About OLA

About Us

The Online Learning Academy (OLA) provides tutoring and mentorship to students in underrepresented groups to promote higher education. To succeed in college, students must be academically ready. OLA provides one-on-one English, Math, and Science tutoring by college tutors for all SEED programs. We offer tutoring in the following subjects: basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, environmental science, writing, language arts, and introductory college level biology, chemistry, and physics.

Our Mission

The Online Learning Academy strives to deliver high-quality, engaging and academically rich tutoring and college readiness programs, providing students opportunities for academic development, success and goal completion. Through mentorship and partnership with GEAR-UP and Talent Search programs, we combine efforts in creating ways of reaching students to 1) increase academic success,  2) build college aspirations, and 3) help close the educational gap among groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education by providing program-specific tutoring. We strive to advance our priorities by employing exceptional tutors and peer mentors.

OLA is currently involved in critical high school to college student readiness and preparation efforts between Hawaii DOE, UH System campuses, and GEAR UP/P20, including:

  • Partnering with the GEAR UP program both in the DOE System to make sure that students have adequate tutoring in math and English to help guide them into further education
  • Providing GEAR UP schools with writing workshops for their CTE Honors students’ capstone projects
  • Building a partnership with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) organizations to support students in order to improve the percentage of students who matriculate through the “pipeline” successfully into STEM careers


Our Work at a Glance

Math & Science Tutoring Sessions

  • HI DOE K-12 69.5% 69.5%
  • UH Community Colleges 19% 19%
  • UH Mānoa, West Oahu, Hilo 10.5% 10.5%
  • Other 1% 1%


Writing Tutoring Sessions

  • Undergraduate 51% 51%
  • Graduate 31% 31%
  • High School 14% 14%
  • Elementary & Middle School 4% 4%


OLA History

Since its inception in July 2007, the OLA has fulfilled a vital role in helping Hawai’i’s students to get to, matriculate, and graduate from our UH campuses. The original Report To Hawaii State Legislature Act 275, SLH 2007 gave life to OLA as a key component in Student Support Infrastructure. The Online Learning Task Force’s mission was to develop a systematic plan to expand opportunities for online learning and develop a phased plan with desirable outcomes to enhance the learning experiences of students across the state. Specifically, the task force designated that: The DOE should establish partnerships, including the University of Hawaii, to create an online and in-person tutoring and mentoring program where qualified people should be hired to provide online tutoring and academic support to DOE students throughout the state. Since OLA started in July 2007, students have logged over 1.6 million minutes of free tutoring!

OLA Staff

Nicholas Kwon, B.S Mechanical Engineering

OLA Math and Science Coordinator

Adam Pang, MA Second Language Studies

OLA Program Coordinator

Minyoung Oh, B.A. European Cultures & English Literature and Linguistics

OLA English Coordinator 

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