How we started and why we are
dedicated to helping

Our Story

2011

While pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Iowa, Hung Tran taught Math and Computer Science to many undergraduate students. As students' demand increased, he started connecting them with his friends at other universities around the country to tutor them online.
This experience was an "AHA" moment for Hung as he realized this is a better way to do tutoring. He convinced his research-mate, Thomas Hornbeck, to found "Tutor Universe" - a marketplace for online tutoring where students and tutors can connect online anywhere, anytime via a virtual study room.

2013

Upon graduation, Hung Tran and Thomas Hornbeck moved the company to Silicon Valley to join Studio 9+ Incubator, where they met our now CEO – Peter Relan.

2014

Observing significant changes in student's learning behavior via smartphones or tablets, Hung Tran and Thomas Hornbeck built a mobile app called "Got It!" that connects students and tutors within 30 seconds with a single tap of a button.

Today

Since then we have come a long way: PhotoStudy has served over 1 million students and has been selected as one of the Best Homework Helper apps on the App Store for four consecutive years. We are also committed to building partnerships to serve first generation and low-income students and have joined hands with 200+ TRiO programs nationwide to provide cost-effective and high-quality tutoring.
95%
Of students who used PhotoStudy saw at least a letter grade improvement in their Math/Science course
90%
Of students who used PhotoStudy saw at least a full letter grade improvement
95%
Of tutoring sessions were rated 5/5 stars by students
36
Average number of 1:1 completed tutoring sessions per student per academic year

Expert and session quality

Our Experts are carefully vetted, trained and audited to ensure students receive the highest quality sessions.
Only the best become Experts
(About 15% make the cut!)
Experts receive ongoing training and detailed feedback through our quality control process
Students agree! 95% of all sessions are rated 5 out of 5 stars!

What Students say about Photostudy

PhotoStudy user 3
University of Wisconsin - SSS
“It is very helpful and very convenient, it’s always right there in front of me when I need it at any time of day/night.”
PhotoStudy user 4
“I like how you can just snap a picture and send it to them and in a few seconds, someone will be there to help you. ITS REALLY FAST”
PhotoStudy user 5
“I struggle a lot with Math and Got It has helped me understand some concepts I wouldn’t have.”
PhotoStudy user 1
The University of Wisconsin - SSS
“I use it all the time in my time of need such as late hours of the night, or even in between classes when I do not have the time to go to a tutor. This app is very helpful and easy to use because you take one snap picture of the problem and you are directed to a tutor who answers all of your questions.”
PhotoStudy user 2
University of Arkansas - UB
“It has helped me with Algebra 2 problems. I had a high C before Got It. I now have all A's”
PhotoStudy user 3

University of Wisconsin - SSS
“It is very helpful and very convenient, it’s always right there in front of me when I need it at any time of day/night.”
PhotoStudy user 4

“I like how you can just snap a picture and send it to them and in a few seconds, someone will be there to help you. ITS REALLY FAST”
PhotoStudy user 5

“I struggle a lot with Math and Got It has helped me understand some concepts I wouldn’t have.”
PhotoStudy user 1

The University of Wisconsin - SSS
“I use it all the time in my time of need such as late hours of the night, or even in between classes when I do not have the time to go to a tutor. This app is very helpful and easy to use because you take one snap picture of the problem and you are directed to a tutor who answers all of your questions.”
PhotoStudy user 2

University of Arkansas - UB
“It has helped me with Algebra 2 problems. I had a high C before Got It. I now have all A's”
PhotoStudy user 3
Student Support Services Director at Southeastern Louisiana University
“The PhotoStudy program saved lots of students in the Spring when we had to close in March.”
PhotoStudy user 4
“With Got It, our students have access to professional tutoring within seconds - whenever they need it most - all for a reasonable price. It is one of those apps where once you use it, it will be hard to imagine life without it.”
PhotoStudy user 5
Director of College Project Talent Search Programs
“Got It has provided our students with exactly what they need when they need it. Our team especially appreciates Got Its built-in security measures that protect our students online – giving our staff, parents, and teachers greater peace of mind.”
PhotoStudy user 1
Director of Student Support Services Programs
“As a SSS Director, having the Got It App has really centralized the work I do. I especially like how I am able to provide real-time results to my staff each week based on our students’ usage of the app.”
PhotoStudy user 2
Director of Talent Search Programs
“The “Got It” team is remarkable! From the CEO, to the operations and design teams, they have been diligent in their efforts to design a quality product for TRiO. I have been truly impressed with their commitment to the success of our students and programs. Their partnership and desire to meet our needs has been second to none.”
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