With so many students taking college algebra, many times the students find themselves lacking in the necessary skills to make a passing grade. There are also high school students who now can take remedial college courses during their high school hours to gain college and high school credit hours for furthering their education.
Many times their class schedules do not coincide with tutors on campus to help them with their college algebra needs. This often creates students muddling their way through their class work without the help they need.
I know of one gentleman who I have known for almost ten years now who has started his own online tutoring Website to help students with their college algebra math needs. He works his online algebra tutoring around his own college classes and offline tutoring of high school and college math students. He has found that tutoring on and offline has earned him a nice monthly income while attending college without having to work a 9 to 5-job. His site is located at www.math101online.com/winston/141.htm. You will be able to see how he has set his website up as an example for your online college algebra tutoring service.
You can set up a website like he has done with a forum, Webpages with how to work college algebra math equations, and a chat room to have a one-on-one tutoring session with him. The cost of the website, chatroom, and a forum can range from zero dollars to a few hundred dollars depending on how many students you want to tutor at any given time.
I would suggest starting at the lower end of the spectrum for the website, chatroom, and a forum until you have enough students to warrant paying the cash out to have a professional help you with your needs.
Choosing a Webhosting and Domain Names For Your College Algebra Tutoring Business
You can start with a free or low cost webhosting site to set up your college algebra tutorial service. You can place equations from different aspects of algebra classes on your website showing students how to work them so they will have a reference to their own class work. You can also explain the steps of each equation as to why they are done they are with the actual equation on the page.
With a webhosting company, if you choose to use a free site, you will need to keep an eye on the amount of bandwidth you are using. If you find you are getting close to the maximum bandwidth for your website while setting up your pages for the college algebra information, you can easily upgrade your account. You can purchase the webhosting package by the month, 6 months or by the year at many webhosting sites.
It would be also wise to purchase a domain name for your website. Domain names can be purchased from about $10 and up depending on the site you choose to purchase from. You can purchase a domain name by the year so this will keep your start-up costs down over time. The renewal fees can be cheaper or run the same for the domain name depending on the company you decide to use.
Forum and ChatRoom for Your College Algebra Tutoring Business
While this may not be needed right away, the forum and chatroom may be something to consider adding to your tutoring service so the college students can ask you questions directly about their math problems.
You can also find forums and chatrooms to use for a low cost or for free in the beginning as well. You will need to upgrade these two items as well once you have enough students coming to your site for help with their college algebra needs.
While there are a few other things you could use to tutor your college algebra students online, starting with the basics is the way to go. You will also need to advertise your online college algebra tutoring service on college sites, learning related sites, and local schools to let students know you are available to help them. You will also need to set your tutoring prices accordingly for your students.