One of my roles of being a Stats tutor is to guide students to supplementary resources to their learning processes. Many students with which I meet and work frequently in person also use other resources to complement their learning process, including some online stats tutoring services.
And usually they ask me to give them recommendations. There is no conflict of interest there: I think that presential tutors and online services are not in competition, on the contrary, they are a great complement to each other.
Many educational theories point out the value of multiple stimuli to target certain learning objectives. That’s why I’m convinced that traditional tutoring systems and online tutoring systems can be great partners.
Consequently, I enthusiastically respond to my students when they want me to refer them to good and reliable online stats services, based on the information I have in handy and comments and referrals that have heard first hand.
The Golden Rule: Trust
You need to work with someone you trust in. Such trust may be easier to build when you have a person in front of you. With online tutors, the levels of empathy may be lower, at least at the beginning.
So, therefore, trust may be harder to build up. But not impossible, by any means. As you start working with your “virtual tutor“, you can immediately get a feel if things are going well. Is the tutor thorough in her answers, is she knowledgeable, is she accurate? If the answer to those questions is yes, then your quickly on your way to building rapport and building a required degree of trust.
On the other hand, empathy is not all students are looking for. Some people may just care about getting accurate and complete answers to their stats questions, regardless if the tutor builds rapport or not.
That usually happens with some services that are based overseas, where the tutors are not totally fluent in English, but yet they have excellent technical skills. You have to see if that is your cup of tea.
Safety Above All
One of the main concerns I hear is that students are scared to pay online with their credit cards. I would say that nowadays that is not much of a problem, since majority of the reputed online stats services do have secure payment systems, either based on Paypal, Stripe or some other new payment processors, that guarantee a smooth experience.
You have to use your common sense, make sure that the site has a SSL (https) connection, among some other basic things.
I don’t like to name specific stats help services, because they are many. Places like MGT and StatisticsBrain are great places to start, with great reviews, but there are other options as well. Ultimately, you will need to work with someone who has expertise in the subject, who understand what you need, who will deliver on time and who will help you meet your objectives.
And, you should not be afraid to try a service, because if it does not work the way you wanted, you can always try another. Rinse and repeat if needed, and you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Best of luck with your search!