Zoom Tutoring since COVID

March 28, 2021
Prior to March of 2020, I had looked into starting online tutoring, but I didn't know where to begin.  What software would I use?  What equipment would I need?  How would I need to adjust my tutoring style?  Turns out all I needed to get started was a Wacom writing tablet with stylus and a free Zoom account.
 
I've spent the past year navigating the ins and outs of one-on-one online tutoring, and I'm happy to say I may never go back to in-person again. [OK, never say never.]  I can tutor anywhere (i.e. the beach) at any time (i.e. lunch time or late nights). Plus, it offers the convenience of being able to space students out throughout the day, reach students who live too far to travel, and offer shorter time slots (for younger or focus-challenged students) that would otherwise not be worth the travel time involved.  But as with anything, there are pros and cons.

PROS:  I can write on any diagram (without having to re-draw it out on paper) and explain steps using colors to illustrate my thought flow.  If I need a blank template for a graph or unit circle, it's easily available online to fill in as I explain.  Students can scan or take pictures of problems on paper, and either email or text them to me during the session or in advance.  I can pull up a graphing calculator emulator and type button steps on a digital screen for students to see what I am graphing and how to follow along.  I can use a whiteboard to write down problems and have students tell me what stepwork to write, or they can write on it themselves using a mouse or stylus.  I can read the student's face and body language to see frustration, confusion, lack of focus, or if they are merely copying down what I've written instead of absorbing how to do it themselves.  Being one-on-one allows me to adjust my explanations to meet the student wherever they are without the embarrassment or distraction of being in front of a group.

CONS:  It's not as easy to see what students are writing, but it's not impossible.  Students who have the recommended equipment will have nearly the same experience as in-person, but if not, we can still make do with what we have.  Chromebook doesn't allow annotating on screen at this time, and sometimes it doesn't work for certain tablets/iPads.  Using a phone is possible, but also not recommended.

I recommend students have a laptop or desktop with webcam, pencil and paper,and a graphing calculator.  It would be ideal for students to have access to a writing tablet with a stylus, but not necessary.  In-person there was much focus on what the student was writing and how it was organized.  In today's online environment, the focus is just on how to get the answer.
 

I MOVED!! Pricing Update

September 27, 2017
Hey parents and students!  So, lots of new things going on!  I'm excited to announce that I have recently moved to N. Raleigh.  I am still meeting several of my long-time students at the Eva Perry Library in Apex on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I'm trying to transition my student base to my new area near 540 and Creedmoor Rd.  I will also be offering tutoring in my home! This will allow me to help more students back-to-back and be efficient with my time.  I'm trying online tutoring for the fir...
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ALEKS Online Math Program

August 14, 2014
This summer (2014) I got the privilege of revamping the math curriculum at the Dr. Frances A. Karnes Summer Gifted Studies Program for Academically Talented Youth on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg,MS.  This was my 4th consecutive year as a math instructor for the program, and it was the first time the format of the math program has changed since before I was a student of the program in 1997.  The textbooks and paper tests were replaced with computers and o...
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Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

December 11, 2012
Part of why parents and students use my service is my flexibility in scheduling.  Many parents even request same-day service with only a few hours notice, which I try to accommodate whenever possible.  I would like to keep that as a core part of my business, but I have found it necesssary to develop a stated cancellation and rescheduling policy to keep my schedule and time optimized.

In conjunction with my new pricing packages, my cancellation and rescheduling policy is as follows:

I request th...
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New Pricing Packages!

December 11, 2012
The holidays are here and the end of the semester is near!  I'd like to take this time to thank all of my parents and students who have helped me grow my business this school semester.  I have been wildly successful increasing my client base, regularly tutoring 3-4 students a day, 5 days a week.  With this growth it has become necessary to add more structure.

Next semester, starting in January, I will be introducing pricing packages designed to save money by buying more of my time at once.  It...
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Update: My Experience in Raleigh. I can't believe it has been a year!

September 22, 2012
I have been in Raleigh for over a year now.  My professional experience has grown by leaps and bounds.  I started tutoring with Sylvan's Ace-It Program, a free after-school program for Title I schools.  I had students from 4th-6th grades in groups of 6 reviewing basic phonics and reading.  I began getting 2-3 regular private students that I visited weekly for algebra.

From there I got a contract with Wake County Schools to tutor at Wilburn Year-Round Elementary School as an in-class 5th grade ...
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I Have Moved to Raleigh, NC

August 24, 2011
I am so excited to announce that I am following my dream and have finally moved to Raleigh, NC.  I've only been here 5 days, but I love it so far.  I realize many of my former students are sad to see me leave, but I hope to help even more people here in the Raleigh area.

I plan to spend time touring nearby college campuses soon so I can follow my passion for tutoring college level algebra.

Wish me luck everyone!  And thanks for all your support.
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Facebook Page gets a Username: www.facebook.com/Tutor4me

April 30, 2011
I finally reached enough "Likes" to be able to create a username!  Hooray!  I created a survey on the page to let others who visited my page help me decide on which username to choose.  With only one vote (besides myself), we decided on Tutor4me.  Now it is infinitely easier to direct people to my business page by giving them the URL:  www.facebook.com/Tutor4me  (instead of making them search for my page using the entire title).

I encourage any students I have tutored before to visit my Facebo...
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Check out my new Facebook page "Hattiesburg Tutor: Math and ACT Prep with Michelle Myers"!

April 6, 2011
Yesterday I finally decided to harness the power of Facebook.  I've been needing a better method of getting the word out, but with all the possible avenues to try, I wasn't sure which would be the most effective.  After looking at all the ridiculous things that have pages and get "Likes" on Facebook, I thought surely I could figure that out and get some benefit from creating a page for my tutoring. 

I created a page specificly for advertising my tutoring services.  I named it "Hattiesburg Tut...
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Math Teacher for Dr. Frances A Karnes Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth

March 25, 2011
Hello everyone!

Welcome to my blog.  I decided I needed to do something to keep my website fresh so there would be a reason to keep coming back.  I do alot of reading, and I recently read that it is recommended that professionals keep a blog.

Today is a fabulous day to start a blog.  The sun is shining.  The birds are chirping.  And I just got hired on as one of the math teachers for the Dr. Frances A Karnes Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth!  I can't describe how excited I am! 

Fo...
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