When you’re struggling to grasp a concept in school, a lot of people will tell you to visit your professor during office hours. However, a lot of the time, the reason students struggle to grasp what their professors are saying is because that teaching style simply doesn’t resonate with them. Sometimes, having someone explain the same material in a fresh way is all it takes to get the information to “click.”
It’s always a great idea to schedule a study session with students from your class that seem to understand the subject matter better than you do. But what do you do if you’re taking college classes online? One great resource is online tutoring – and there are, surprisingly, a lot of reliable sites to get it.
InstaEDU is a site through which you can hire tutors by the minute. Get tutored in anything from geography to program – all you have to do is input the specifics of what you need help with and you’ll be matched to a personalized tutor who is best suited to help you. Typically, the tutor will be available immediately and you can text chat, video chat, and communicate via a digital whiteboard. You can even upload your homework material so that you can both be looking at the same document.
HelpHub is another tutoring on demand service with thousands of college-educated tutors who specialize in all different subjects. Again, this is a pay-as-you-go, no-commitment site that allows you to chat with tutors for free so you can get to know them and decide if they’re right for you before you pay. If you find a tutor to be particularly helpful, you can schedule recurring sessions with him or her so that you can get help throughout the semester.
Home to 200,000 teachers, WizIQ is slightly different from the aforementioned tutoring resources. On this site, you can take pre-recorded classes to learn more about a topic that interests you or for supplemental learning. Alternatively, you can enroll with a private teacher for classes and/or tutoring sessions. This site allows teachers and professors to “run tutoring businesses,” so prices vary depending on what that teacher wants to charge.
Finally, there’s eAge, which is a digital tutoring service for non-native English speakers or those who would like to learn public speaking skills. It focuses primarily on vocabulary, comprehension, communication, grammar, and writing so that you can learn to better communicate – which is one of the most important skills in todays world.