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How To Get Free Online Math Tutoring From Trained Math Teaching Experts

Looking for free online math tutoring? You’ve likely come across an overwhelming array of tutoring websites that ‘answer questions online’ through instant, app-style, on-demand math troubleshooting services such as math homework help, chatbots or recorded videos.

Here, we’re going to tell you how to secure a real, live, human math tutor who will give differentiated instruction to your students, online!

This blog was written for our pilot program, which has now ended, but you can still access highly affordable online math tutoring from Third Space Learning. Register your interest to start maximizing your elementary school’s intervention strategy today! You can also explore our free math resources that complement our tutoring programs, created by our team of previous US teachers.

If you just want to speak to one of our school and administration team straightaway about the affordable online math tutoring available from Third Space Learning, fill in this form.

If not, let’s dig into how to get free online math tutoring from expert tutors who know how to get results in math.

What can you expect from free online math tutoring?

Tutoring is one of the best ways to support a student to make progress in math.

The research on the effects of tutoring has been monitored for years but has especially been researched in the aftermath of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a report from Teach for America, students have been shown to recover up to 2.5 years of math in a single academic year when tutoring is provided more than once a week, and consistently over a school year.

Online tutoring provides similar success but with greater convenience.

At Third Space Learning, we were pleased to offer free online tutoring for math in which each target student received a one-on-one lesson from a high-quality, well-trained math tutor once a week, for 6 weeks. Just because our free trial is over doesn’t mean affordable access to a one-on-one tutor has to be!

Across our programs, you can expect to see not only a measurable impact on achievement, but also an improvement in attitude, confidence, and engagement.

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How free online math tutoring works

Here at Third Space Learning, we personalize the online tutoring sessions in response to the needs of your student; no lesson experience is ever the same! Our interactive platform allows for the tutor and the student to communicate in real-time, in turn closing individual gaps and deepening understanding.

Lessons are broken down into four stages, encouraging students to move from guided to independent practice. Because our tutoring is one-on-one, you can feel confident knowing that the tutor is meeting the needs of your student, and going at a pace that’s right for them.

  • You choose which students receive tutoring
  • You choose when the students receive tutoring
  • You choose how often students receive tutoring
  • All tutors go through a strict recruitment and professional training process
  • All tutors follow grade-level programs created by US math experts
  • All tutors differentiate their instruction for their individual student

In a rush? Why not find out more about how it works?

Benefits of free online math tutoring

We’ve embraced all the benefits of math tutoring, and taken them online:

  1. Students receive individualized lessons; no wasted lesson time, no worksheets
  2. Your time is freed up by not worrying about target students; leave us to take care of their additional math needs
  3. Students are motivated by their tutors to try their best and work hard; watch as their engagement is channeled back into the classroom

Comparing Third Space Learning to other free online math tutoring

Let’s be honest, there are lots of organizations offering free online math tutoring.

Many of these are brilliant companies such as Khan Academy, working hard to support US school students just like we are. But what they’re offering is principally enhanced math homework help, rather than the one-on-one, dedicated, personalized instruction your students will receive from Third Space Learning.

Online math tutoring is more than just math homework help. This isn’t about plugging in an equation and getting assistance with a single solution, or printing out a worksheet for independent practice.

Math online tutoring is about providing students with content that will help with the fundamentals of learning different concepts. Math online tutoring is about building solid math foundations and preparing for long-term success through scaffolded learning, differentiation and verbalized reasoning.

What students say about free online math tutoring

It’s all very well hearing from us, but what do our students have to say?

“I found this lesson very useful and my tutor spoke at the right speed. I will remember a lot from this lesson.” – Emily, Third Space Learning student, age 10

“I like the lesson because I learnt new things and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed learning how to see how to place numbers on a number line” – Taylor, Third Space Learning student, age 11

“I am happy with Third Space Learning, they are helping me a lot and I’m getting better at math. My tutor is so kind and sweet. I like that she speaks so I can understand her and she is so patient.” – Olivia, Third Space Learning student, age 11

Topics your students can study with free online math tutoring

Third Space Learning has got your state math standards covered.

How? Because students are asked relevant math questions to deepen their understanding. Plus, our math lessons are created to cover all of the big math subject areas, including decimals and fractions, and move at your students’ own pace.

Our lessons are fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards. Each lesson follows the same pedagogically-informed structure to focus on refining math skills, including real-world math problems.

Let’s look at a couple of these lessons in more detail!

The 4th grade ‘Number and Operations in Base 10’ unit includes lessons on:

  • Interpreting and representing place value;
  • Comparing and ordering numbers;
  • Rounding whole numbers;
  • Adding and subtracting whole numbers;
  • Representing and multiplying 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, and 2-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers;
  • Representing and dividing 4-digit dividends by 1-digit divisors.
Example of a Third Space Learning 4th grade Common Core lesson slide on subtracting large numbers
A Third Space Learning 4th grade Common Core lesson slide on subtracting large numbers in action!

The 5th grade ‘Number and Operations in Base 10’ unit includes lessons on:

  • Interpreting and representing place value;
  • Comparing and ordering decimals to the thousandths place;
  • Rounding whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths place;
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with decimals to the hundredths place;
  • Multiplying multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm;
  • Finding whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors.
Example of a Third Space Learning 5th grade TEKS lesson slide on multiplying with the standard algorithm
A Third Space Learning 5th grade TEKS lesson slide on multiplying with the standard algorithm in action!

5 reasons why online math tutoring is beneficial

  1. Increased grade-level math knowledge

We all hope that the students in our lives are successful in math class; online tutoring can help. It’s no secret that 4th and 5th-grade math classes are packed full of new topics and ideas. Online math tutoring can be used to pre-teach these topics so that your students are ready to go when they are introduced in the classroom. Tutoring can also be used to combat the ‘summer slide’ after the holidays.

  1. Improvement of confidence and math talk

Adults are the first to admit they “are bad at math”. Online math tutoring can help your students build the confidence they need to answer questions in class and participate in discussions. Tutoring involves a lot of communication, and students get:

  • Regular prompts e.g. sentence stems
  • Feedback on successes
  • Support with challenges
  1. Problem-solving and word problems

Your student may be the best at solving equations and identifying shapes, but the second they are expected to read and analyze a word problem, they shut down.

Online tutoring can assist students with strategies and techniques that will help them conquer the dreaded ‘word problems’. This will set your students up nicely for their end-of-year exams, which are often full of word problems to comprehend.

Because online tutoring is typically in a small group, or one-on-one setting (like Third Space Learning), students feel more comfortable with asking questions and participating, over being in a classroom with 25 other students.

  1. State math standards

We’re aware that each state in the US does things a little bit differently. We’re all about making sure that your state standards are covered the way your child would learn them in their own classroom.

A lot of the free online math tutoring sites have their lessons aligned to the Common Core standards. Here at Third Space Learning, we know that not all 50 states follow the same math standards. So, we’ve created state-specific learning opportunities for those states that don’t follow Common Core, such as Texas.

  1. More individualized attention from tutors

Today, typical classrooms could have anywhere between 20 and 30 students per teacher. It can be very difficult for a math teacher to give one student a lot of one-on-one attention, especially if they’re on target and just struggling a little bit.

While group-based online tutoring with fewer students is great, tutors still have to divide their time between multiple students. We’ve found that students can only get the most individualized attention through one-on-one tutoring.

How can free online math tutoring be used at school?

Understandably, a concern that we hear from schools is time constraints.

“There just isn’t time to organize one-on-one in my school.”

However, if you choose to provide one-on-one math tuition through an external provider (like Third Space Learning), it keeps teachers free to do what they do best!

A good provider will be aware of how precious time is to a teacher. This is why teachers who use Third Space Learning one-on-one tutoring can organize a minimum of 10 hours of teaching time per week in just 10 minutes.

Third Space Learning also provides regular reports for each student so teachers can keep track of their progress; that’s one more job off the list!

Let’s take a quick look at a few of the approaches for implementing our online math tutoring in your school…

  1. During scheduled intervention period

Small group intervention time is crucial for teachers to help students fill in gaps, but we know you can only reach so many students during the given time. Online math tutoring can help with giving more students more time during this period.

Who said intervention had to be tough?

  1. After-school or before-school tutoring

Sometimes, there are more students who need tutoring before or after school than there is available staff. This can be due to staffing shortages or the need for staff to physically be somewhere else within the school.

To solve this, online tutoring only requires one teacher to monitor a computer lab while multiple students are participating in their individual tutoring sessions. It’s a win-win; fewer teachers are stretched, and more students benefit from critical extra learning.

  1. Test prep

Imagine it’s the end of the year, and you’ve identified your students’ strengths and weaknesses going into the EOY assessment. Because online tutoring can be personalized to meet individual student’s needs, you can feel safe in the knowledge that they are getting help with exactly what they need.

Who should you target with free online math tutoring?

When it comes to free online math tutoring, you should target:

  • Students who are struggling with math concepts in the current grade level
  • Students who have gaps in their learning from previous grade levels

That being said, all students can benefit from free online math tutoring. Tutoring can also be presented as enrichment for students to stretch their learning in different ways and prepare them for middle school.

Free online math tutoring FAQs

Where can I get math help online free?

To get math help online for free, explore Third Space Learning’s expertly created and pedagogically grounded library of free resources. These resources also support our affordable one-on-one math tutoring programs for fourth and fifth grade to consolidate learning.

What is the best math tutor online?

The best math tutor online is the tutor who is best qualified and trained to teach math according to a student’s needs. Third Space Learning recruits and trains all online math tutors to become the best they can be. These tutors can address gaps in learning, adjust the pitch and pace of the lesson, encourage math talk, develop problem-solving skills, and build confidence in a low-pressure environment.

Do you have students who need extra support in math?
Give your fourth and fifth grade students more opportunities to consolidate learning and practice skills through personalized elementary math tutoring with their own dedicated online math tutor.

Each student receives differentiated instruction designed to close their individual learning gaps, and scaffolded learning ensures every student learns at the right pace. Lessons are aligned with your state’s standards and assessments, plus you’ll receive regular reports every step of the way.

Programs are available for fourth grade and fifth grade, and you can learn more about how it works here.

Christi Kulesza
Christi Kulesza
Third Space Learning
US Math Specialist & Author
Christi has 10 years of elementary education experience in both the general education and special education classrooms. She is passionate about helping children fall in love with math!

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