TakeLessons: The place where learning never stops
By Marti Gacioch
At takelessons.com, learning never stops. “We really support lifelong learning,” said COO Alan Cole. “We wanted to create a place where students of every age can come and find great teachers in almost any category.”
While Take Lessons tutors children, only half of its students are younger than age 18; their oldest student is 90.
CEO Steven Cox, started TakeLessons in 2006 to help an underemployed musician friend who needed more work to remain a musician. Prior to TakeLessons, Cox was a key player in launching two successful internet startups, one of which went IPO. With TakeLessons, he initially focused only on offering music lessons. He hired a fellow musician to be his first full-time instructor and then built a roster of other music teachers who offered lessons for every imaginable instrument.
TakeLessons next expanded its class list to include dancing and acting sessions. More recently, it began offering academic classes, including math and science, history, languages, writing and art.
“We’ve just included teaching robotics, and soon we’re launching into hobbies, like painting and woodworking and sports and fitness,” Cole said.
Prospective instructors undergo a full background check before being hired. As instructors, they are also rated and reviewed, and if a student isn’t satisfied with an instructor, he or she will always receive a full money-back guarantee.
TakeLessons has hundreds of teachers available. In addition, the company offers instruction nationwide in 4,000 cities. “While in-person lessons work very well and are the most popular form of learning something new, almost every category of instruction can be taught online through Skype, so we can provide lessons to anybody in the world,” Cole said.
TakeLessons serves as a marketplace where prospective instructors in almost any field have the opportunity to offer their own specialty classes. “We have an instructor who teaches poker, and another who teaches surfing, as well as a teacher who instructs students on how to make shampoo,” Cole said. “Teachers create their own profiles for our website and set their own fee rates.”
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— TakeLessons is headquartered at 350 10th Ave., Suite 600, San Diego. Call (619) 618-7942 or visit takelessons.com
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