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How to Use Zoom

Enter an Online Tutor Session

To ensure a good learning experience and high-quality audio and connectivity, you will need the following:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in
  4. Or, an HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

For a full list of recommendations for operating systems, mobile devices, and supported browsers, please visit Zoom's System Requirements for PC, Mac, And Linux

To create a Zoom account go to and sing up for a Zoom account using your SSO account (all UCSD accounts have been upgraded to Pro accounts).

Once you have created a Zoom account, you should be ready to attend an online tutor session. To do so,

  1. Click on the link provided in the confirmation email (if you scheduled a session in advance) or on the drop-in tutoring link found on the online tutoring hours page.  
  2. The link will direct you to the Zoom meeting room.
  3. If you scheduled a session in advance:
    1. Private chat your name and your tutor’s name to the Main Host. 
    2. The Main Host will add you to your tutor’s breakout room at the start of your session. 
  4. If you are attending drop-in tutoring: 
    1. Private chat your name, PID, and the course you would like to receive tutoring for to the Main Host.
    2. The Main Host will add you to the schedule and assign you to a Tutor as soon as an open spot is available.
  5. Remember to click “Join Breakout Room” in order to meet with the Tutor.

After Entering a Tutoring Session

After you enter the breakout room with your tutor,  you are ready to begin your session. You are able to chat with your tutor at any time.

You will also be able to enable your webcam and microphone.

 zoom screen to turn on microphone and video

Toolbars and Tools

zoom toolbar

Toolbar at the bottom of screen 

Meeting tools which allow you to turn on/off your microphone, turn on/off your webcam, chat, and show gestures to the tutor. 

Write on the Whiteboard  

 zoom whiteboard to annotate or write on the screen

Under “View Options” select “annotate” to write on the whiteboard. 

whiteboard toolbar to annotate

Whiteboard tools will allow you to write on the whiteboard, add text, change font color and size, and save your work to your desktop.

If you have any trouble using the tools, ask the tutor for guidance.