Co-Founder: Alex Sztuden
Welcome to my 3rd party review of Brainfuse!
I am so glad that you made it to my reviews because that means you are willing to do some research before jumping in head first.
This is really important no matter what online opportunity you are going to be investing your time into.
Whether it be an MLM or an online tutoring company such as Brainfuse.
I will be covering a lot of information in this review and it is equally important, so I recommend that you stick around until the very end.
Here are the major aspects of Brainfuse I will be covering:
• Background info on the company and leadership
• One on One Tutoring
• The Online Writing Lab
• Help on Assignments
• Skills Building
• What is the Core Success Program
• What subjects are offered
• Online Peer Tutoring
• Online Office Hours
• Whois.com & BBB Database information
• The Final Verdict
Before we get started, there are a few things I would like to clarify.
My reviews are 3rd party so I have no affiliation with the companies I review.
This means you can eliminate any conflict of interest and take the information for what it is.
Also, I call each company like I see them.
If they are a scam or they have a horrible track record, then I say so.
If the company has been a standout company then I tell you why.
Either way, the companies I review get a fair chance.
Without further ado…Brainfuse!
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Background Info & Leadership
Brainfuse was founded in October of 1999 and it was founded by a man named Alex Sztuden.
Sztuden has quite the resume and you can check it out here on his Linkedin Profile.
One of the most important aspects of a company is the leadership.
Without good leadership, the company is going to fail.
Sztuden was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie for 3 years and attended Columbian Law School (J.D.).
He also became an Editorial member of the Columbian Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
This is all great news and this is why it comes to no surprise that Brainfuse has been around for 17 years.
As you can see from the image above, Brainfuse has eLibrary services, increases academic performance at any level of education, and helps job-seekers.
This is another reason that it claims to be the “Nation’s best online education service.”
I am not sure if those claims can be quantified but the company is definitely helping a lot of people.
There are a lot of services they provide so let’s take a look at them.
It is important to point out that you can get any of their services 24/7.
This includes the services of online tutoring, the online writing lab and the learning management software.
This is probably the most popular service provided by any online tutoring service.
If students need help with an assignment or need help mastering an academic skill, Brainfuse tutors can help if requested.
ONLINE WRITING LAB
This is designed to help students become better writers.
Their 24-hour online writing lab allows students to submit writing assignments to check on the following Rubic Categories:
1. Response to task
3. Word usage
4. Grammar & mechanics
You can also get live feedback if you choose so, which is requesting someone to login with a tutor.
The will provide you with one on one assistance.
You can also request for professors to look at the writing assignment and grade it based on its current merits.
Then you can get feedback from the professor to make changes accordingly.
CORE SUCCESS PROGRAM
This program is designed to help people get ready for college by targeting specific academic areas.
This is important because it can help a student become better in a core area and pinpoint the exact needs of the student.
• Gen. Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Physics, Biology
• Human Anatomy and Physiology
• Intro. To Finance
As you can see, there are many subjects and you can get the service 24/7, so there is always someone available to help you out.
About the Brainfuse Tutors
According to the Brainfuse website, all certified tutors must reside in the United States, have a Master’s degree or above, have experience in tutoring or teaching and submit to a background check.
There is an intense selection and training process that all applicants must go through in order to become employed at Brainfuse.
Here is the application process in a nutshell.
Resume Review: Brainfuse only accepts resumes from postgraduates that are located within the continental United States.
In fact, the hiring team gives preference to people with teaching or tutoring experience.
This can only mean good things for you, if you are in need of their services.
Screening Interview: If you have the right qualifications and are a standout applicant, you get put through a screening process to see if you have what it takes.
Working with students online is not a easy task so you have to have the right personality and skill set.
Proficiency Test/Simulated Session Test: Once you pass the screening interview, you have to go through some testing and simulations to prove your skills to the already existing team at Brainfuse.
Fingerprinting and Background Check: The last round is based on the results of your background check.
It is so important to know who you are hiring these days.
Plus, this is a common practice amongst employers.
This is a great way of determining if the company is legit as well.
Training: When you are finally hired, you go through training.
This is always a good thing regardless if you have been teaching for 15 years or you are a fresh graduate.
Plus, trainings such as instructional methodology, and academic objectives should never be overlooked.
Professional Development: Some of your tutoring sessions will be monitored so that you can get feedback.
This is great news if you strive for excellence. I love feedback with anything I am doing.
The Brainfuse Pros & Cons
• If you get selected to be a tutor, you get great training and a steady flow of jobs.
• You will be working at one of the best tutoring services in the U.S.
• The requirements are extremely tough. For example, having a Masters Degree eliminates the vast majority of Americans by itself.
• Requiring experience as a preferred applicant means that the company is legit but if you are a fresh graduate, it may be more difficult to get hired.
Better Business Bureau (BBB)
I always check the BBB database because there is so much information on their website.
Here is what I uncovered.
So far, Brainfuse is not looking to be as perfect as it seems.
I mean, the BBB has little to no information on them.
There are no complaints or reviews to speak of, which is rare.
The vast majority of reviews I do have a BBB page with plenty of info on them.
So the next thing I did was take a look at who the Brainfuse website is registered under.
This is where things get interesting.
It is registered under a company called Perfect Privacy, LLC.
So that means the co-founders of Brainfuse hired this webhosting company to do all of the registering.
What we do know is that Perfect Privacy is not so perfect. Take a look at this BBB page.
Perfect Privacy gets an F and there are a few complaints to go by, so put on your seatbelts.
This is a bit scary.
I have a feeling that the leadership of Brainfuse has no idea these kind of complaints exist or they would not be doing business with them.
This seems to be pretty serious and the reason BBB has rated them with an F.
There are a few more complaints so you can check them out, HERE.
The Final Verdict
There is no way Brainfuse is a scam and I think it has a decent enough reputation.
The reason I say this is that it has been around for nearly 20 years and it is bound to get some negative reviews.
The few negative reviews that I found can be chalked up as a few people having a bad experience with them.
This is nothing to worry about and if you meet the requirements to apply, go for it.
With that being said, if working online as a tutor is not what interests you, then maybe you should think about another line of work.
Have you ever considered creating your own online business?
It is easier than you think and you can become quite successful if you know what you are doing.
If you have no idea what you are doing, there is training at your disposal.
You can check out one of the free tutorials on YouTube to get started.
If you are looking for an example of a great training program, check out this great review.
They have a great reputation and you get great advice from people that started out just like you.
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