The answer is … Yes !
- it is very convenient and can save you time and money.
- you don’t have to travel to your tutor.
- you can do it from the comfort of your own home, or from your office.
- you need a Skype account, webcam and microphone.
- some students use a headset, but most just use their device’s speakers.
A headset helps to make the sound quality very clear and stops echo.
With reasonable internet connection speed, you can see and hear clearly. We will test this in our first introductory meeting.
In 1-to-1 lessons, you don’t compete with other students. The focus is on you!
I have many students that use Skype – from China, Japan, South Korea, Poland and Russia, as well as locations in the USA. I currently work with time differences from 1-2 hours to 13-14 hours (Japan, Korea).
For more information about the minimum and recommended requirements for different types of Skype Video calls, please see: support.skype.com/en/faq/FA1417/how-much-bandwidth-does-skype-need?q=minimum+requirements+for+video+connection
If you have a Chase Online Banking account, click this link for more information: https://www.chase.com/online-banking/quickpay
.. you can download detailed instructions from this page.
If you have a Citi Online Banking account, click this link for more information: https://online.citibank.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=PopMoney
… I have a Chase account, but it is easy to send me payments from your Citi Popmoney account.
If you have a different bank and use on-line banking, they will have a payment capability. This generates a check that is mailed – that’s fine!
I can provide my Payment ID and address information for these services when we start lessons. Electronic payments are secure and you will have a bank record for your own records.
I believe that this policy is reasonable and I will answer any questions you have about it.
I keep a log of lessons for every student.
For studying Business English grammar, I recommend Grammar for Business, Cambridge University Press.
I always like to use real materials in lessons. Current business news articles/videos/readings – many internet sources are available:
Check the next FAQ question, or click on the Blog and Videos tabs for good examples of useful English learning websites and videos. There is also a FAQ which gives links for English language newspapers and magazines.
For writing lessons, I like to work with Google Docs. It has the advantage that both student and tutor can view/edit a document simultaneously. This is a very powerful way to review writing and discuss corrections.
This is an excellent website for practice with English tenses, conditionals, gerunds/infinitives.
The grammar rules are explained very clearly, with many examples showing form and usage.You can check your answers and also get hints for correcting errors. Also see:
You will find many more by searching “English grammar websites”.If you like video lessons, I highly recommend JenniferESL on youtube.com. She is an Amazing teacher. Jennifer also teaches pronunciation. There are many lessons. You will definitely find topics that interest you.
Some of these sites may limit the number of articles you can access without a subscription. I provided many links below, but there are more newspapers and magazines at this link:
USA newspapers listed by state: