Get the Most from Online Tutors
I’m amazed by how easy it is to connect with high-quality online tutors in nearly any subject area.
If a student is Internet-savvy and concentrates well, getting academic support on the Internet can be a great solution. Rates are sometimes much cheaper than in-person help.
For example, I’ve enjoyed one-on-one online Spanish classes at a wonderful language school in Cuernavaca, Mexico, called CETLALIC.
Their system gave me a chance to practice with experienced—and patient—Spanish professors. With the currency exchange, the rate was only $15 an hour!
Chat, Video, Audio, and File Sharing
For most people, your set-up should involve a chat function, clear video (so you can see each other), and an excellent audio (sound) connection. Depending on the subject, file sharing may also be necessary.
My colleague Prashant Yadav, CEO of the India-based Etutelage.com, which employs lots of Internet academic coaches, tells me his company has a system in which both teacher and student can look at (and make changes to) the same document together. A web-based “classroom” set-up such as theirs is ideal, but a simple Skype connection can work, too.
This type of academic support is only a good choice for students who are computer-proficient. You don’t have to be a computer genius, but Internet use, email, typing, and similar functions should be familiar.
Finding Tutors on the Internet
Especially for students under age 18, I recommend seeking out a reputable e-tutoring service. Look for one with plenty of client testimonials and a professional website. I've partnered with an excellent online math program to offer you a free session.
Want a tutor to come to you?
While Internet sessions are helpful, in-person support is the most effective way to get academic support.
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