Nick Williams developed his gift for tutoring early. While still in high school, he began helping peers in lower grades with music theory and writing. Now, Nick uses his tutoring expertise to support Apex Learning Virtual School students in a variety of subjects. He says he loves being an online tutor because of the flexibility it gives him to connect with students wherever he has internet access. “Online tutoring allows me to work in different settings on a whim,” says Nick. “I also love knowing that I can impact students around the world. On a given day, I might be chatting with someone in Washington state, Columbia, and India—all at the same time. That feeling that I have some far-flung reach and impact certainly keeps me going.” When he’s tutoring from his home, Nick’s setup includes several monitors open simultaneously with multiple resources “flying around” to help him shift between students and subjects “on a dime.” He says the ability to instantly share files, whiteboards, videos, and other resources helps him create a multi-modal setting for students where they can learn based on their preferences and strengths rather than just what he prescribes through written instruction. “Extra motivation for me comes from seeing the ‘aha’ moments more often than you typically would in a normal classroom.” — Nick Williams Speaking of whiteboards, Nick loves them. He says sharing interactive whiteboards with students who are visual learners can help them better understand and retain concepts. “I still think one of my favorite tutoring moments was a couple of years ago when I was able to pool a few resources, including a live whiteboard, to help me explain a microeconomics concept to a student of ours,” says Nick. “That session took her through several real-life examples that made sense to her. It stuck with her, and she was able to refer back to that session throughout the remainder of the course.” Another memorable tutoring moment for Nick was the opportunity to help a single dad with math. “He was taking care of his baby daughter and couldn’t thank me enough for the weight I was lifting off him,” says Nick. “He would log on around the same time each day and we’d pick up right where we left off in the previous session. This was this first time I realized the true impact I could have on ALVS students, and how much most of them truly appreciate the time we put in.” Nick says he loves seeing students approach tutoring with a solid foundational knowledge, prior reading on the subject, and an eagerness to build on their knowledge with the specific examples of concepts he provides. “Extra motivation for me comes from seeing the ‘aha’ moments more often than you typically would in a normal classroom,” says Nick. “As a tutor, you really have the one-on-one time to build a relationship with the student.” As an online tutor with ALVS for four years, Nick says he appreciates the opportunity to use innovative technology to help students gain knowledge and build confidence. “I love the sense of accomplishment both the student and I feel after we complete an assignment or the student achieves mastery of a particularly difficult concept,” says Nick. “I also love that we’re constantly evolving at ALVS and finding ways to be even more effective at what we do.” Live Tutor Chat with tutors like Nick is a feature of our virtual school program that both students and parents really appreciate having access to. We recently expanded the hours of our Live Tutor Chat to include Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), which is a popular time for catching up on schoolwork. These weekend hours supplement our weekday hours of Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (PST).