A 16-year-old whiz-kid from the Bronx is using TikTok to tutor his peers in math and science.
The “TikTok Tutor” as his rapidly increasing number of followers call him, is Alexis Loveraz, a junior with a 4.0 average at Harlem Prep High School.
Students stuck at home and navigating the challenges of remote learning are looking to the web and social media for extra support.
Known for his smarts, friends asked Loveraz to post tips to help them with algebra, geometry and chemistry. Now the teenager has more than 664,000 followers and over 6 million likes on TikTok.
“I was, like, really shocked,” Alexis told CBS2.
“Things that they probably forgot like before COVID-19, this is like a refresher of what I’m, like, giving them out. It’s really cool because they understand it even better the way I’m explaining it to them.”
Indeed, grateful followers have commented that his skills as a teacher are as on point as his math skills.
Peers say, “How did you explain it better than my teacher?” … and, “You explain 1000x better than my math teacher!!!”
Students from all over the world are tuning in.
“It reached places like United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore,” Loveraz explained.
Over the past few months, Loveraz has posted over 100 videos that simplify concepts in mathematics, geometry, chemistry, and physics. He saw a huge jump in followers as he posted to his series of SAT prep lessons, covering algebra and geometry.
Loveraz stays connected to his audience and encourages viewers to vote on SAT prep topics they want covered. He has expanded his reach through YouTube and Discord channels and is offering lessons via Google Classroom.
If you need more, Loveraz hosts 3-hour live sessions that act as interactive study groups on weekends.
And the TikTok tutor has fun with it, casually interjecting short Korean language lessons to introduce students to the writing system and vocabulary.
Loveraz’s mother, Likmilian Hiciano is proud, and she knows what her son is capable of.
“I’m excited about this. I know he can do this and more. I’m so proud that he helped a lot of people,” she told CBS2.
Loveraz’s lessons are all offered free of charge and serve as an invaluable resource to students and the math-curious alike. As lockdown measures continue to loosen and remote learning becomes unnecessary, students will undoubtedly still look to the TikTok tutor for his effective and entertaining teaching methods.