Live in Idaho but want to connect with an expert ACT or SAT tutor in San Diego? Reside in Texas but want to work with an an experienced GRE or GMAT tutor in Los Angeles? Don’t want to change out of your pajamas before starting your ISEE tutoring session? Or maybe you’re just too tired of spending gas money and wasting time sitting in traffic.
We’ve got the solution for you: real-time, online private tutoring via Skype.
Many people are hesitant to try online tutoring, feeling that the personal connection provided by in-person tutoring is invaluable. And while I would be inclined to agree with this assessment in many cases (such as instances where the student lacks motivation), there are also many other instances where online tutoring would be at least as effective, if not more effective, than in-person tutoring. For a self-motivated student, Skype tutoring can work wonders, and its convenience is unmatched. In fact, over 25% of my students now choose to work with me online--even some of the students who live here in San Diego.
Here is how it works:
1) If you haven’t already, then go to www.Skype.com and create a free Skype account and username. Find the tutor’s username and add him/her as a contact.
2) Make sure the tutor and the student have the same books and materials (taking into account that there are often different editions of the same book). You can’t have an effective tutoring session unless the student and the tutor are looking at the exact same material. This shouldn’t be a problem if you coordinate in advance and the tutor makes sure to use screen sharing and/or webcam features to provide the visual component necessary.
3) Create a lesson plan and timeline for tutoring. How often are you going to meet before the test? What type of homework will be assigned, and how much? What are your score goals?
4) Connect with your tutor via Skype the same way that you would over the phone. The tutor will sometimes use the chat bar to type written messages. What’s nice about this is that it provides a written record of each session. Other times, the tutor might “share the screen” so that he/she can draw figures, shapes and equations using a digital tablet or mouse. If you like, then you could even use screen capture software to record your computer’s screen so that you have a full video record of the lesson. This is very helpful if you'd like to go back and re-watch the video to review certain topics. We also encourage our students to take screenshots of the visuals that we provide, for example, when working through a long math question, and we send them a PDF of the lesson notes afterward.
That’s all! If you’re willing to consider online tutoring, then your number of available tutoring options will increase exponentially; you will then be able to choose from among our entire team of expert tutors. Yes, there is no exact substitute for meeting with your tutor in person, but Skype comes pretty darn close. It’s the most convenient way to connect with an expert tutor without having to leave your home.