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How to Choose an Online Math Tutor

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In the sometimes hectic world of academia, it can be difficult to find the extra support you need. Whether you're trying to catch up on confusing concepts or get a head start on future work, it's important to find quality help to guide you. Scheduling conflicts, limitations on transportation, or simply not planning ahead can all make the search a little harder. This is why online math tutors are a great resource to get the most out of your tutoring experience.

Still, finding an online math tutor and finding the right online math tutor for you are two very different things. In order to get what you need out of the experience, you'll want to find just the right match. How do you do it? Let's take a closer look.

Find an Effective Online Math Tutoring Platform

As you begin your search, you'll find that the number of online tutoring services is vast. How can you possibly choose one? This is one of the most important steps in the process, so you'll want to take your time and do your research.

There are three primary considerations to weigh when selecting an online host for your virtual math tutoring.

1. Convenience

The main reason students choose online tutoring over in-person tutoring is because it's more convenient. However, this won't be the case if you choose a platform that doesn't have flexible scheduling.

When scheduling online math tutoring sessions, you might find that you're required to book sessions far in advance or commit to the same day and time each week. For some students this is reasonable and for others it is not. Anticipate how much flexibility you'll need and choose accordingly.

2. Budget

Budget is another important consideration. There is a wide range when it comes to tutoring costs. The fee for math tutors can start as low as $20 per hour and range up to $85 per hour. Generally, online tutors are slightly more affordable than in-person tutors. This is because, just as online tutoring is more convenient for the student, it's also more convenient for the tutor.

Costs will also vary according to the level of instruction. Tutors for elementary math or middle school will be more affordable than those for high school or college-level math. Tutors that cater to standardized tests, like ACT math or SAT math will also be more expensive because their skills are more specialized.

3. Quality

Finally, quality should always be a top consideration when selecting an online tutoring platform. Look for something that provides more than just video chatting. Technical features like screen sharing and even a virtual whiteboard are especially important when choosing the online learning environment that will best meet your needs.

TutorMe meets all of these standards. Here you'll find an on-demand online tutoring platform to meet all your scheduling needs, along with tutors offering a range in prices and experience, all presented on a professional platform that includes a shared whiteboard to maximize the teaching experience.

3 Considerations for Choosing the Best Online Math Tutor for You

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Once you've found a great tutoring platform, your next challenge will be finding a great online math tutor. Remember, the tutor who is the best fit for someone else may not be the best fit for you, so you'll need to consider which factors are most important to you when selecting your tutor.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to narrow your search for the best tutor.

What Level of Math Do You Need Help With?

One of the first things you should consider when choosing a tutor is the level of math that you're working on. It might be helpful to make a list of the specific skills or specialties you need help with. This could be broad, like geometry or precalculus, or it could be specific math concepts like the quadratic equation or finding common factors.

Once you have a list of the specific areas of math help you need, you'll be ready to narrow your search to tutors who have expertise in these areas.

As you browse through tutors, look for the sub-areas you specifically need. Some platforms may even allow you to filter according to specific words. See if there's a search function and put it to good use by inputting the specific types of math problems you need help with.

What Do You Hope to Achieve Through Online Tutoring?

While subject area is an important factor to weigh, you'll also want to think about what specific performance tasks you need help with. Think carefully about your goals. Do you want to get better grades? Do you need math homework help? Are you preparing for the GRE or PSAT? All of these require a different approach.

Look for tutors who have experience preparing for and succeeding in the areas you struggle with. If you need help with homework assignments, find a tutor who will consistently be available when you do your math homework. If you need help preparing for a specific standardized test, look for a tutor who aced it herself.

What Teaching Style Works Best for You?

Finally, think about the type of math teachers who you connect with the best. Consider your ideal math lesson. Do you like super engaging and energetic teachers? Do you like calmer teachers who take things very slowly? Do you do better with lots of visual aids?If you aren't sure, check out the VARK questionnaire to gain more insight into your learning style.

Next, think about what type of learner you are and how that can best be supported by a tutor. Then, read reviews of the tutors you've narrowed your search down to. It's likely that you'll be able to get a good sense for how this person instructs by reading reviews left by former students.

At TutorMe, you can also click on the Questions tab under each tutor's profile. Here, you'll find sample questions and explanations that will give you a general sense of how your tutor will interact with you. Check out this example from a popular algebra tutor.

Finding an Online Math Tutor: The Bottom Line

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There are thousands of choices out there for online tutors, but it's worth your time to select yours carefully. Using the wrong online tutor for you won't just be a waste of money — it will also be a waste of time and could set you back in your math knowledge, rather than helping you move ahead.

Considering things like convenience, budget, and quality will help you select an appropriate tutoring platform. Once you've found a great online tutoring platform, you can narrow your search for an awesome tutor by considering which level of math support you need, what your goals are, and how you learn best.

Finally, if you're feeling overwhelmed with the choices and want some help narrowing down all the options, there are quick match features available on many tutoring platforms.

At TutorMe, you can enter the Browse Math Tutors page and select the specific math subject you want help with from the menu on the right hand side. Once you're in the math subject you want, use the green "Match with a Tutor" button along the left hand side to enter some quick details and have the platform find a tutor who fits your needs.

Finding the right online math tutor may not be a simple process at first, but with a few steps you'll be able to match yourself with the right tutor for you and maximize your math success.

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