Getting Started with Remote Tutoring

Online Tutoring SOM

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are asking all in-person tutors to switch to remote tutoring for the foreseeable future if possible. Many of our tutors and students already meet online for various reasons, and we are confident that we have the infrastructure in place to support you through this.

The transition may not be perfect at first, but we are here with you every step of the way. Together we can continue to support our students in a truly chaotic time.

Please read on to explore our remote tutoring guide.

If you have any questions please contact your coordinator directly. If you do not know who your coordinator is please email programs@schoolonwheels.org.

Below are the steps you will need to take to successfully transition to remote tutoring with your student:

STEP 1: Understanding Your Student’s Technology Situation and Tutoring Needs

Before you get started please ask your student (or their parent) the below questions:

  • Did the school provide them with a learning packet for the break? Will the school be using distance learning?
  • Do they have access to the internet? 
  • Do they have access to a phone, tablet or laptop?
  • Are they able to communicate via video call?

If your student does not have a laptop or tablet, or they need a webcam, please contact your coordinator or email programs@schoolonwheels.org and we will do our best to get them one.

STEP 2: Choosing Your Remote Tutoring Method

Based on the answers to the above questions and your personal experience, choose the best remote tutoring option for you and your student. It may take some trial and error to find the best method for your student, but please do your best to stay calm and supportive regardless of technical difficulties.

While we recommend using the School on Wheels Virtual Classroom due to the number of benefits it offers, we want you to choose the option that is easiest for you and your student to start.

If you choose a video chat option, you will need consistent internet access and a computer with a webcam and a microphone. We also recommend having Chrome or Firefox, and using a computer with at least 2G of memory.

Please contact your Coordinator and inform them of the option you choose.

STEP 3: Preparing For Your Session

STEP 4: After Your Session

Log your hours as you normally would for in-person sessions. Under "location", please put whatever location your student is currently staying. Be sure to include any challenges or difficulties you faced in the comments so we can follow up and address if possible. Check off the "Remote Tutoring" box.

Schedule your next session.