Parent FAQ

What else can GTL offer my child other than tutoring? 
  • GTL offers many services outside of tutoring. For example, we have Global Prep services that do include tutoring (such as language tutoring), but Global Prep also includes our Cultural Passport programming, which helps students to grow intercultural knowledge and understanding. We also offer Learning Companion services such as the Learner Sprint, where the Learners are able to work with Linkers on developing habits and working towards goals of their choice, either personal or academic.  
  • Overall, our GTL services do include tutoring, but we provide many more services that focus on community, connection, and personal growth outside of tutoring.  
In what way can GTL help my child reach their goals? 

We have multiple services that focus on goal setting and habit formation. These services are: Learner Sprint, Learner Marathon, Passion Quest, Study Abroad, and more. These services are mainly Learner-guided, where the focus in the goal process lies where the Learner most wants to focus. Through the Learner Sprint and Learner Marathon for example, the Learners choose the goal(s) on which they would like to focus, and the habit formation/goal setting process is largely guided by where the Learner would like to progress. The Linker(s) are there to facilitate this habit formation and goal setting process, and to be a guide and resource for the Learner through this process.  

What benefits can I get from the GTL Community? 
  • High quality connections 
  • Our Linker mentor team is composed of selected current students and recent graduates from world-renowned colleges and universities. Our Linker Advisors are from Harvard and other top educational institutions. Learners can gain connections through Linker Mentors and Advisors in this community through our “Community Share,” blog posts, and Linker Hours.  
  • Public services and resources  
  • All public services and resources will be posted in the group chat and in the iABC plaza Announcements channel. The public “Community Share” service involves access to webinars, blog posts, and Linker Hours. Webinars are hosted by Linkers on various academic and personal development topics. These webinars can be joined live, or Learners can watch the recordings of previous webinars on our WeChat channel (GlobalTalentLink). Blog posts are written by Linkers, Partners, and Academic Advisors to GTL and can be accessed through the GTL website. Linker Hours are designated times where select Linkers are available weekly for individual queries through their channels.  
Can GTL tutor my child better than other professional tutoring platforms? 
  • A Linker is like an older sibling or an experienced specialist who builds a personal connection with you and supports you in achieving your academic and personal goals. Our tutoring service is a wonderful learning companion journey. Our Linker team is composed of college students and recent graduates from universities that inspire Learners in their formative years/  
  • Also, at GTL we acknowledge both the strength and areas of improvement in the education system. Our mission at GTL is to promote Learner-based learning. In which the motivation for learning and growth is internal and comes from within the student.  
How will I know if this program is beneficial/enriching for my student? What indicators are there? 

We place an emphasis on observable progress and offer deliverables in the form of a Learner Report developed from a Linker interview in which a pair of Learners will get to know your student as well as their learning habits, short-term goals, long-term aspirations, interests, skills, and areas of improvement. Based on this information, our Linkers will offer a list of suggested services that you student may benefit from. 

What separates GTL from organizations like the Boys and Girls Club or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America? 

Apart from a community comprised of students or recent graduates from tip colleges and universities around the world as well as established professionals in their respective fields to serve as mentors/sources of support, GTL offers services that are centered around student interests and goals. This makes GTL’s services highly personalized and relevant to each student. Moreover, we place an emphasis on not only 1-1 support but also community engagement and development. Our Learners and Linkers come from all over the world and make up a truly global community of passionate individuals. 

School / Organization FAQ

Our school already offers tutoring services, how would GTL be different? 

Global Talent Link is not only a tutoring service. We provide a holistic experience that integrates learning, mentoring, and relationship building. A Linker is more like an older sibling who can provide a specific program for the student that will encourage growth in every aspect of their life and the ability to explore new ideas and interests. For example, our Learner Sprint sessions allow students to investigate academic as well as non-academic topics of their choice that range from graphic design, to time management, to creative writing, just to name a few. 

How will I know if this program is beneficial/enriching for my student? What indicators are there?

We place an emphasis on observable progress and offer deliverables in the form of a Learner Report developed from a Linker interview in which a pair of Learners will get to know your student as well as their learning habits, short-term goals, long-term aspirations, interests, skills, and areas of improvement. Based on this information, our Linkers will offer a list of suggested services that you student may benefit from. 

How will GTL benefit my school? 

With Linkers being near-peers, students will be able to interact with mentors that can relate to their experiences and concerns through a Linker’s sharing of their own personal perspectives and experiences in ranging aspects of academic life in high school/college, working through a school/life balancing act, etc. Linkers are not solely concerned with tutoring, but with the overall growth of the Learner with whom they are working. This viewpoint is a key component of any great school and is what makes GTL uniquely different than most tutoring services that work towards comprehending a single academic subject/topic within a given time period. 

Logistics FAQ

How can my child become a member of GTL?
  • If you look at our website (gtlink.us), you will be able to find information about our community and services.  
  • To become a member of our Microsoft Teams community, you can subscribe to us on our website. In order to subscribe, please click the “get started” button on the GTL homepage/services page, and this will lead you to a subscription application form on our website. Through that form, you will receive a GTL Microsoft Teams email invitation. Once you use this invitation to sign in through Teams, you will be greeted by one of our Linker Coordinators who will help to acquaint you with our community. Browse through the iABC Plaza and iABC Village on our Teams platform, and then select a service! 
  • To look at our Microsoft Teams to learn more and gain an understanding about the functioning of our community, we have account information that you can use in order to briefly visit our Microsoft Teams. The email is gtlinktesting@gmail.com and the password is GTL2021! 
How can we enroll in Microsoft Teams?

If you are interested in joining the community and becoming a member on our GTL Microsoft Teams, you can follow the tutorial at this link in order to find instructions on how to enroll and become a member. This process requires a Microsoft account, but if you do not have a Microsoft account, you can create one with an existing email address. 

How can we enroll in a particular service that GTL offers?
  • To enroll in a service, you need to have already subscribed to our GTL community through Microsoft Teams. Once that step is completed, we have a list of channels on our Microsoft Teams, one channel per Linker. To become involved in these programs after your initial GTL Linker Interview, please reach out to the Linkers who conducted your interview through those channels, and they can connect you with relevant Linkers who would be able to be your contact person for those services.  
  • Once you get in contact with that Linker who will be your contact person for that service, you can book a session with them following these instructions. 
How do we pay for GTL’s paid services?
  • If you would like to subscribe to a paid service, the instructions can be found under the “How to Pay” section on this page. If there are any issues, please email info@gtlink.us.
  • Once you get in contact with that Linker who will be your contact person for that service, you can book a session with them following these instructions. 

Still need help? Send us a note!

If you need help, please email learner@gtlink.us or call us at (781)269 1859.