To access your link for online tutoring, please click on the master link located on the top of the page.
You will then find Upcoming Classes.
Locate your tutoring day, child’s name, and enter the class. You can only enter the class 10 minutes before the scheduled class time.
Only one page is posted at a time, so if it is Monday and your child is being seen on Wednesday, you will not see your link yet. As the tutoring classes take place, your child’s name will move up the list.
*Please note that all the links will have Angela Baird as the tutor, but you will have your designated tutor at the time of your class.
Online Information and Policies - Please Read
About the Online Program
We are using a program that is specifically designed for tutors/teachers (LearnCube). Unlike other programs like Skype and Zoom that only permit whiteboard use, our program allows us to upload documents to the program, so that at the time of tutoring your child can work on an actual document. In addition, you can download the work they have done online as well as download any homework assigned. We have found that strictly using a whiteboard, especially for younger children, is not enough to hold their attention or teach them the materials in the most effective way.
LearnCube is a virtual online classroom that is conducted in real time and allows the tutor and student to see each other and speak to each other.
How to Prepare for Classes
You need access to a laptop, computer, iPad or tablet. The device needs to have a microphone built in along with a web cam. Please note that older laptops, computers, iPads or tablets may not support all the PDFs we use in the classroom.
You also need to have the following Internet requirements:
Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser.
Log in before your set time to ensure that your camera, mic, etcetera are in working order before class begins.
All students up to Grade 5 must have a small whiteboard along with the appropriate markers and an eraser (larger eraser…not the eraser on the back on the marker, as it is too small and takes the students a long time to erase their work). Grade 6+ students, who can fully manipulate the online tools, do not need to have a whiteboard.
Your child must work in a space that is quiet. Background noise is amplified at my end, making it difficult to tutor. In addition, the noise is distracting for your child. I cannot emphasize this point enough. If you cannot provide a quiet environment for your child to learn and for the tutor to teach then we do not recommend online tutoring for your child.
We do understand that there will be some background noise from time to time as we are all at home, but having your child set up in the kitchen while you are cooking or taking phones calls while your child is tutoring or receiving visitors, et cetera, it too disruptive to both the child and tutor.
Please Note: If your child wears a headset during class, this will definitely help block out the background noise in your home. However, it does not block out the background noise for the tutor. Therefore, the student must still be in a quiet space.
Ensure your child has a pencil and some paper available to work out math problems. Of course, younger students can use their whiteboard. Also, as we often play interactive games (more so for the younger students), please ensure your child has some dice available.
Your child must also be sitting at a desk or table ready to work. Lying on the couch or floor or sitting on the floor does not create a productive working environment for your child.
If a parent is in the room with the child, in order to help the child navigate the program, parents must remain silent unless they are addressed by the tutor. Your child will look to you for answers or guidance because you are who he/she looks to for approval, but it is important to leave the tutoring to us. Even if your child is getting frustrated, is restless or seems unfocused, let us deal with it. Disciplining your child during tutoring or trying to get your child to think quicker by reiterating what the tutor has said only creates self-esteem issues with your child, leading to a lowering of confidence. Of course, it is best if you do not have to be the room.
Treat the class as if you are not there, as would be the case if we were tutoring in person.
IMPORTANT: If you notice that your child is restless or not paying attention, pleasedo not reprimand your child after class. By doing this, you are actually creating a negative tutoring experience. Any behaviours that Tutor Tots feels needs to be addressed, will be addressed with you. Often times what looks like inattentive behaviour to the parent is just the child releasing some anxiety, so the child seems tuned out, preoccupied or restless. For other children, there is a difference in the brain that affects focus. Children who are perfectionistic will also appear tuned out or might exhibit avoidance when things are tough because their brains are trained to do everything perfectly. Consequently, you need to let the tutors address the situations and correct the behaviours that need to be corrected because not all the behaviours need correction. Some of them are necessary for the child to destress. If you reprimand your child after class, you are not only creating a negative tutoring experience for your child, but you are also undoing any progress the tutors are making to help your child with their anxiety, stress, low self-esteem or perfectionistic tendencies. Again, treat online learning as if your child was in the classroom. Their homeroom teacher at school does not report to you on everything about your child and neither do we because it's just not necessary. As mentioned, if something needs to be addressed or there is a major concern, you will be contacted.
If your child is young and needs help navigating the program, it is imperative that you be in close proximity to your child, so that your child does not have to look for you every time he/she needs help.
If we are tutoring two siblings at the same time, they must be in separate rooms to avoid the distraction of the background noise.
Please send any homework assigned from Tutor Tots or schoolwork to Angela prior to your child’s class. You can send the homework or schoolwork through pictures or creating PDFs (preferable). If there are several pages, please try to amalgamate the pages into one PDF.
Send the pictures or PDFs to Angela firstname.lastname@example.org. On occasion, you will be asked to directly submit these to your tutor with a copy to Angela. You can also drag and drop PDFs and pics into the classroom yourself. Students can also screen share.
For all math students, it is the responsibility of the parents (or students, if they are older) to text Angela the morning of your scheduled class to tell Angela what your child is learning in math. This will ensure that we get the proper resources uploaded onto the program before your child’s class. The program does not have the capacity to store all resources, so we must upload as we go along. Text: 416-433-4863. You can also email Angela at email@example.com with any pictures or PDFs of the math work that needs to be addressed during the class.
Your tutoring time has been set aside for you. Please record the day and time in your calendar. You will not get reminders from Tutor Tots. This time mustbe treated as if your child is in the classroom. If you have company over or you go to someone else’s house, your child must be in a quiet area to tutor, sitting at a table or desk. Your child must have all of his/her supplies for the class, including a whiteboard.
We understand that online tutoring means that parents have more responsibility to have their child prepared for class. However, online tutoring also means you have less responsibility in other areas, such as getting your child to his/her class and back home, getting your child dressed and ready to go to class (especially in the wintertime), lugging other siblings (who cannot stay home on their own) to the child's class, ensuring your child has his/her schoolwork packed for review by a tutor, finding a parking spot, and spending time in a waiting room for 45-60 minutes waiting for your child's class to finish.
Please note that failure to have your child prepared for class and situated in a quiet area will result in cancellation of the class with no make up class and no reimbursement of fees for that class. Failure to prepare your child for class means that the tutors cannot adequately tutor and your child cannot adequately learn, leading to less than optimal results.
In addition, tutors will only remain online for 15 minutes for a 60 minute class, 10 minutes for a 45 minute class, and 5 minutes for a 30 minute class. After this time, the class will be closed and considered a No-Show with no make up class provided and no reimbursement of fees.
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
Online Supply List
Please make sure your child has the supplies required for their grade level and subjects being tutored.
whiteboard whiteboard markers whiteboard eraser coloured pencils lined paper calculator
pencils eraser any resources requested by the tutor dice
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