How To Tutor online and in person

How To Tutor online and in person

How to tutor online

More and more schools, universities and freelance teachers and tutors are moving towards online classes. Some have been doing this for many years. And for some, teaching online is new and it can be very overwhelming. There are so many ways on how to tutor online and so many platforms are offering different services. Some schools and tutoring agencies use their own online learning platforms. Teaching online should not be complicated and education should be available for free to everyone. There are many free platforms out there which are easy to use, even for tutors who are not familiar with tutoring online. I am here to help you getting started.

If you are not teaching through an agency or school and you do not wish to spend money on services, I have something that can help you. I have been teaching this way now for many years and it works very well.

I use a free online platform to organise lessons and to upload links, material, homework and more. All my students have free access to the same board on the platform which makes sharing material and homework easy for everyone.
Please contact me to book one hour of private tuition to get help with starting your online tutoring business in the most simple and fastest way possible.
The fee for 1 hour of one-on-one tuition is $75.00 would include:
– setting up your free online platform (Trello)
– how to use the platform as an online class board
– how to give your students access to the board
– how to use Skype or Zoom (whatever you prefer) as the main communication device between you and your students
– screen sharing (if needed) / use of the online white board
– advice of contracts between you and your students
– contract templates
– pricing advice for one-on-one and small group classes
– class cancellation and refund advice
– everything else you need to know to get started
Every tutor who considers tutoring online is in my eyes on the right track. Online tutoring is the future and especially now with the COVID-19, it is important to not stop our students education.

Please contact me, if you need any assistance on how to set up your online tutoring service. I am happy to help. Or send me an email: carolin@atutor.ca

Now, what makes a tutor to a good tutor?

Let’s face it! It takes more than just being an expert in your field to be a good tutor. I mean, in order to resourcefully transmit your knowledge and expertise to a student, it is not only necessary to explain, show and demonstrate, but also to identify their strengths and weaknesses, track their progress and also cultivate an aura that is friendly to the whole endeavor. To safeguard your reputation and deliver beyond expectations, here are a few essential tips on how to tutor online or in person, so that you can start on the right footing.

Establish a good relationship

For the tutoring sessions to be efficient, it is inevitable that a good relationship be established between the tutor and the student. Often, this relationship is fostered quickly, but at other times, it may take a few sessions before the student opens up. The success of this relationship reveals the personalities of each of your students and also demonstrates your pedagogical and tutorial qualities.

Evaluate and understand the needs of a student

Once you are well acquainted with your student, take stock of their knowledge. When you first meet the student, start by assessing what they know so that you can prioritize what to teach during your tutoring sessions. To achieve this, ask the student what topics they are good at and also what they like about the subject you will be working on. Let them speak freely about the subject so that you can understand the extent of their knowledge. This way, the student/s will feel valued, they will take confidence in themselves and you will also get a better idea of their feats and its shortcomings.

Work together to set goals

After establishing the needs of the student, work together to identify and set both important and minor goals that can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time. By giving him the responsibility to move toward his goals, he/she will become more involved and ultimately register better progress. Write down the objectives on a sheet of paper so that the student can easily follow them. Once the goals have been set, center each session to cover a specific one. And before handling any of these goals, let them know in advance so that they can be physically and physiologically prepared.

Familiarize with the needs of the student

Even after setting goals, your student might burn out and get tired over time. Therefore, if they seem tired or in a bad mood during a session, do not hesitate to change your teaching habits to cheer them up. For instance, if it is a language course, you can occasionally suggest that they translate songs instead of conjugation exercises. You could also watch cartoons in that language and see if the student can follow the story coherently.

Adapt your teaching method to the student’s learning method

Not all children learn the same way. Some students work best alone while others learn better in a group or with a guide. Therefore, give them a chance to work and leaner in their way of preference and this will help them edge closer to their goals and realize significant progress. Change to tuition from a face to face to an online tuition via webcam, if your student can not make the class on time. Classes online are better than no classes at all.

Follow and track the progress of the student

Make a graph that allows you and the student to evaluate the progress they are making. This graph should contain information such as the overall performance of the student, their progress towards the goals you set, and an assessment of the student’s efforts. Celebrate the progress made by congratulating your student! If the student’s grades do not improve, but you notice significant effort on his part, the graph will help them recognize their efforts and avoid discouragement along the way.

 



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