Polynomial Division and Benefits of Online Tutoring

Polynomial Division and the Benefits of Online Tutoring

A precalculus student recently asked me if we could work on polynomial division.

“Of course!” I said. “Long division or synthetic division?”

She replied, “Oh, we’re learning the reverse tabular method. Can we do that?”

The reverse tabular method? I had never heard of this, but with a quick google search I learned a new method of dividing polynomials, which I want to share with you all today!

This is something I love about online tutoring. Access to the internet provides so many resources. These are helpful in many scenarios, and especially when students bring some of that “new math” that is being taught in schools today. I’m able to quickly see examples of what they are talking about and teach what they are learning in school.

The Top 5 Online Math Tutor Tools

The Top 5 Online Math Tutor Tools:

Some of the products I recommend below have affiliate links. Nothing will cost you a penny extra, but I make a tiny bit of money when you purchase through my link. I only review items that I use and love, and all of these online math tutor tools will help you to become a great online math tutor!

Share a Whiteboard: Scribblar

Scribblar is one of the most important online math tutor tools in my business. With Scribblar I create “rooms” for each of my students. The “room” is a whiteboard with a unique link that has pen, highlighter, eraser, and text tools to name a few. The student and I can both see what the other is writing in real time.

What makes Scribblar stand out?

(1) An equation editor

(2) Easy uploads of jpgs and pdfs. (Usually I have the student text or email me their assignment, and then I upload it into Scribblar.)

(3) Multiple pages! You can have as many pages as you’d like in each room, and since math problems can take up a lot of room, this is super helpful.

(4) Unique links for each room. This makes it easy for each student as they just have to go to the link of their unique room at the time of our session.

(5) A feature to export PDFs of the session notes so students can have a copy of the notes after each session.

Scribblar tends to be the favorite for most online math tutors. They offer a free 14-day trial. After that, plans start at $14/month. Learn more and sign up here!

 

tablet online math tutor tools

Write on the Screen: Wacom Tablet

Before I got a tablet, I was writing out math problems on Scribblar using my computer mouse, and, well, let’s just say that it wasn’t always legible. The Wacom tablet allows you to write on the screen (via your tablet) just as you would write on a piece of paper. It’s easy to set up, and your hands (and students) will thank you. It’s a must-have online math tutor tool. I use this one (pictured above).

 

Stop Playing Phone Tag: Acuity Scheduling

One of my biggest pet peeves is playing phone or email tag, especially when coordinating a meeting time. To the rescue: Acuity Scheduling! As they say, “Never ask “What time works for you?” again. Clients can quickly view your real-time availability and self-book their own appointments—and even pay online, reschedule with a click, and eliminate 100% of the drudgery.” It’s one of the best online math tutor tools! I use it for clients to sign up for initial consultations and to sign up for one-time math tutoring sessions. (This is great for clients who have changing schedules each week, or for clients who have a weekly session time but need an extra session in preparation for a test.)

calendar online math tutor tools

What makes Acuity stand out from the crowd?

(1) The calendar. I set up my weekly availability for my tutoring sessions and consultations (you could even customize this for each type of appointment). I can set starting times for appointments or limits on the number of appointments per day. It syncs with both my iCal and Google Calendar so that I’m never double-booked.

(2) Integrations with payment. It syncs with my Square account (but also Paypal, Stripe, and a few others). I require full payment at the time of scheduling for tutoring sessions, and Acuity takes care of this as the student is scheduling! By the time I receive the notification that I have a new session, it’s already been paid for.

(3) Customizations galore! Type of appointments, how far in advance clients can schedule (for me, I prefer just two weeks), what the receipt looks like, appointment reminders, coupons or gift certificates, color schemes.

(4) Intake form. I created an intake form for my New Student Consultations. This allows me to gather some information about the student (math class, goals, Skype or Google Hangout ID, etc.) that is helpful for me to know before the consultation. In the rare occasion that the student is not a good potential fit for me, I can cancel the appointment and email the student directly.

(5) Option to embed in my website. While you can just direct clients to your acuity page, I love how slick it looks embedded in my website for Scheduling Sessions.

I pay just $10/month for the Emerging Entrepreneur plan. Learn more here and sign up for your free 14-day trial. 

 

Get Paid: Square

I’ve tried a few payment options, and Square is my favorite. Most people know it for it’s in-person swiping action for small businesses, but it also has a feature-rich online payment platform making it one of the most valuable online math tutor tools. I both use it to send monthly invoices to clients via email and to collect payment when students schedule one-time sessions through Acuity.

customer paying online math tutor tools

My favorite features:

(1) Customizable invoices and receipts that include my logo and business information. I even get to choose the color scheme!

(2) The option for customers to “save” their card. This allows me to directly bill the customer in the future instead of sending an invoice — talk about a time-saver!

(3) The ability to create “items” for my different tutoring sessions at different prices. It’s also easy to add discounts.

(4) The invoices page. At a glance I can see which invoices are unpaid and which are overdue. With a click, I can send a reminder to a client.

(5) The sales summary. I can quickly see my income for the month!

Square has rates comparable to (if not the same as) other online payment systems like Paypal. (It comes out to about 3%). Sign up with this link to get your first $1,000 in credit card sales processed for free during your first 180 days.

 

Network, Connect, & Be Supported: The Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors

Joanne Kaminski, an online reading tutor, created and facilitates the Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors facebook group. This group has been my rock as I’ve created and grown my own online math tutoring business. The members are fantastic, offering support, advice, and encouragement. Joanne facilitate online conferences which give tutors a chance to learn and meet each other.

online math tutor tools hands in a circle support

Starting an online business can be a lonely feat, and having this community to learn from and celebrate with has been a critical factor in my success. Join the Ultimate Support Group for Online Tutors here.

 

Here’s a few other online math tutor tools I love that didn’t make the top 5:

Financial

  • Wealthfront — Working for myself means that I need to set up my own retirement account. I trust Wealthfront for this and all of my investing. (Use this link to get your first $15,000 managed for free!)

Productivity

  • Dropbox is where I store notes from tutoring sessions. I make a folder for each student and share the folder with the student so they always have access.

Marketing

Audio/Video

  • Yeti – the best microphone for videos.
  • Here’s the webcam and headset I use. (Sometimes when I’m sick of using the headset or the student has really loud noises in the background, I’ll use external speakers and the Yeti.)
  • For making videos, I prefer Screenflow (or Screencastomatic if you are just starting out).
  • Videoscribe is a fun tool for creating animation videos.
  • For video calling during sessions, I prefer Skype or Google Hangouts.

Content & Math Resources

  • IXL is a site that uses adaptive learning and has thousands of questions in math, language arts, social studies, and science for all grade levels. If you sign up for a teacher account, you can manage your students’ accounts and see how they are doing in each specific skill which can help you plan for lessons.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers is a site where teachers sell their content to other teachers. I love All Things Algebra‘s algebra and pre-algebra curriculums. If you have worksheets, tests, curriculums, or activities that you want to sell, it’s easy to set up an account.
  • Finally, Krypto is the best math game! My students loved it when I was teaching. Not only that, but after I introduced it to family and friends, I find myself getting text messages of yet-to-be-solved Krypto’s and playing anytime we’re gathered together.

 

Yes, some of these are affiliate links. Nothing will cost you a penny extra, but I make a tiny bit of money when you purchase through my link. I only review items that I use and love, and all of these online math tutor tools will help you to become a great online math tutor!