I have chosen online lessons because I have found them to be convenient and effective in many cases. I have, however, met with some students in person when their parents have made the request. If you would like to set up in-person lessons, we may be able to make that work.
- 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
Why are 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.
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 online lessons are not the best fit, I will let you know, and we can discuss the possibility of in-person lessons.