The Best Tools & Resources For Online Tutoring

By Dan Solt
October 31, 2023

Over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the importance of online education. Online schooling and tutoring have made it possible for students who live around the country to stay on track. Virtual tutoring has allowed people to offer their time and skills to help kids who need it the most.

While tutoring online is more accessible than ever, it also comes with some new challenges. Without the in-person interaction that traditional tutoring offers, it can be difficult to keep students engaged and motivated. Luckily there are a number of tools that can make connecting and working with students much easier. At Learn To Be, we've been tutoring students around the country virtually for years. Through our experience, we have found a few of the best online tutoring tools that can help level up your tutoring sessions.

Math Resource: The Math Learning Center

The Math Learning Center provides a collection of learning tools to help tutors teach math by offering a variety of apps and lessons for a variety of grade levels. Some of the resources offered include:

  • Strategies to help students develop problem-solving skills
  • Activities and worksheets for each grade level to practice math problems
  • Illustrated stories that visually explain elementary math concepts

Reading Resource: Funbrain

Funbrain features a variety of interactive books, games, and videos that help children K-8 develop and improve their reading skills. It is a great tool to use with students who enjoy an interactive learning experience. On Funbrain you can find:

  • A wide selection of interactive books covering different genres and reading levels
  • A variety of games and activities designed to improve reading skills, including spelling games and word puzzles
  • Printable worksheets for tutors to use for practice during a session 

Writing Resources: Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors is an online education platform that offers personalized learning for students of all ages. Their English Teacher resource is designed specifically to help students improve their writing skills. Some great features of their English Teacher resource include:

  • A comprehensive writing curriculum that covers a range of topics, from basic grammar and sentence structure to advanced writing techniques 
  • Engaging and interactive writing exercises and activities that are designed to help students develop and practice their writing skills
  • Tools such as writing tips and strategies, writing prompts, and sample essays

Worksheets: is an educational website that provides a wide range of resources for students and tutors. The website provides a wide range of educational resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, games, and activities that are designed to engage students and promote learning. Our favorite features of the website include:

  • A collection of over 30,000 lesson plans and worksheets
  • Fun games and activities for students K-8
  • Printable worksheets for math, science, language arts, social studies, and more!

Quizzes: Quizlet

Quizlet is the go-to website for digital flashcards. The website gives you access to a wide variety of pre-made decks covering nearly every subject while also allowing you to create cards just for your students. On Quizlet you can:

  • Create custom flashcard decks with images
  • Use various study modes to learn concepts with matching games
  • Monitor students' progress and identify areas where they need additional support using Quizlet's built-in analytics and tracking tools

Teaching Materials: Canva

Canva is an essential tool for creating fun presentations, worksheets, handouts, and more. Easily design documents and materials to aid in your online teaching sessions. With a free Canva account, you can:

  • Choose from hundreds of different templates
  • Customize materials by changing text, images, and colors
  • Share materials in a link, present during a session, or shared as a PDF
  • Send an edit link to students so they can play with posters, graphics, and worksheets that you choose

Virtual Whiteboard: Ziteboard

Ziteboard is a virtual whiteboard you can use to draw ideas and display notes during a lesson with your student. With Ziteboard you can:

  • Draw out or note important concepts of a lesson
  • Collaborate with a student and have them draw on the board
  • Share whiteboard notes with students after the tutoring session
  • Prep whiteboards for a tutoring session even when you don't have WiFi with their offline whiteboards

First Session Checklist: Learn To Be

The first tutoring session with a new student can sometimes be a little nerve-wracking. If you don't know where to start, what to do, or what to ask in the first session, check out our First Session Checklist. In this Learn To Be resource you'll find a list of the most important topics to cover including:

  • How to connect with your student’s parent or guardian
  • Strategies to understand your student’s goals and objectives
  • Icebreaker questions and activities to get to know your student 
  • A team agreement that sets expectations for your tutoring sessions 

As the world continues to shift towards a more digital future, online tutoring is likely to become an even more important profession. By utilizing these resources, you can create more engaging and effective lessons, connect more meaningfully with your students, and track progress more accurately. Our tutors can tell you that having the right tools and resources to succeed is essential. So, take advantage of these tools and elevate your online teaching game to set your students up for success.

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By Dan Solt
October 31, 2023