Acumen Tutoring has conducted remote tutoring sessions since 2014, mostly to graduated seniors who need help with college courses. Now that Orange County is in formal lock-down (press release here), all of our tutoring will be conducted online.
I think you'll find that our remote tutoring is as effective as sitting side-by-side and, of course, helps fight the spread of the novel coronavirus.
We use Zoom and FaceTime software to meet with our students on-line.
Barbara prefers FaceTime for her History, English, and Writing sessions because she doesn’t need most of the features Zoom adds to FaceTime’s remote sessions capability. Also, her sessions work perfectly well if the student has an iPad or other iOS device.
John’s math and science classes, on the other hand require Zoom.
If you haven’t worked with Zoom, it’s very adept software for conducting on-line meetings. The student and teacher can see and hear each other and they share an on-screen whiteboard that both can draw on. Together with the ability to share screens, Zoom provides a one-on-one experience remarkably similar to a side-by-side session.
(See screen shot at right; click on the image for a larger view.)
At the agreed-upon time, the teacher texts the student a link to the on-line session. When the student clicks on the link, the Zoom software is activated and the teacher and student are now seeing each other and are ready to work.
That’s all there is to it!
FaceTime comes installed on all Apple devices, so all you need is a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
To meet with John, you'll need:
The Zoom installer is available via the link in this page’s sidebar. (Look to the upper-right of this page.) This link takes to to the Zoom Downloads Page; just click on the button labelled “Zoom client for meetings” and then run the installer that is downloaded to your computer.
See you on-line!
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If you are meeting with us remotely, here is a link to the
You want the button labelled "Zoom Client for meetings."
Note that the software is free for small groups (which includes us)!