Online GMAT prep allows people outside of my immediate location to access my work. That's a good thing for everyone: more options and maybe better options than you would have where you live. There are lots of opinions out there about whether online GMAT tutoring is a good idea and here's mine: there are pros and cons to every scenario. The most important thing is that my students have had really great results with online GMAT prep.
A few more things that are great about online GMAT prep:
1. The virtual white board! I wish that I had a virtual white board when teaching classes or private tutoring. I wish that I could erase the entire board with a click or take a screen shot and send it to students. This is a big time saver and lets my students take away formulas, diagrams, or whatever is necessary from the session.
2. Screen capture. You can record the online GMAT prep sessions and go back to them later in case you missed something. You can rework all of the practice that we do together step by step at your own pace. This a great feature of online GMAT prep.
3. Shared resources/Shared screen. When doing online GMAT prep I can share any resources from my computer with you and vice versa. Of course we can share a book or both look at the same computer/ipad screen in an in-person session but each having our own screen does make things a bit smoother. Not to mention we can mark up the materials using our comment tools.
4. Online GMAT prep is efficient. No travel time (This can really add up).
Obviously I think that online GMAT prep is a pretty good thing. Do I think online GMAT prep is better than an in-person GMAT session? That really depends. A great teacher is a great teacher regardless of the medium. Would I recommend doing online GMAT prep over an in-person GMAT prep. Absolutely. It really comes down to the quality of the class/teacher not whether the session is online or in person.
What makes online GMAT prep go smoothly:
1. A solid internet connection using an Ethernet cable rather than a wireless connection. www.speedtest.com to check your internet connection.
2. A headphone/microphone combo makes your sound so much clearer and keeps out extra noise. Make sure that it is compatible with your computer (there are USB sets which work pretty well).
3. A graphics tablet can really add to the experience so that you're not mousing around. Nothing fancy. A cheap Wacom off of amazon will work great.
4. Downloading and testing the video conference software before the session to make sure that it is running properly on your computer. Most software has a wizard which will test your audio/video settings and get you all set up automatically. Some video conference software gets grumpy if you have any other software using your audio or video on your computer so shut down itunes, google chat...
Not everyone is comfortable (initially) with doing online GMAT prep but beyond that initial awkwardness I have seen great results. If you are thinking about doing online GMAT prep but are a bit unsure if it is for you then give us a call so we can figure out the best way to move forward. BTW - here is an excellent post on online GMAT prep over at GMATninja.