A student lance review
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This is my review of StudentLance.com, an online market place where students and tutors meet. The concept is very similar to online market places where services are sold. Don’t feel like reading my entire review, here’s the basic gist: It’s like every other online homework solving site when it works. It’s quite buggy and from testing out the site went down quite a bit but when it works its a decent site but nothing that makes it really stand out. Still recommend schoolsolver.com over it but not by much.
For those who don’t know how these sites work basically, a student will post a question or a problem that he wants to get solved. Any tutor who can solve this inquiry will post a solution. This is not the actual solution to the problem but a quotation of how much the tutorial services cost. A student can post requests in many fields of expertise such as Humanities, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and much more.
The website interface is very straightforward. The requests from students are found in one page and solutions are found in another. The problem is that the Request page is not working. You can click or tap on it a thousand times until your fingers are sore and it will not budge.
The Solutions page works and here you will find poorly written titles of solution offered by who are supposedly tutors! If you click on the detail of the solution, you would be horrified to find out that it is empty! It does not even specify if the $15 rate is per hour or for the entire project.
The website has no FAQs and generally, it feels empty. It is like as if an amateur blogger put this site up in a poor attempt to capitalize on the popularity of online service market places.
The fees are not that bad. Although it is free register and post, Student Lance charges 15% from the tutor for every successful sale. Though the rate is acceptable, what you do not realize is that they will charge you a total of 25% for every purchase afterward. And their reasoning? They said they will charge you 25% because they will keep your solution posted on the site, therefore exposing you to more students who need your tutorial services!
I firmly believe that students should not bear the weights of transaction fees which kinda disappoints me that Student Lance charges $0.70 from the student if he deposits less than $10 in his account. This means that the buyer now has a lower purchasing power than the actual money he deposited. One odd thing though is that Student Lance charges $3 for every withdrawal made! So the seller gets 25% and then he has to pay an extra $3 for withdrawal. For a $10 transaction, the seller only takes home $4.5!
That’s assuming that you dont take an early withdrawal, but if you do that, you will be charged an extra 3%!
Asking a Question
The interface for asking a question was all right, seemed to work but the funny part that I found was pretty much all the tutors wanted to be paid outside of the site. Though with this site I really had no problem with that as there doesn’t seem to be any sort of refund policy so whether you pay on the site or off there is no protection. For my review of student lance I thought it best though to keep it on the site.
Quality of Answer
I posted the same sort of question that I post on all the other sites, an english essay (1.5 pages double spaced) and a complex math homework assignment. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the english essay though the math homework did have some errors. Overall I can’t say the quality was that bad and that was a pleasant suprise.
As a user who needs some questions answered this site was a diamond in the rough. While I cant say it was the best site to pay someone to do your homework (I still reserve that for School Solver in terms of overall quality) I’d say that this site would probably be my second choice. I’ll still have to see how it holds up when I review it being a tutor.