Online Tutoring for College Students is Available

You can get help from your tutor anywhere (Photo by Rob Pearce)

So, you’re just about ready to take that big step and sign up for your first distance learning class. But you’re worried that you’ll run into trouble, and won’t be able to make it through the whole term. There’s no point in putting yourself through all of the work of figuring out what classes or degree you want, finding a distance learning university that you feel comfortable with, and signing up for classes, if you don’t think that you’ll get the help you need when you need it.

Never fear! Tutors for college level classes are available online. Just as with everything else on the web, you’ll need to do a little research to find the best option for you. Fortunately, there are sites that offer comparison reviews of tutoring websites. Online tutors range in experience from certified teachers to college students, and sites offer assistance from 24/7 to specified times each day. Depending on how much help you need, you can sign up for a few sessions, or a whole semester. There may even be online tutors available at the university itself.

Methods of assistance range from email communications, if your questions are not that timely, to one on one live chat, with virtual whiteboards so that both people can see what the other is doing. If you are just stuck on one or two questions, and don’t need a lot of help, you can go to a community  chat room, post your question, and see if anyone gives you an answer.

Online tutoring offers ease of access and availability of tutors. Online, you don’t have to schedule a session, then wait for the tutor to show up at your door, or travel to him. You just log on, and away you go. Some tutoring companies offer video chats, where you can interact face-to-face with the tutor, while others offer anonymous tutoring, where you communicate only by voice or text. You may need a webcam, headphones, and a microphone, depending on the type of tutoring you choose.

If you just have a couple of questions here or there, it doesn’t matter so much where you go for answers. But if you think that you are going to need in-depth assistance throughout a course, you need to pick your tutor carefully. Just as in any other service-related industry, the rapport between the you and the tutor can be all important in motivating you to ask for help when you need it, in understanding what the tutor is trying to communicate to you, and in trusting the tutor’s instructions. For this reason, some tutoring services provide some amount of free tutoring, so that you can find a good fit. If you try a tutor, but are not happy with him for some reason, don’t be discouraged. You may need to try different tutors, different companies, and different methods, until you find one that suits you. There is no right or wrong when searching for someone to help you reach your life’s goals.

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