It still amazes me how often I hear this, even from people who are looking for a tutor on the Internet. Of course, the main part of my role as an online tutor is to provide exceptional service in making the learning process easy and enjoyable, but a major part of it is also to raise people’s awareness about the possibilities and advantages of online tutoring. I recently received a message through an online tutoring site from a parent who was looking for a math tutor, and sent this by way of introduction:
“Hi, I can help your son or daughter not just get better grades but also learn to enjoy and appreciate math. I specialize in working with each individual student’s learning style to make the learning process fun and easy. I guarantee a fun, stress-free learning experience that your son or daughter will look forward to! Let me know if you’d like my help.
The reply was succinct and far too typical:
“Hi Dane thanks for responding..I’m actually in North Carolina…and need face to face tutoring.”
Now, a lot of people say things like this, but I’ve never heard someone say “I tried online tutoring and it didn’t work for me.” In my experience the only reason people ever say things like this is because they simply haven’t tried online tutoring and just can’t imagine how it might work. That’s okay though, because before the 1990’s a lot of people had never heard of teleconferencing, and many of them probably said “But I need a face to face meeting…” when they first heard the idea. I don’t know if it will make any difference, but for what it’s worth I tried to open her mind:
“A lot of people think they need in-person tutoring if they have never tried online tutoring before, but I can assure you that online tutoring works just as well and even has some unique advantages. 🙂 For one thing, scheduling is a lot easier when nobody has to drive, and that is assuming that you are even lucky enough to find someone in your local area who is able to work with you. I regularly work with students online in everything from elementary arithmetic and algebra to advanced college math, and as long as you have a decent Internet connection and a webcam, I guarantee you that I can help you. Does your son or daughter already use Skype? If not it’s free to download and install, and that’s all we need to make it work. Of course you can try just one session to start with, and if it doesn’t work for whatever reason then it won’t cost you anything. I am here if you would like my help.