Virtual Learning

In the online learning platforms, Cisco Webex and Zoom, the student and I see and hear each other. The student can use the built-in computer camera and microphone, or auxiliary ones. We need to see each other's face, especially the mouth. There are times when I need to see the student's hands because the student will be demonstrating multi-sensory techniques used to build multiple brain pathways. The student will move his or her hands into the camera's view at the appropriate time.

Lessons are scheduled a month in advance. Session links will be sent by email at the time I initially schedule them. Additionally, you will receive email reminders with links to the session between 30 minutes and 15 minutes prior to the session's starting time. To enter the session, you click on the "join the meeting link." Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Every session is recorded and emailed within 24 hours of the session's end. Recordings are available for approximately one week after the tutoring session date.

Every lesson follows a detailed Orton-Gillingham lesson plan which includes phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, and writing. A large percentage of every lesson is interactive and game-based. Because the student will be given rights to use the mouse and keyboard, s/he will interact directly with the material.

Some people like to work with their child between sessions, so additional materials can be provided to extend the lessons. Collaboration between the tutor and the student's teacher is encouraged to unify learning and promote success.

Arrangements can be made to have a brief meeting, whether online or in-person, to learn more about my tutoring services and to see how the student and I interact.

Billing

Monthly invoices will be sent to you by email. The invoices will contain the date of sessions and lesson contents. Payment is expected by the end of the month after receiving the invoice. Payments can be by personal check, bank check, PayPal or Zelle.

Because I am a certified teacher with certification as a specialized reading tutor, some clients have received tutoring funding from grants and specialized programs that contain local or federal government money. My tax id can be given per request if you are paying through a grant or specialized program.

Online Platforms - Webex and Zoom

In today's online environment, programs are continually evolving; therefore, I prefer the flexibility that using these two platforms offers.

Both platforms have similar features but one may work better than the other for some students. While they both support mobile and tablet use, I have found that neither mobile or tablets will work for my tutoring environment.

Cisco Webex and Zoom

The first time you click on the "Join" link in a meeting invitation, you may be required to download some platform software. If so, just follow the prompts to download and install.

Webex and Zoom have similar requirements for your computer and network connection. I have a generalized list on my Requirements page.

For a full list of requirements for Cisco Webex, see the Webex Support page for system requirements.

For a full list of requirements for Zoom, see the Zoom Support page for system requirements.

Computer Requirements

System Requirements

These requirement apply to on-line connections through Zoom or Cisco Webex.

  • An internet connection - broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone - built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

Supported Operating Systems

  • Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later
  • MacOS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) with limited functionality (Zoom version 3.6)
  • Windows 10, Windows 8 or 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista with SP1 or later, Windows XP with SP3 or later
  • Various flavors of Unix and Linux
  • We don't recommend using any kind of tablets

Supported Browsers

  • Windows: IE7+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari5+
  • Mac: Safari5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Linux: Firefox, Chrome

Recommended Processor and RAM requirements

  • Processor: Dual-Core 2Ghz or higher (i3/i5,i7 or AMD equivalent)
  • RAM : 4Gb