This is an online face-to-face math tutoring service
which connects a student with a personal tutor, Sonya
Sokolow, PhD, using a web site that provides 2-way video,
2-way voice, and a shared drawing pad, for an
experience that closely resembles face-to-face tutoring.
This is not just a homework-problem-solving service, but
rather a credentialed math teacher with a doctorate in
education works with the student in a supportive
Through decades of
experience in face-to-face tutoring, Dr. Sokolow
has learned that certain principles of teaching are
essential for successful tutoring:
Dr. Sokolow's approach is explained here.
Read her resume (curriculum vitae)
- A continuing
relationship between a student and the same
tutor throughout the tutoring experience.
- The tutor must do much
than helping the student solve particular homework
- Tutor figures out what is confusing the student.
- Tutor helps student use available learning tools.
- When necessary, tutor communicates with student's
class teacher, school administrators, or parent.
- Tutor helps student learn how to solve problems, not
just how to solve a particular homework assignment.
- Good records must be kept by the tutor so that there
is continuity and
follow through from one session to the next.
- Progress notes help tutor, student, and parent.
- Notes are available online for review anytime by
those given access.
www.Vyew.com, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
by email and explain your tutoring need.
- Rate is $75/hour for tutoring by Dr. Sokolow, charged
by 15-minute increments at $18.75/increment.
- If associate tutor is available, associate tutoring
rate is half the regular rate. Associate
tutors (who are not credentialed math teachers but can
tutor math) are monitored by Dr. Sokolow.
- You will need to provide Dr. Sokolow with a copy of
the student's text book if Dr. Sokolow doesn't already
have that book in her library. This can be
done either by sending an actual paper book, or by
sending a pdf file (or eBook) of the actual text being
used, or by paying to Dr. Sokolow the cost of purchasing
the book. Please provide Dr. Sokolow with the
exact title, authors' names, edition number, publisher
name, and ISBN number of the book, all of which should
be on the book itself.
- Access to high-speed Internet.
- Computer with browser running the free Adobe
FlashPlayer (almost all computers work except very
old ones, and 98% of computers already have it installed
from the factory). You can verify that Adobe
FlashPlayer is installed by going to this link: About
Adobe FlashPlayer. It is recommended
that you install the most recent version of Adobe
FlashPlayer from Adobe's download site.
- A web cam, speakers, and microphone (or
headphone-microphone) on student's computer. (You
can test that they work in your FlashPlayer by bringing
up the FlashPlayer settings manager. Click
here for instructions on the settings manager.).
- A credit or debit card to make secure payments online
or payment by money order or cashier's check through the
- Create your free account at www.vyew.com (click here then "Sign-Up
Free"), a free Internet interactive whiteboard
with video, voice, and text chatting.
- Optional registration with Skype (instructions), a free
online voice-over-Internet phone service for speaking
with tutor if necessary outside of a tutoring session.
- Optional free Google account (instructions) to
access online progress notes and schedules.
- Optional digital input tablet with stylus, such as the
|How it works
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- One you are registered and have an appointment with
the tutor, you will go online to www.vyew.com at the
appointed time, login with your username and password,
and click on your name in the list of
"vyewbooks". This will connect you with the
screen through which you communicate with your
tutor. The screenshot below shows that page for a
- Your tutor will join the same vyewbook and will
display her video picture and start her microphone so
she can greet you. You will click on the buttons
to start your video and microphone. Then
both of you can talk and see each other as well as
seeing the whiteboard drawing frame.
- You and the tutor will be able to draw and type on the
whiteboard, where both of you see the same
images. Pictures from textbooks or web pages
can be embedded in the whiteboard pages, too.
Drawing is done with the mouse or optional tablet with
- Using your browser, you may also be instructed where
to find an online textbook and other instructional
materials, which may be used during your tutoring
session without disconnecting from your vyewbook
communcation with your tutor.
- At the end of your session, you and your tutor will
schedule your next session
appointment. Your account will be
charged for your session time. Accounting
information and progress notes will be accessible online
in a GoogleDrive spreadsheet.
How it differs from other online
- Some sites only provide interaction between student
and a computer program, not a teacher.
- Some are 24/7 sites that connect student with any
random tutor employed by the service somewhere in the
world, with no continuity from day to day.
- Most don't provide video and voice -- they are not
like being there with the tutor at your side.
- Many online tutors have little experience in teaching
and are not credentialed teachers.
- Some only answer specific math questions rather than
helping the student to help him- or herself.
- Most do not provide online progress notes and never
attempt to consult with class teacher or supportive
information about the founder and tutor.
a payment by mail, send a money order or
cashier's check or similar official check for at
least $75 as deposit toward tutoring fees to:
Dr. Sonya Sokolow
301 Highview Ct.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
a $75 payment through PayPal. (A
service charge of 3% will be included in your