Online Tutoring Writing Tools

Online tutoring writing tools come in various forms: interactive online whiteboard for sharing your work; method for posting your questions; and the actual writing of your work.

As for your online interactive whiteboard, you can use Ziteboard. I’ll send you a link immediately before your free onboarding session. That way, you can learn how to use your online interactive whiteboard during your onboarding session. In real time, we’ll be collaborating on your math problems.

For Ziteboard to work well for you, you’ll want a touchscreen of some type. A touchscreen laptop works fine, as does an iPad or other tablet. Your best option, though, is a Wacom Tablet so that you have a dedicated writing tool. The wired Wacom is better than the wireless as there is no lag. But, if you have a gaming rig or comparable desktop, the wireless Wacom is fine. Just be sure you have the processing speed so there is no lag.

The beauty of Ziteboard is that you can refer to your notes on any device at any time. So, right before your test, you can scroll through your phone to see how you solved that one math problem. Or, see the diagram and equation so you know how to set up the one FRQ on your test.

Posting Your Online Math Questions As A PDF

Nowadays, youíre likely working on a partially, if not fully, online math class. The beauty of this is that you can take a screenshot of your questions and post them to your board. As we work through them, I can point out ways you can be more efficient or clear up your process questions. 

Showing me your work reveals your math mechanics and how we can improve those. The more work you show, the easier it will be to improve your math skills. 

If you have a PDF of your problem set, you can post those, too. Itís quite easy and will take about 30 seconds. The beauty is that you can post your questions before your session. That way, once we start your online math tutoring session, we can hit the ground running.

Taking A Pic Of Your Online Math Questions Using A Mac

For a Mac, just make sure your problem or problem set is showing. Then, press Shift-Command-4. This will open a rectangle on your screen. You can configure the rectangle around your desired area. Once you complete the rectangle, the image will likely show for a moment in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. If your Ziteboard is open, you can click and drag your image onto your board.

Otherwise, you click on the Ziteboard image posting icon and select your image from your desktop.

After youíve done this, your problem should show up on your board. And youíre ready to roll.

Online Tutoring Writing Tools Native To A PC

Snipping tool is already embedded in your computer!

Snipping Tool is native to all PCs. It might not be on an icon on your desktop. If not, Select START and type snipping tool. Then, select it in the search results.

Online Math Tutoring
Finding Your Snipping Tool

To make a new snip, click on new. For the sake of this example, select rectangular snip. Only when you want to do a full-screen snip would you select Full-screen snip.

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Using Snipping Tool

Once you select your rectangular snip, make the rectangle enclosing the space of your online math question or questions. Then, use save and copy to save and copy it to your clipboard. It works very much like a Mac image snip (using Shift-command-4). So, for more information on how it would work, please check the Mac video above. 

The major difference will be that your snip will either be saved to your desktop or clipboard. From there, you can select it from the Ziteboard image posting icon to post it to your board.

The Best Online Tutoring Writing Tools Can Help You!

These aforementioned online tutoring writing tools can help you tremendously. By using them, you’ll make your entire online learning experience a lot easier. If you’re lucky, your instructor will accept what you write on your ziteboard as work. You can either print it out, take a screenshot, or email an image file to your instructor.

If you happen across a better set of online writing tools, please let me know.

Good luck in your academic endeavors!


By Martin

Martin McSweeney is a National Merit Finalist, Pomona College Graduate, and member of MENSA. He has worked at the Center for Talented Youth (Loyola Marymount University campus); Upward Bound (Harvey Mudd campus); various test prep companies; and Whittier High School. Now, Martin helps students of all abilities improve their relationship with math.