About Online Learning

Technology Requirements

Tutoring, One-on-One Classes, Parent Review

  • Computer with a camera and microphone
  • High-speed internet
  • Skype (free to download and use)
  • A Gmail address so that you can use Google docs (Gmail and Google docs are free.)
  • Successful technology trial run with Mrs. Norris before first session

Tutor-by-Email

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Email address

Online FAQ

Why are all your services offered online?

Everyone is busy. The last thing we want is to drive one more place for one more thing. With online sessions, there is no need for driving, no need for timing rides, no need for even less time at home. Instead, you or your student can meet with an instructor from the comfort of your own home and at the same time receive excellent instruction. Meeting online also makes it easier to schedule times that work well for my students.

Isn’t it harder to connect with your students online?

It can be more difficult to connect with students whom I see only via a screen. However, I have found that quality video interfacing helps overcome this challenge. Also, I am very intentional about connecting with my students and about demonstrating myself to be someone that you and your student can trust with school work and academic questions.

Won’t you need to see your students’ work as they are working on it?

It is often ideal for instructor and student to be looking at the same materials or notes at the same time, and the online format can make this difficult. In response, I have several solutions. First, Google docs provides an excellent platform for shared work. Second, students are required to submit all relevant handouts and documents to me via email before each session. Third, some resources are accessible online and can therefore be accessed by both me and the student at the same time.

How can you help a student with organization when you aren’t there?

My goal with instruction in organization and study skills is to teach the process and the discipline required, and I believe that I can help your student with these skills, even online. It is true that an in-person presence could help with accountability, but I depend on parent support in this area.

Will you tell us if you don’t think online is a good fit?

Online instruction has many benefits, but it may not work for everyone. If I think that I will not be able to serve you well online, I will let you know.