Many people tend to be skeptical about the viability of online GMAT tutoring (I myself was before I learned how to do it properly), but when it is done correctly online GMAT tutoring is as effective as in-person tutoring. Over the years I have worked with students from all over the world, including on 5 different continents and from more than 15 different countries. What is most surprising, however, and what speaks most to the efficacy of online tutoring is that I have also had a number of students from New York who could have met with me in person, but chose the convenience of online tutoring instead.
The interface that I use for online GMAT tutoring is extremely dynamic. There is a shared whiteboard that allows both me and the student to write on the screen and share documents, which we can then mark up as well. I have everything that I use in live sessions saved digitally so I am able to instantly load in Official Guide questions, strategy sheets, even practice test questions so that we can look at it all together and work directly on the screen. All of the whiteboards and shared documents can be saved as PDFs and the sessions can even be recorded so that my students can go back and review everything that we covered. In this regard online tutoring actually offers some advantage over in-person sessions.
“Most people come away from the first session both surprised and amazed at how effective online tutoring actually is and often tell me that it felt like I was sitting right next to them during the meeting.”
The biggest drawback of online tutoring, though one that is surmountable, is that when it comes to Math I am sometimes not able to see what a student is writing. I use a tablet device so I can write directly on the screen and most of my students do the same, but some students choose not to get a tablet and in those cases I cannot see what they are writing (at least not in real time….they can of course pick up their paper or notebook and flash it in front of the camera). However, that is rarely an issue because I know all of the questions so well (and I usually know my students pretty well too) so I have a good idea of what they might do even before they do it. And I will usually ask my students to just tell me what they are doing as they work so that I can write it on the screen. This is not really an issue for Verbal since my students and I are generally looking at the questions together on the shared whiteboard and whatever little writing they might do (for example, underlining things or crossing out wrong answers) is very easy to do even without a tablet.
Over the years I have had very few clients try online tutoring and think it was not effective. Usually at some point even the students that I tutor locally in New York end up doing some sessions with me online (when a situation arises that prevents us from meeting in person) and often that leads to further online meetings because they realize that it is so convenient and basically equivalent to meeting in person. And for the clients who I meet only online, most people come away from the first session both surprised and amazed at how effective online tutoring actually is and often tell me that it felt like I was sitting right next to them during the meeting.