About GradeSlam

GradeSlam’s chat-based tutoring service can be used through Facebook Messenger, SMS, or the Online Classroom. It is unlimited, on-demand and available 24/7 for students age 11 and older.

All exchanges are conducted through instant messaging. Students share their assignment with their tutor by uploading a file or photo of the assignment into the chat-box. The tutor comments directly on the work using the Student Whiteboard and sends it back. Every session is saved on the student’s personal dashboard and can be referenced as a study tool later on. Teachers use the Teacher Dashboard to stay informed on the nuances of each student’s learning style and progress.


In 2009, Philip Cutler began running a local in-home tutoring service. The business grew quickly and what was originally a one man operation evolved into dozens of tutors helping hundreds of students in six provinces across Canada. As the business grew so did overhead and staffing needs. Things were becoming more costly and inefficient as the amount of tutoring increased.

After listening to the opinions of educators and students across North America, Phil realized that by leveraging technology he could develop a platform that provides affordable and personalized academic help, 24/7.
Enter GradeSlam.

The Founders

Despite an advanced technological platform and snazzy look, GradeSlam is just a small team dedicated to the success of each and every one of our students. With GradeSlam you get personalized service and always have someone you can speak to anytime you have a question. We are completely committed to making sure students are satisfied, academic needs are met and their expectations are surpassed.

Phil Cutler

Founder and CEO

Philip Cutler graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Education. His background in education prompted him to create Laurus Educational Services, as well as Laurus Summer Camp, both of which emphasize the importance of educational development alongside social development for children of all ages. Today, Philip continues to be involved with education in the local community. He serves as city councilor for the City of Westmount. As CEO for GradeSlam he works tirelessly to make sure all students have the opportunity to access high quality academic help regardless of socioeconomic background or geographic location.

Roberto Cipriani

Founder and CTO

Roberto Cipriani, founder and CTO, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and a Master’s of Science in Neuroscience from McGill University. In 2011, Roberto left academia to pursue a career in the private sector. He worked on two separate educational technology projects before co-founding GradeSlam in 2014. As CTO, his software development skills turned GradeSlam into a reality not only by creating a platform that is intuitive to the modern student, but also by ensuring the exceptional quality of the service throughout its evolution.