There are many advantages to tutoring online including the flexibility of setting lesson times and prices, especially as it doesn't require travel time. We've compiled some of our top tips to help tutors to prepare for delivering online tuition.
The first step in tutoring online is ensuring you have a fast and reliable internet connection. You also need to ensure you have a quiet space to host your online lessons - try to avoid as much background noise as possible.
It might be worth considering purchasing a webcam and microphone headset as it will help enhance the sound quality of your lesson.
Finding the right platform for you
Choosing the right platform for you might be dependent on the subjects you tutor as there is a large variety of both free and paid platforms to conduct lessons.
Skype is a very popular option for online tuition as it is a free platform that enables you to share your screen with others.
Google Hangouts + Google Documents is another popular popular choice for delivering online tuition which enable tutors to complete basic lessons and upload documents.
Virtual Whiteboards are a great way to help make lessons more interactive by sharing documents/ presentations within the classroom. This enables students and tutors to collaborate on a whiteboard together.
Tutorfair Classroom for tutors on the the Tutorfair platform, we do have our very own classroom with video features and an interactive whiteboard. If you would like to try a demo for the platform please do contact email@example.com.
Your 'before the lesson' checklist
Before your first lesson it's a good idea to test the platform you are using first. You could do this alone or ask your friends to test it out with you. It is good to prepare 10- 15 minutes prior to the lesson and to ensure that you have good internet connection.
You should also test your camera and microphone to help the experience be as smooth as possible. If you have prepared materials for the lesson, it is a good idea to send these to the student beforehand so they are also prepared.
Your 'after the lesson' checklist
At the end of your lesson it is always good to revise the topics covered and set targets (and sometimes homework!) for the next lesson.
There is a feedback tool provided on the Tutorfair platform where you can let the student (or parents) know which topics were covered and highlight the areas you are hoping to work on.
Want to find out more about the Tutorfair classroom? Email firstname.lastname@example.org