Karen Berlin Ishii, One-to-One Test Prep for the ACT and SAT in New York and via Skype
As a tutor who has been working with students on test prep and homework help for many years, I've found online tutoring to offer a terrific advantage to both tutor and students. I've tried various video chat programs but have found Skype to be the best. Skype is easy, intuitive and free. It's better than Apple iChat because it's not limited to Mac users and it offers three very important teaching tools that iChat does not: easy file sharing, URL sharing, chat window and desktop sharing. Some online test prep companies boast of their fancy digital whiteboards on which they can scrawl clumsy circles or math equations in the handwriting of a three-year old. I've found the best and fastest way is old-school: using a dark magic marker or Sharpie, I write my notes and diagrams nice and big for the student and then hold the page up to the camera. It's simple, fast and does not take up any more bandwidth. That's important because internet connections will vary and nothing cramps an online lesson more than lag and frozen connections.