are Cloud-Tutors' classes interactive?

Students may ask questions during the class by using the microphone or by typing the question in the chat window. We also schedule sessions with our instructors for answering questions and clarifying doubts. Questions may be sent to our instructors also through email, WhatsApp or Telegram.

How is Cloud-Tutors better than other online content available?

Our content  is specifically tailored to a school’s syllabus and aligned to a school’s timetable. Our classes are live and interactive. This makes learning more effective. The teaching methodology integrates practical applications, demonstrations, simulations along with the lectures. The cost to the school is reasonable. All these factors make Cloud-Tutors a very attractive proposition.

Who are the qualifications of Cloud-Tutors' faculty?

Cloud-Tutors’ faculty are highly qualified with Masters degree from prestigious Indian universities like IITs and foreign universities. Several of our faculty also have a PhD. They have vast teaching experience and bring to the table a potent mix of deep subject knowledge, understanding of engineering application, latest pedagogical skills and a passion to make a difference in the lives of students.

What is the medium of instruction?

Medium of instruction is English and Kannada currently. We have plans in future to offer coaching programs to schools in other vernacular languages as well.

To which curriculum do your programs adhere to?

Cloud-Tutors programs are available for grades from VI to XII for CBSE / NCERT board, Andra Pradesh board, Karnataka board and Tamil Nadu board. We are currently working on offering programs for other state boards. A lot of state boards are already aligned to NCERT with very minor changes and hence our NCERT programs may meet more than 95% of the requirements of most state boards.

How do I get help for technical issues and problems on Cloud-tutors?

You can write to us at info@ctdedu.com to get any technical issues resolved.

Schools

Which products of Cloud-Tutors are available for a school?

All the products related to student coaching are available to schools. These are Core-Connect, Future-Connect and Success-Connect. More details of these products can be availed from the product information page.

In addition to the student coaching programs, a school can also enroll for our teacher training programs. Please contact us to find out more about our teacher training programs.

To which curriculum do your programs adhere to?

Cloud-Tutors programs are available for grades from VI to XII for CBSE / NCERT board, Andra Pradesh board, Karnataka board and Tamil Nadu board. We are currently working on offering programs for other state boards. A lot of state boards are already aligned to NCERT with very minor changes and hence our NCERT programs may meet more than 95% of the requirements of most state boards.

How does a school access live, online classes of Cloud-Tutors?

Accessing the classes on Cloud-Tutors is simple. It requires a standard internet connection of about 4-8 MBPS. The classroom infrastructure required is the same as a typical smart class with a computer, overhead projector, a large screen, speakers and a mike. UPS backup is desirable. No other software or equipment is necessary. Existing smart class infrastructure can be leveraged by a school.

Who will provide the infrastructure in the school? Can you provide the infrastructure or rent it out to the school?

The infrastructure needed in a school for receiving the Cloud-Tutors programs are to be provided for by the school. CTD provides a list of equipment needed like computer, over-head projector, screen, mike, 8-mbps internet connection and a UPS. These are usually already available in the school. If a school has smart boards, those can be used as well to receive Cloud-Tutors programs. No special software is needed either.

CTD cannot help in procuring the equipment nor does it rent it out to schools. CTD can advise schools on the specification of the equipment needed.

Will you help the school with the procurement and installation of the audio-visual equipment??

CTD does not procure the audio-visual equipment on behalf of the school. It does however, provide specifications for each equipment and a list of reliable and suitable brands/models that the school can consider for procurement.

CTD does not help in installation of the equipment. The installation is simple and can be done by any locally available skilled electrician. Telephonic support can be provided to the electrician in case technical clarifications are needed.

When are Cloud-Tutors sessions conducted in a school?

Cloud-Tutors sessions are run as per a pre-determined schedule usually during school hours between 8 am and 4 pm. There are some programs that are scheduled immediately after school hours to allow schools to provide these programs to their students without disrupting their own school time-table.

The schedule is published well in advance for the entire term so that schools can align their own syllabus to incorporate Cloud-Tutors sessions into their timetable.

What happens if a school's timetable does not match Cloud-Tutors' timetable?

Our timetable has been created keeping a typical school as reference. If a school’s timetable does not match ours, the school can benefit from the recorded sessions. Interactions with our experts are offered on a regular basis for an opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

We create custom-schedules for large chain schools. Contact us to know more.

Will the faculty of Cloud-Tutors visit enrolled schools or is this completely virtual? Is there a Project Coordinator available who can be contacted?

Cloud-Tutors is a virtual student coaching program. Faculty of Cloud-Tutors do not visit schools. The school can get in touch with the faculty over chat, phone, email, Whatsapp or Telegram. Cloud-Tutors does have local coordinators at select locations who can also be contacted for non-academic queries/issues.

What support does Cloud-Tutors provide teachers in enrolled schools?

Teachers of schools can send questions to our instructors via email or phone. We also offer support to teachers with ideas for experiments and projects. Teachers will be provided with worksheets and question banks that they can use in their classroom.

Who will conduct tests and exams in enrolled schools?

The school’s teachers will conduct the usual tests and exams. Instructors of Cloud-Tutors will be to explain concepts. The school’s regular teachers will be responsible for answering questions at the end of the chapter and for conducting tests & exams. They can use the worksheets and question banks provided by Cloud-Tutors for testing application knowledge and higher-order thinking skills.

How much do your courses cost?

Our courses are very nominally priced. Our pricing is significantly lesser than what a student will pay for tuition. If you are a student, please register for free and view the pricing of our courses. When you register for free, you can also view our free content, attend a few free trial live sessions.

If you are a school, please contact us to get a no-obligation quotation.

Students

What are programs that are offered for students on Cloud-Tutors?

There are three courses or programs that are offered on Cloud-Tutors.

Core-Connect: This program is available for grades VI to X. The program focuses on imparting a solid understanding of the subjects as per the prescribed syllabus.

Future-Connect: This program is available for grades VIII to X. In addition to  imparting a good understanding of the prescribed syllabus,  this program focuses on preparing students for building a strong foundation for engineering and medical entrance exams from high school itself so that students are well-prepared to take on the challenge of cracking engineering and medical entrance exams when in grades XI and XII.

Success-Connect: This program is for grades XI and XII and focuses on preparing students for achieving success in clearing engineering and medical entrance exams like CET,  JEE-Mains, JEE Advanced, BITSAT etc.

When are Cloud-Tutors sessions conducted for students?

Sessions for students are conducted in the evening between 5 pm and 8 pm.

How much do your courses cost?

Our courses are very nominally priced. Our pricing is significantly lesser than what a student will pay for tuition. If you are a student, please register for free and view the pricing of our courses. When you register for free, you can also view our free content, attend a few free trial live sessions.

What if I am not able to attend a live class?

If for any reason, you are not able to attend a live-class, the recording of the same will be available on the platform the next day. You can view that video to catch-up on the missed class.

How do I seek clarifications to doubts during live-classes? Can I do that later as well?

We encourage our students to seek clarifications to doubts. Our live-classes are interactive that allow two way communication between students and faculty. You can use the “Raise Hand” feature on the platform, use the chat or simply ask the faculty your doubt.

You can use the Forum option to post queries on the platform while you are revising. You can also ask questions on the WhatsApp group that is created for the batch.

How do I access Cloud-Tutors from home?

Cloud-Tutors is a browser based platform that can be accessed from any browser like Google Chrome, FireFox, Microsoft Edge etc. You can also access it from your mobile device by downloading the Cloud-Tutors app from the Google Play store.

On which platforms is your app available?

Our app is currently available for android. It is in the process of getting rolled out for iOS. You can also access Cloud-Tutors through a browser.

Can I get a refund after I have enrolled for a course?

We are confident that you will find our courses best-in-class. You can register for free and use our one week free trial period to view the content and attend free live classes. Once the free trial period is over, you need to pay. Payment can be done in lump-sum or in installments. Refunds are processed as per the product refund policy. You can view it in the app or on the footer of this website.

Teachers

What kind of training programs does Cloud-Tutors have for teachers?

Cloud-Tutors offers teacher training programs to teachers of Science, Maths and English.  These programs are offered to both, pre-service as well as in-service teachers. The training programs focus on training teachers on primary, secondary and high-school level Science and Mathematics using CTD’s unique content and methodology. The training programs are structured as easy-to-complete multi-level modules for teachers to gain command over these subjects.

How can a teacher enrol for Cloud-Tutors' teacher training program?

There are two channels through which a teacher can enrol for CTD’s training programs.

In-service teachers can enrol for CTD’s Primary, Intermediate and Expert levels of training programs directly. CTD also offers its training program to schools. A teacher can nominate herself/himself to such a training program in case the school she/he is working in has asked CTD to conduct training programs to its teachers.

Pre-service teachers too can enrol for CTD’s training programs directly or through their B.Ed./D.Ed. college. CTD ties up with B.Ed./D.Ed. colleges to offer its programs to pre-service teachers. If such a program is running in the B.Ed./D.Ed. colleges where the pre-service teacher is studying, she/he can enrol for CTD’s training program.

As a teacher, I can't spare full days for your teacher training program. Can I still enrol?

Our training programs are a combination of classroom and online instructor-led and self-paced modules that allow a teacher to learn at her/his own pace without compromising on quality. A teacher needs to spare a few hours per week to complete the training.