Ten years since his graduation from TCNJ with a degree in finance, Robert Czesak ’03 has become a savior for high school and college students by turning his past experiences as a penniless college student into an ingenious business. As CFO of the innovative online company Confusing Homework, Czesak has partnered with Wichita State University graduate Bryce Moral to create a service dedicated to providing college and high school students with free, high-quality tutoring. Officially created in May 2012, after Czesak took over the financial and marketing responsibilities, the up-and-coming company’s service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, promising not only a solution to each student’s question, but also detailed steps to get to the answer.
With the tagline “Don’t get behind because you can’t afford it” emblazoned on its homepage, Confusing Homework directs itself toward students in need of one-on-one tutoring but unable to pay the steep hourly fees often accompanying it. The system is simple enough: students email Confusing Homework with a query (or send their question via the company’s app, available for both iPhone and Android) and, about an hour later, they receive a reply from a tutor with a bachelor’s or master’s degrees in the respective field of study. Czesak explains: “Since the service is free for whoever wishes to use it, we get revenue from online advertisers in order to pay our tutors for answering questions. [Our tutors] are located in many countries throughout the world including the US, Serbia, India, England, and Bangladesh. This enables us to ensure we always have someone monitoring questions so there will not be any time gaps in answering questions.”
In addition to tutoring services, Confusing Homework provides a calendar and a marketplace, creating a venue for students to purchase books and school products, as well as organize their school and work schedules. Students can also interact online through a live chat feature, making it easy for classmates to interact with not only their tutors but each other.