You can run the online lesson space directly from your laptop, desktop or tablet. If you are using a tablet please see the instructions on how to download the app.
Here is a checklist to ensure that you are ready for your first session.
You will need:
- Headphones with a microphone (like those you may use with your phone)
Please note: using apple earphones on a Mac may cause an echo.
- A reasonable broadband connection.
We recommend using a wired connection if possible.
Guidance - >2MB/s upload and download speed.
You can check your internet speed here: http://www.speedtest.net/
FAQ: How can I improve my internet connection?
- Use Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. If you are on a Mac, please use Firefox.
Our lesson space is not compatible with Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari on any devices.
- A working webcam
This is not essential, but will mean the best interaction possible with your tutor. The webcam is compulsory for all tutors.
Optional but recommended
- A writing tablet
Writing tablets allow both tutors and students to use handwriting on the lesson space, and mimics sharing a piece of work between student and tutor. These can be purchased from around £20 on websites like Amazon
Browse writing tablets on Amazon
Although we do not recommend a specific tablet, our tutors mainly use one of two Huion tablets as they have found they are particularly good value.
The compact Huion H420 tablet can be purchased online from here, here or here.
The larger brother, Huion 580 tablet can be purchased here.
Both tablets support Windows and Mac.
- If you have an ipad, iPhone and a Mac computer, you can turn your iphone or ipad into a writing tablet using an app like http://astropad.com/