Remote online tutoring is live, personalized tutoring. It takes place on a computer screen via a web-conferencing platform called Zoom. The bulk of our main materials come from a site called Whizzimo.
How does online tutoring work?
The student signs into the Zoom website and meets with me, one-on-one, using a web camera. Zoome is free of charge to the student. Using a screen-sharing program, students can see and manipulate our tutoring materials on their screen. These materials simulate the same colorful tiles, workbook pages, and other materials that are used in my office, enabling the same "hands on" approach. In addition, your student will have a binder of written work that s/he may be working on during the lesson.
What is required of the student during the tutoring appointment?
All students should be able to conduct themselves as follows: 1. Listen to tutor and follow simple verbal instructions.
2. Be willing to try new learning techniques.
3. Student will be required to manipulate a mouse or track pad to move tiles, will need to “tap out vowel” sounds, and repeat words dictated by the tutor. If your child cannot follow basic instructions, then remote tutoring may not be an option for him/her.
4. Arrive on time and be ready to learn.
5. Treat the tutor with respect and speak to the tutor with respect.
What is required of the parent during the tutoring appointment?
Parents will be expected to be nearby their child to assist with technical difficulties and to reinforce the behavioral expectations of the tutor. For younger students, parents may need to sit with their child during the lesson to assist and encourage the child to follow tutor’s instructions.
What are the benefits of online tutoring?
1. Online lessons make this experience accessible to everyone. Not everyone has an Orton-Gillingham certified tutor in their area and this gives everyone the opportunity for tutoring regardless of location.
2. Online lessons are convenient. They eliminate the time, effort, and gas required to drive to and from the lessons.
3. Online lessons offer more scheduling flexibility. Lessons can often take place earlier in the day since there is no travel time involved.
4. Online lessons allow for the possibility of conducting lessons at school during the day. Some schools, particularly private schools that strive to accommodate their students' individual needs, are open to giving permission for the student to leave class for tutoring.
5. Students enjoy learning online! It's a natural, easy, fun way for them to connect with new concepts and practice what they've learned.
6. Lessons can be taught quickly and effectively because the materials are easily presented on the screen.
7. Students build their keyboarding skills on the computer.
8. Students improve their organizational skills as they take ownership for their tutoring "study area."
Are students attentive during online lessons?
Yes! I keep the lessons interactive and interesting so the student stays engaged. In additon, online lessons create distinct eye contact between the student and tutor, via the computer screen. Other remote tutors have reported that students with ADD/ADHD tend to pay more attention during online tutoring lessons than they do in-person!
May we experience a sample of online tutoring?
Absolutely! I invite you to do exactly that! Starting in the fall of 2017, I will be available for a complimentary face-to-face meeting online via Zoom. That will give us a chance to get acquainted and allow me to demonstrate how online tutoring works.
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