I currently home school Miss Whaleoil who is 16. Being an ex English and History High School teacher I can assist her with most of her subjects but her current level of Maths is well beyond my understanding. She uses the ACE curriculum for Maths, Science, Etymology and Business Math which is student directed learning that I am able to supervise after completing ACE Supervisor training.
To pass a test in ACE you have to score at least 80% before you are allowed to progress to the next level. If you fail you have to redo the entire unit of work so it is crucial that you understand the topic thoroughly before you progress from the checkup to the self test and then to the final Pace test for the unit of work.
Last week for the first time Miss Whaleoil was unable to fully understand the examples provided to help her understand how to correctly complete some very complex equations in her Algebra pace. What she needed was help step by step to see where in the equation she was going wrong. Hiring a Maths tutor once a week for 1 hour will not solve the problem as she does math every day and needs to be able to ask for help when she needs it.
Google to the rescue.
Did you know that for $19.99 a week she can have online live help from a tutor anytime? We tried it today and she live chatted the tutor. They were able to work on an equation together on a virtual whiteboard. She wrote a part and the tutor wrote a part. How cool is that? An expert on tap when she needs them for $19.99 a week. She can even select tutors who specialise in certain types of math eg algebra. The tutor she initially chose from a photo referred her to another who understood this particular type of Algebra. The website I have linked to has tutors for 40 different subjects! You get access to all 40 for one weekly charge. This is a fantastic business model for the consumer and I hope also for the tutors who can work their own hours to suit from home. With the ability to help from another country because of the time zone differences, 24/7 availability is possible.
The internet really is amazing. Our world had been expanded so that a girl in New Zealand can get help from a Tutor in America.