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?

  • a device for video calling
  • a device to view the Google Jamboard (might be the same device as the video calling device)
  • a Gmail address

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.

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