Top 10 Software Tools for Teaching and Learning Maths with an Online Tutor

More and more parents are turning to online tutoring to give their children the best start in life. It’s convenient, flexible and lets you access the most talented tutors the UK has to offer – regardless of where you live. What’s more, rapidly developing technology means that online lessons —particularly online maths lessons —  are better than ever. Gone are the days of dodgy internet connections and blurry video chats. Now, online maths tutors have drawing tools, graph software and virtual whiteboards at their fingertips.

Here is a selection of the top ten pieces software for maths tutors out there at the moment.

 

1) WizIQ

WizIQ

Features:

WizIQ is a cloud-based education platform specifically targeted at tutors and is equipped with a high definition virtualclassroom, an online whiteboard and real time messaging. It also lets tutors create multimedia tests and keep track of their students’performance with course related analytics. It’s particularly popular with GCSE and A Level students, who can access the content created by their tutor via an app.

Price:

Prices start from $20/month and are billed annually.

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

2)WebEx

webex

Features:

WebEx is a Cisco product designed for meetings and conferences. It has functions which let tutors draw, type, share their desktop screens and add in files, as well as having an online whiteboard. Tutors can also record meetings, which is invaluable if a student is stuck on a topic and wants to replay a lesson. Because Webex is not specifically targeted at tutors, it doesn’t have a graph function and tutors must invite students to each lesson, which can be arduous. On the whole, however, this is a reliable and easy to use teaching tool.

Price:

Starter pack (maximum three people per meeting) free, Premium 8 –£15/month, Premium 25 –£30/month, Premium 100 – £49/month

Restrictions:

Webex is unavailable in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

3)  Zoom

zoom

Features:

Zoom is a remote conferencing service and has a host of features including video calls, voice calls, screensharing and webinars. Users have praised it for its reliability and its excellent video connection calls rarely drop out. Like WebEx, it is not specifically designed for tutors, but the quality of the video connection means it well worth using.

Price:

There are a number of price tiers but the basic”package –which allows users unlimited 1-to-1 meetings and 40 minute group meetings — are free.

Basic free, Pro — $14.99/month, Business — $19.99/month, Enterprise — $17.99/month

Restrictions:

Zoom cannot be used in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and (temporarily) in the United Arab Emirates.

4) Bitpaper

BitPaper

Features:

Bitpaper is a collaborative whiteboard created by tutors for tutors. It is browser based which means users don’t have to install the program on their computer, saving much needed space. Its interface is plain and simple, so is often more appropriate for older students – perhaps those doing their GCSEs or A Levels –  than those studying for the 11+ or the 13+. Bitpaper allows tutors to creates unlimited whiteboards and each one has unlimited space. Whiteboards are essential when it comes to teaching maths, and with this software tutors are free to draw graphs and shapes, and can write out equations and arithmetic with ease.

Price:

Free

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

5) Scribblar

scribbler

Features:

Scribblar resembles Bitpaper in that it is a virtual whiteboard. It also offers chat and audio, so tutors dont have to use two pieces of software at once. A number of prestigious teaching establishments, such as the University of Cambridge and Harvard University use it, but it is also suitable for younger students. Unlike Bitpaper, however, it is not free.

Price:

Starter – $14/month, Standard – $24/month,  Premium – $39/month, Pro – $69/month

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

6) MyTutoring

myTutoring

Features:

MyTutoring is an online tutoring solution platform. It comes with an interactive whiteboard, audio and video communication, instant messaging and a document and screen sharing feature. Unlike a lot of software, it lets tutors choose colours and design a logo, so it is more attractive and fun for young students. Whether someone is teaching one student or multiple students at a time, MyTutoring is a great place to do it. However, compared to much of the software on offer, it costs a lot per month to use.

Price:

$29/month for private tutors.

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

7)  Skype

Skype

Features:

Whether you need to carry out a video meeting or an audio call, Skype can be relied upon to do the job. Although it does not have the bells and whistles of the other software, many students will know how to use it and will probably already have it downloaded on their laptop. Whats more, its reliable and the video quality is typically good. When it comes to maths tuition, Skype is best used in conjunction with a program like Bitpaper or Scribblar, as many tutors will want to write as they teach.

Price:

Free

Restrictions:

Skype cannot be used in Bangladesh, The United Arab Emirate, Morocco, Saudi Arabia or China.

8) Tutor Trove

tutortrove

Features:

When it comes to online maths tuition, Tutor Trove is a hidden gem. The software comes with an automatic graphing function –users simply type in an equation and a graph is plotted – a virtual whiteboard, drawing tools, voice chat and instant messaging. It also automatically saves work and, like MyTutoring, lets tutors customise their platform. The only snag is that Tutor Trove does not have a video chat function. However, this can be remedied by using it in conjunction with a program like Skype.

Price:

Free 30 day trial. After that tutors pay per lesson.

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

9) TalentLMS

TalentLMS

Features:

Talent LMS is a cloud-based learning management system aimed at private tutors and school teachers. One fantastic feature is that the program lets tutors build elearning courses from scratch – that means they can craft powerpoint presentations, videos and notes for all their students. A simple analytics function also lets tutors keep on top of how their pupils are progressing and an automatic marking feature is available if desired. Finally, there is an integrated video conference function, so tutors can interact with their pupils face-to-face using the same software.

Price:

Up to 5 users and 10 courses is free. After that prices begin from $29/month, billed annually.

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

10) Wacom Tablet

Wacom Tablet

This final suggestion isnt a piece of software, but it is still a great tool for tutors to use. Wacom tablets are often used by illustrators but are also very handy for maths tutors, who often need to draw shapes or quickly write down mathematical symbols. The tablet comes with a battery-free pen (and replaceable plastic nibs) and has excellent sensitivity, so writing is guaranteed to be crystal clear. Although it is no use on its own, it helps tutors make the most of interactive whiteboards like Bitpaper and Scribblar.

Price:

Starts from around £70.

Restrictions:

Available to use in all countries.

ProductVirtual classroomOnline whiteboardVideo callInstant messagingVoice callGraph functionScreen share
WizIQ
webex
zoom
BitPaper
scribblar
myTutoring
Skype
tutortrove
TalentLMS
Wacom Tablet

For more information and opinions on online tutoring, take a look at these two useful articles:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36461191

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/10-ways-online-maths-tutors-better-in-person-help/

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