Top 10 Free Online Tutoring Tools for 2012

The Internet provides a wealth of resources for teachers, tutors, and students to go well beyond classroom learning. Whether you’re a teacher preparing for tomorrow’s lecture, a professional tutor working with one or two students, or you just want to help your cousin in Alabama with some trig homework, these free tools will help you interact with your student(s) sans the confines of the classroom.

Skype with Idroo

Idroo is an online educational whiteboard used in combination with Skype. Use it with as many students or fellow teachers as you want for tutoring sessions or meetings, as the whiteboard’s “only limitations” are Internet connection speed and how fast everyone involved absorbs the material. All writing and drawing done on the whiteboard is visible to participants in real time, making it a true virtual classroom. It also allows for remote math tutoring with its professional math typing tool.

Gchat

Anyone with a gmail account can access Gchat. Teachers, tutors, and students can talk to one another in real time, as well as send and receive files instantly. Save chats for referral purposes in your gmail account, or download the Google Talk application for voice conferencing with multiple parties.

WizIQ

Teachers, students and organizations can create free accounts on WizIQ, another online education portal. Students have the option to attend online classes, download free tutorials, use free practice tests, or find teachers with certain expertise. Online classes are not free, however. Teachers and organizations can offer recorded classes through WizIQ or those in real time, create online tests, use live audio and video chat, and distribute course work in any standard format. Teachers must pay per month for this service, though WizIQ offers easy teacher payment collection from students via Paypal, wire/bank transfers, and most of the other best credit cards to have.

Scribblar

Scribblar is another real time, multi-user online whiteboard ideal for online tutoring. It offers text chat, live audio, and can be used for revising artwork or various images. It downloads super fast on any browser, and lets users download as well as upload images. Students use Scribblar for working on projects during school hours as well as for collaboration long after the school day has ended.

Google Docs

Google Docs is another super-nifty aspect of gmail as it provides the opportunity for students and teachers to create original documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and tables, then share them with each other at will. Documents automatically save your work as you go along, and you can easily insert photos and online links. Teachers and students can see each other edit the document in real-time and can chat as well.

Wikispaces

Students and teachers can use Wikispaces to post, publish, and share text, files, images, and more through its unlimited pages. Privacy settings allow you to decide if you want the whole world or just a few students in Iowa to view pages.

Wikispaces also allows you to customize pages and embed audio and video stuff in addition to images for creating assorted multimedia learning experiences.

Wallwisher

No registration is required for Wallwisher, where you can build online notice boards. Ideal for teachers as it is perfect for making announcements, such as homework assignments and test dates; the site also works well for students who want to keep track of assignments and projects. A virtual post-it note, Wallwisher works like a real notice board as it drags, drops, and re-arranges posts. It also allows you to post images and videos.

Jing

This software can save teachers and tutors from repeating the same lesson over and over. And over. Use Jing to make a narrated video lesson to use any time that also records all mouse activity, therefore saving everything you click on and show to students.

Animoto

Another tool for creating educational videos, Animoto offers teachers and tutors the chance to create presentations featuring text, music clips, videos and images. Completed videos are easy to share through email, a blog or website, YouTube, or can be downloaded for classroom use.

4Teachers

Teachers and tutors can find plenty of educational tools though 4Teachers, a site that provides resources for creating quizzes and customized rubics in English and Spanish. Some of the site’s many other resources include those for creating a classroom floor plan, writing take-home notes in Spanish and English, post online classroom calenders, and view thousands of online lessons. It also allows you to create your own lessons.

Browse these and other online tutoring tools to find one that best suits your needs!

Kent Page McGroarty is a blogger for Tutor Delphia. Find a tutor in Philadelphia for math, SAT or Spanish tutoring.

23 Comments

  1. sonu4367

    January 13, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Pretty insightful post. Never believed that it was this simple after all. I had spent a great deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only 1 that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up

  2. akrtutor

    January 13, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Very nice tips about online tutoring

  3. sarahjogold

    January 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    How about Edmodo?

    • AdamAtTutorDelphia

      January 16, 2012 at 9:10 am

      @sarahjogold Edmodo looks like an interesting resource. I haven’t used it before. It looks like it may be helpful for sharing files with students.

    • rajashree_basu

      January 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      @sarahjogold I am a fan of edmodo…use it with teachers and students……..

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    January 18, 2012 at 11:37 pm

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  9. SamanthaClark

    January 25, 2012 at 12:33 am

    All these tools are fantastic in their own right. But as far as OERs for K12 education, especially STEM subjects, is concerned I think the most pioneering work is being done by CK12 and Khan academy. Particularly CK12′s customizable standards-aligned FlexBooks, http://goo.gl/0Zozd, have been very successful in empowering teachers and students to tailor quality content to suit their needs. Khan Academy on the other hand has justifiably become the phenomenon of our times, explaining concepts in the most interactive way possible, and substituting staid lecture with fun videos.

    • AdamAtTutorDelphia

      January 25, 2012 at 1:15 am

      @SamanthaClark Khan Academy is amazing and will get even more so in the near future and CK12 also looks like an interesting resource. For this article we were mainly focusing on resources that allowed tutor to student interactivity. With Khan Academy I can monitor my students’ progress through the practice problems but I can’t assign problems, answer my students’ questions or interact with my students. As the coaching feature improves, I am sure that we will be able to at least assign videos and practice problems.

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  12. DonnaMGregg

    January 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I have certainly used most of these tools and can vouch for their ability to work well real time with students, create and collaborate with peers and aid in the tutoring process. There are many web 2.0 tools out there that do similar things and this is one of my favourite sites for using tools with students. http://bit.ly/97PH6L

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  19. mimi

    October 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    im sorry but i did not find it usefull because you had to downlode or it wouldnt work for me

  20. Dima

    November 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Very useful article but I would start it from mentioning that the best online tutoring tool is wi-fi pen) Writing anything on whiteboards with a mouse is VERY hard