How Does Online Tutoring Work?
What is Online Tutoring? Can I Find a Reading Tutor Near Me?
You may be asking, “How can I find an experienced reading tutor near me? How can I find a qualified Dyslexia tutor near me?” The answer? Anchor Learning Solutions online tutoring for struggling and dyslexic readers can be anywhere you are! Online tutoring is personal, interactive, and flexible. It means intensive, quality instruction with an expert in the comfort and security of your own home without having to drive to one more place. Online reading and writing tutoring saves travel time and precious family time while providing proven intensive, multisensory interventions for struggling readers!
How Does Online Tutoring and Interventions Work?
What Does Online Tutoring Look Like?
The online tools I use are a video calling & screen sharing program called Zoom, an online whiteboard, and a digital teaching platform for multisensory reading and spelling instruction. I also use a variety of multisensory reading and writing materials needed to best meet the individual needs of struggling readers and writers.
First, you sign up and download a program called Zoom. It’s completely free. Next, you’ll receive an invite to a Zoom meeting from me by email. Click the link in the email to join the meeting. When you join a meeting for the first time, Zoom will prompt you to open the meeting in the app or download the app. If you have already downloaded the app, just open it and you’ll be directed to the meeting room.
You will notice that we can see each other on video just like Skype and we can hear each other through the computer audio. During the first session, I’ll have all the resources on my side of the screen. Zoom has a screen sharing feature that allows me to show my screen to your child. It’s just as if I were sitting right next to your child! At any point that your child needs to click things on my screen, I can hand over the controls with mouse sharing.
Online tutoring is very personal and very interactive! This video from Zoom explains what you can expect:
What Tools are Needed for Online Tutoring?
You will find that you probably already own what you need for online reading and writing tutoring:
- computer (desktop or laptop) or tablet
- earbuds with microphone (the kind that comes with a smartphone)
- webcam (built-in or external)
- internet connection
I’ll email you more specific network requirements once you’ve decided online tutoring is the right fit for your child.
How Long Are Tutoring Sessions?
Online tutoring session length is based on a few factors:
- Learning challenges and attention span
- Your schedule
Children in Kindergarten to 2nd grade may work best in shorter, 30 minute sessions. Children in 3rd grade on up work well in 60 minute sessions, or longer for a more intensive plan if above elementary age. This will also depend on other factors such as ADHD, family schedules, etc. I’ll work with you to figure out what works best for your child.
How long tutoring is needed depends on several factors, including:
- Learning challenges such as Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
- Learning speed and rate of retention
- Consistency in attendance (the more consistent we both are, the better)