I just recently completed an hour of tutoring with a young man who was wanting to brush up on his sign language before taking a college placement exam for his language credit. He needed a tutor, and I wanted to tutor him. The only problem was this: I'm in Houston and he's in Galveston... the answer? SKYPE!
If you are unfamiliar with Skype, it is basically a free video-chat service. You set up an account and a webcam and then you can call other people's computers, iPhones, etc. and see and hear them in real time. It feels so futuristic! I am fascinated more and more each day about the technology around me! At first I was thankful to have Skype so I could video-chat with my grandparents, but now it has become a very successful and practical teaching tool! The young man and I were able to set up a convenient time to chat and then were able to not only hear but also see each other as if we were working side by side or face to face! We plan on meeting up again tonight to go over some new vocabulary, and I could not be more excited about it for two reasons: one, because teaching truly is my passion, and two, because with this kind of technology space has become a non-factor when it comes to tutoring! I have no doubt that this young man will pass both sign language courses he is attempting to test out of because of the combination of seeking my help and accepting the technology that makes it all the easier.
So, if you are interested in being tutored but feel that you are too far from where the best tutors are located, consider Skyping with me and see how I can help you too!