Online tutoring works much like a regular tutor except the student does everything via their computer. Students will receive a screen name and password for signing on to their tutoring service. For some services, the student will prearrange a date and time to have their tutor available for them. Other services will list dates and times that tutors are available and for what subjects. Then students sign-up under the tutor they want. Online tutoring services use white boards, instant messaging and on occasion vocal sessions using microphones or headsets. Students will be able to work out math equations, fix writing errors or just ask simple questions during their session.
Like any online learning experience, there are things to watch out for when hiring an online tutor. Some online tutoring is free because the company does not use trained individuals. There may be a community message board, segmented by subject, which students post their questions on. Then anyone who registers with the site as a tutor can answer the question. There are no guarantees that this information is correct or valid.