Computer Requirements

In order to join a tutoring session with me and have a reasonably decent experience you will need at least the following:

  • A laptop or desktop that was manufactured within the last 5 years.

  • A quad-core processor of at least 1ghz.

  • 6 GB of RAM.

  • A Windows, Mac, or Ubuntu-based operating system. Chrome OS will also work.

  • The latest version of Google Chrome installed and working.

  • A working Microphone (Test it here).

  • A working set of speakers, headphones, or earbuds (Test them here).

  • A reliable Internet connection capable of at least 1mbps download and 1mbps upload (Test your connection here).

  • A battery that is safe to use, has not been recalled for safety reasons, shows no signs of bulging, and stays reasonably cool during normal use. (This does not apply to desktops).

Some other notes:

  • Ensure that your internet connection is not metered. Some internet service providers charge you by the amount of data that you use and can charge expensive overage fees if you exceed your data allotment. Connecting to your tutoring session over one of these connections can result in a large bill. Thus, try to avoid this if you can.

  • Some microphones work better than others. It is generally a good idea to have multiple options available to you in case one starts causing problems. The built-in microphones on certain laptops are especially prone to these issues.

  • Videoconferencing, (which is how I am able to tutor you through the internet), is a somewhat processor-intensive task. This means that your computer may become warm during this process. If you can, try to use a computer with a fan so that this heat can be dissipated. Also please be aware of your device's battery. If your device's battery has not been used for a long time, is bulging, or gets warm during normal use, please do not join your tutoring session on that device.

  • Always try to plug your computer into the wall while I am tutoring you. That way you won't run out of battery mid-way through the session.

  • If you happen to have a computer with touch/pen/stylus input, please try to use that computer if possible.

  • If you think you will likely need to do lots of videoconferencing in the future and want a recommendation for getting good audio, here is what I use: I use this AI noise canceling adapter to get rid of the background noise and into that I plug in my HyperX Cloud II wired headphones. However any TRRS wired headset should work. Even this inexpensive set of earbuds should work. You could also get this adapter to split out the microphone and headset wiring and plug in any 3.5mm wired microphone and speakers/headset combination. These are just my recommendations though. You are not required to have this specific hardware in order to have a tutoring session with me.