Online Math Tutoring: The Top 3 Sites

Published by Katie the Math Tutor on

You’re struggling with your math homework and wondering, “Who can I find to help me?” You google online math tutoring and see so many options. How do you know which one to choose?


As an online math tutor, I know that I offer my students a top-notch service. I also know that working with a private tutor like me is not desirable or feasible for everyone. Maybe you don’t want to set up a scheduled time to work with a tutor, maybe the cost is prohibitive for you, or maybe you just need something more short-term. (Or maybe you’re asking, “Who can help me with my math homework RIGHT NOW?”)

Lucky for you, I have worked with hundreds of students on three of the most popular math tutoring sites, and I come to you today with my recommendations!

Before we get into the reviews, a quick note about the set-up of online math tutoring. Most online tutoring platforms use a shared online whiteboard along with text chat, audio, and/or video. Tutors and students can write on the shared whiteboard and often upload images.

Without further ado, the recommendations for online math tutoring:

Chegg Tutors

Chegg Tutors (formerly Instaedu) is a platform with many great tutors, most of whom are college students or recently graduated. Sessions can be as long or as short as you wish, and if you find a great tutor, you can develop a relationship with him or her and request them for tutoring in the future. You can also see student reviews of each tutor, which is helpful.

The platform includes an online whiteboard with text chat and optional audio and video. Although it is set up and usually used for short sessions, longer sessions do happen. I worked with one student on InstaEDU and helped her through her College Algebra class with sessions 1-3 times per week for the duration of the semester. Sometimes our sessions lasted over two hours!

The quality of tutoring can vary greatly amongst tutors, so don’t be put off if you have one bad session. There are, in fact, many reviews so it can be fairly easy to find a great tutor! Interested in Chegg? Check out this link to get your first 30 minutes free.


Yup (formerly MathCrunch) is great for students who have a quick homework problem. Using your mobile phone, you will instantly connect with a random tutor. You then upload a photo of your math problem and have a chat box to share with the tutor. The tutor might draw on a whiteboard or show you images to help with your understanding, and you’ll be able to take additional pictures of your work as you go. Unfortunately the student has no choice in who their tutor is, but Yup uses a high quality feedback process for their students, so if you have a bad experience, it will quickly be remedied.

Math Elf

MathElf is up and coming and focuses exclusively on online math tutoring. It instantly connects you to a random tutor, but you can also schedule sessions with tutors you have had in the past, making it the best of both worlds. You use a shared whiteboard and audio via your iPad, and they send you a free pen to use with your iPad! The tutors care greatly about the students and will work diligently to help you, often collaborating in Slack to do so. The commitment of these tutors and this organization is superb.

I would like to note that MathElf is a small start-up, so at odd hours (say, the middle of the night for US time zones) there may not be any tutors available. One other limitation is that at this time you must use an iPad for tutoring.



Ready to get Started?

Do you have just five minutes? That’s enough time to get set up with any of these online math tutoring platforms! Choose the one that sounds best to you, and get going. They all offer a free trial, and that math homework isn’t going to do itself!

If you are looking for a more personal relationship with your math tutor, I recommend finding a private math tutor. You can use a search engine to find a tutor or use a site such as WyzAnt, UniversityTutor, or NextGuru where tutors have profiles listed and, often, reviews. Find one that you are comfortable with and ask for a free trial session to begin with to make sure it will be a great fit for you.

Interested in hiring me as your online math tutor? Start your application today.