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Expert Skype Tutoring: Online Test Prep for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT & ISEE with a Harvard Grad

Posted by Brian R. McElroy at 2016-08-22 14:18:41

I am a Harvard graduate (class of '02), SAT perfect scorer and full-time private tutor (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE) based in San Diego, California.  Since 1998, I have amassed nearly 20 years and 20,000 hours of private tutoring experience, both in-person and online via Skype (no webcam necessary).  To arrange private Skype tutoring with me, or for a free 15-minute consultation, please contact me directly at 619-889-2935 (call or text) or mcelroy@post.harvard.edu.   You may also book tutoring hours with me here.

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 a 99% scoring GRE or GMAT tutor?  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.

I’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 right 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 my username and add me as a contact.

2) Make sure that we 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, so long as we coordinate in advance. 

3) Create a lesson plan and timeline for tutoring.  How often are we planning to meet before the test? What type of homework will be assigned, and how much?  What are your score goals?

4) Connect with me via Skype the same way that you would over the phone.  I 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.  We can also exchange phone numbers as a backup solution, in case Skype happens to be having issues (rare).  

I am often asked, "how is a tutor on the other side of a computer screen supposed to draw out math problems for me / my student?"  Easy.  I don't need any special equipment; I simply write out the solution with pen and paper as usual, then I take a picture with my phone and send the image file to you directly via Skype's chat feature. It's seamless and easy, and requires zero extra work on your end. 

If you like, then you could even use screen capture software to record your computer’s screen so that you have a full video and audio record of the lesson. This is very helpful if you'd like to go back and re-watch the video to review certain topics / conversations.  I also scan all my notes from the lesson, and send my students a PDF of their lesson notes afterward. 

That’s all! 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 such as myself without having to leave your home. 



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