Do you struggle to stay focused when you’re studying for an exam or working on an essay? Staying focused on demanding material can be a real challenge when you’re a student, especially if you were used to more structure and support during high school.Read More
Improving Academic Performance
In a previous article, we scanned the distance learning landscape and explained how online tutoring can help parents and students navigate it.Read More
As a result of Covid-19, we're all living in a strange and unsettling new reality, and none of us knows exactly how long things are going to continue like this. While all of us are experiencing and dealing with the situation in our own ways, students across the country and around the globe have a particularly new set of circumstances with which to contend, and they, as well as schools, teachers, parents, administrators, tutors—every single one of us involved in education—need to learn ways to adapt.
The world today is not the same as the world we lived in two months or even two weeks ago. The global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (aka COVID-19) has completely disrupted all economic and social life, and its true effects are only just beginning to be felt. We are all entering a time of uncertainty such as none of us have faced before, as individuals or as a collective. As the virus infects more and more of the global population, greater numbers of people are going to be forced into isolation within their homes, having their work-lives transformed or completely shut down. What are we going to do? How should we be spending all the extra energy and time many of us will now have, but which none of us asked for?
I’ve come to firmly believe the benefits of online tutoring far outweigh the downsides. From online GMAT tutoring to online statistics tutoring to online chemistry tutoring and many other subjects (some of which require a virtual whiteboard, some of which don’t), we have a long list of success stories around delivering private, customized tutoring online.
I recognize that for some students, the stress associated with not understanding key concepts and being generally behind in a class can be exacerbated by trying to become familiar with new technology. But I believe many students who have just a slight bias toward in-person and away from virtual tutoring would be well served by re-considering an online approach.Read More
We recently conducted an interview with Sam, who is one of the best online physics tutors on our team. He's been providing online tutoring for several years in Math and Physics.
One of the results of being able to look for tutors online is that there tends to be a selection available, which means that you have to evaluate different tutors in order to be able to choose among them. If you are looking for an online statistics tutor, here are a couple of factors to base your evaluation on.
Choose A Specialist
Statistics is a specialized subject that not all tutors, or even all math tutors, will be proficient in. Generally, the more subjects a tutor claims to be able to teach, the less specialized he or she is. A tutor who claims proficiency in statistics and twenty other subjects is probably not as proficient as a tutor who claims to be proficient in just one or only a few subjects.
Sam Ribnick is an online MyGuru tutor for calculus and physics. He attended MIT where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and is a high school physics teacher in Boston Public Schools. He has tutored students online and in person on subjects including AP calculus, AP and IB physics, multi-variable calculus and introductory college physics.
As the web continues to become more and more of a fixture of everyday life, more and more students are looking for the convenience and accessibility of online tutoring. A wide range of college tutors for all subjects can be found online, but finding them can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. That’s what this post is for. If you are looking for a college tutor online, here are five places you can start your search.
Join Discussion Boards
There are discussion boards you can join that are related to tutoring in general as well as to specific subjects. Some of these are just online, attached to websites, and others are groups on social networking sites like Facebook and Linkedin. Similarly, discussions happen via mailing list groups as well. These can be good places to ask for leads or advice or to actually meet tutors who hang out there.
On the surface, there are many reasons why students and parents consider private tutoring, but in essence they boil down to three fundamental reasons. The general reasons for hiring a private tutor are listed here in order of reactiveness to proactiveness.
1. When There’s A Problem
The majority of people looking for a tutor are hoping to solve a problem. These are parents seeking out tutors because their kids’ report cards are unsatisfactory, or college students looking for help after they bomb the midterm. The motivation for these sorts of people is primarily damage control, and once the problem is solved they intend to go back to business as usual. They see private tutoring as a last resort tactic, sort of like stopping at a gas station and asking for directions.