How it works - For Students

Getting your equipment

The webtutornet equipment case

Once registered as a user of you will be sent your equipment. This comprises of a:

  • headset
  • webcam
  • pen shaped mouse
  • mouse mat
  • carrying case

Once you have received your equipment, using the site to learn could not be easier.

Searching for a topic and a tutor

Firstly search for the topic you are interested in using the tuition topics drop down menu or the search box.

Once you have found what you are looking for you will see a list of potential people who can help you. Each registered tutor / teacher / trainer has a profile which you can access to assess their suitability for your needs. This includes information about the tutor’s background, experience and the cost per hour for that particular tutor; each tutor sets their own hourly rate.

Booking and paying for a lesson

In addition each tutor has a diary where you can view their availability. Each diary is divided into twenty-four one hour slots for each day of the week. Tutors make themselves available for whichever times they choose.

Find a time or times that suit you and simply click on the slot to provisionally book the lesson. This generates an email to the tutor who then has the choice to accept or reject the request. Once a tuition request has been accepted, an email to that effect is sent back to you, the student, confirming the lesson. The lesson must then be paid for using our online payment system. Once payment has been received the tutor receives confirmation.

You then have the opportunity to send the tutor a message outlining what you are looking for in the lesson itself. This allows the tutor to prepare in advance. For example, if the lesson were to be GCSE Mathematics you might tell the tutor the Examination Board you are studying (for UK based students) and the subjects / topics you are struggling with.

The lesson itself

At the allotted time both tutor and student logon to the system and then enter the lesson environment.

Within the lesson environment the tutor and student can both see and hear each other. 

An online tutor lesson with

The audio is exchanged using the headset provided following registration. The video images can be supplied by the special camera, by a built in or per-owned webcam or more likely by a combination of the two.

The camera has been specially designed not only to deliver video images of the student or teacher but also to be used as a teaching tool. By securing the camera to a flat surface using the suction cup the camera head can be bent over with its unique extra long flexible neck. This can then be used as a notepad where either student or teacher or both can simply write beneath the camera lens to produce live images of what they are writing. This might be used for subjects such as mathematics where writing expressions or equations is far easier with pen and paper than with a typing tool.

Either party can swop between more than one camera if they so desire. Perhaps some of the lesson might be delivered using the supplied camera and the rest with a built in webcam. Images can also be made larger or smaller depending on preference; the choice is yours.

Shared Desktop

Also within the lesson environment is the shared desktop. As a registered user of the system each tutor and student will have the ability to upload documents for use when taking part in a lesson. This can be done at any time; not only during the lesson. During a lesson the documents are stored in two separate folders on the desktop and can be opened and altered by both parties.

Within the shared desktop are several programmes which can be used by both parties. Most programmes' functionality will be familiar to users, however we have also included a programme called Xournal which allows users to annotate pdf documents and save the changes they make. This is particularly useful when used in conjunction with the special mouse, also supplied to users. This mouse is used like a pen. For example, users can write on top of examination papers and then save the annotations; a very useful tool.

The tutor and student interact live using all of these tools for the one hour duration of the lesson. All documents created or changed can be saved and stored by either or both parties.

The whole experience of learning using is like having a tutor in your own home whenever you want to learn something.

Lesson audio and video archive

The audio and video streams of all lessons are recorded and stored by for seven days following the lesson.

Recording the lessons gives added security and allows students or parents to watch back or monitor lessons.

Following the lesson students have the opportunity to answer a few short questions regarding their experience.

Security and privacy

At no point do the student or tutor have access to each other's computers. Lessons take place on a remote desktop allowing to monitor all content.