How do you teach online?
Like how I would teach you if you were in front of me. Honestly, if I ever taught in person again, I’d have to bring my laptop to do what I’m able to do now. I ask questions to get a feel for what you already know. I look for an appropriate starting point and try to have you work on something that you have seen before, but haven’t mastered. Depending on how you’re doing, I might work out problems as examples, type out a step-by-step procedure on the online whiteboard to help you through a process, google illustrations that might help you understand concepts better, ask you your thought process for getting your answer, and assess whether you’re ready to move onto the next topic. I make sure you have learned something new by the time the call ends. If you need extra practice questions, I will pull some from my collection of resources. Over time, I build a good library of information on what you need to learn, your strengths and weaknesses, personality, communication style.
What do I need for online tutoring?
What do I use for the video call?
I prefer using a phone and an app like Facetime or Whatsapp video for the video call. If you don’t have a smartphone, connecting to Zoom via your laptop also works.
The reason I slightly prefer using a phone over a laptop for the video call is that you can easily flip your camera and point it at something that’s already on paper, like your written work, or you have a spontaneous question from a piece of paper that you haven’t sent me before. It’s more effective than holding a piece of paper up to the laptop camera.