In the recent years online tutoring has come as a major, & handy, tool for students and teachers to learn new things faster, easier and in a way that is convenient to the student.
Imagine this, a student who is not able to understand a topic leaves a message online, on websites such as TutoringServices.com, saying that even after repeated sessions he's not able to grasp a topic and requires an on-demand or scheduled online session wherein he wants to completely understand the topic will all the ins & outs of the topic. The student gets deals from various teachers who may be located locally to him or to the distant parts of the globe. The student finalizes a teacher depending on various criteria such as will the tutor revise the topic at a future point of time or will he be able to clear my doubts upto the nth time and so on.
The online tutor uses tools such as GTalk, MSN Messenger, Skype or Yahoo Messenger to clear the doubts of the student on the conditions decided and at a time that is convenient to the student. There have been times when videos are already uploaded on sites such as Tutoring-Online.com which the students may watch & clear their doubts.
Sessions may also be done through proprietary applications which include chat, video conferencing, web conferencing, whiteboard or other specialized applets which make learning easier.
Online Tutoring is gaining grounds due to the ease of being able to connect to a tutor or student at a moment's notice whenever the help is sought and it's specially effective at the times of tests such as school tests, GMAT, GRE, SAT, etc. which are scheduled the other day and the student is stumped on a topic.