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Is Online (Internet) tutoring the right solution for you?

First, let me agree that online tutoring can be much more difficult to do well than in-person tutoring. To tutor online a tutor must have much more skill in evaluating students, and more skill in presenting the material. In addition, in comparison with in-person tutoring, online tutoring takes considerably more time.  I will deal with these factors in the discussion below.

There are several factors to consider in deciding to use an online tutoring solution.

1. Does the tutor's communication solution work for you?
Does the tutor offer you a free session so that you can evaluate the tutor's skill over the internet? Even if your prospective tutor is very experienced in the internet medium, his/her solution may not be appropriate for you and you need to know before you make a commitment. Perhaps you don't have the right equipment or you are behind an internet firewall that prevents the tutor from communicating effectively with you.

2. How well does the tutor explain the subject over the internet?
Even with the best communication tools, some tutors will be very good at presenting explanations online, and some will be very bad at it. For a test session, you should pick some topic that you have had problems understanding in the past. Also, bring a friend or parent to the test session to get a separate opinion.

3. How does the internet tutoring rate compare with in-person tutoring rates in general?
There are at least two people involved in a tutoring session. The tutor's time is valuable, but so is your own time. In my experience, online tutoring takes at least twice as much time for the same material. In addition, a tutor saves money on gas and time by not having to drive to your home. In my opinion, your tutor's online rate should in general be 50% or less than the tutor's in-person rate.

Online tutoring can work well and it can save you a lot of money; in addition the solution allows you to select from a much larger pool of tutors all over the world.  However this solution needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis. You wouldn't buy your clothes online unless the merchant offered you a generous return policy so that you don't lose money if the solution doesn't work, and you should not expect less from an online tutor.

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