During the past year and a half, Covid-19 has changed many things in our world. We may never return to normal. Maybe there will always be social distancing rules in effect along with masking policies becoming the new normal. Many jobs have also changed. For example, tutoring used to mainly in person. Tutors could teach in their homes, at school, libraries, or cafes. Now tutors have had to find new ways to teach their students in Canada while keeping them safe along with themselves.
- Covid-19 has changed the way tutors operate. Source: Maxime, Unsplash
What's Changed with Tutoring?
The most significant change in tutoring is the in-person session. For over a year, some provinces didn't allow in-person tutoring according to their local guidelines. So tutors have had to find new ways to help their students. The education system had to endure a lot, along with the parents of the students. The teachers had to switch to online learning and try to keep kids entertained on a screen. Parents had to spend the time helping their children get set up and be diligent enough to learn. Not to mention the impact he had on students. Learning in-person and then switching to online learning can be a big switch for students. For starters, not something they have done before. It's an entirely new practice when it comes to education.
This impact has affected tutors in Canada. Tutors have also had to make the switch to online learning, which has undoubtedly brought on challenges. Some parents or students we're no longer working, making funds for tutoring low. Tutors also had to figure out how to teach online. They had to find ways to be creative and keep students engaged while at the same time learning as they go. Covid-19 has affected everyone. This article focuses on seeing the changes with tutoring and conoid and what you can do to involve still helping each student learn.
How to Teach During Covid-19?
Teaching online has now become the norm. It keeps the student and you safe from getting covid-19 as you can learn/lead in the safety of your own home. Online learning certainly has challenges, from materials needed to find the right platform to host your sessions. It's new, but it hasn't stopped tutors from making a difference. Here are some tips to help your students still learn effectively.
Test your Equipment - Chances are you are new to online teaching. It has been around for a while, but now it's the go-to choice for students and tutors because of its safety. First, make sure your internet works well. You have a good working computer, and your webcam is working correctly. There is nothing worse than a piece of equipment breaking during or before your tutoring session.
Have a Lesson Plan - In-person tutoring requires a lesson plan, and so does online. Online teaching focus on you, the tutor. You should schedule topics you're going to cover during each session with all your students. Online teaching is new for you, so having a lesson plan ensures you cover everything you need.
Adjust properly - Just like your students. It's going to take time to adjust to online teaching. It's definitely different with its own sets of challenges. There are going to be times where you make a mistake, or something doesn't go smoothly. It's okay. Both you and your client are adjusting. Give it some time.
Use Softwares - There are lots of software out there that can make tutoring online easier. It could be creating lesson plans, activities or screen sharing with your student. All these software are tools for your success teaching online. They can make a difference.
Think About Price - Online tutoring can be cheaper than in-person tutoring because of the lower overhead costs. This may be true for you. Covid-19 has impacted more people's financial situation as well as your own. So offering cheaper sessions may help students continue to work with you. But again, this comes down to your tutor session. You still have to think about the costs associated with each lesson.
These tips can help you with transitioning your lessons online. Everyone will have a different experience when it comes to online teaching, but everyone will be able to adapt. It will take some time to adjust and figure out your teaching methods online. Remember your students will also be going through the same thing. Especially depending on their age, they may find it harder to adjust. It is definitely hard switching over from in-person to online. Give it some time and you will be able to excel on online tutoring along with your students.
- Social distancing and wearing masks are now the norms. Source: Cherrydeck, Unsplash
Coping with Changes in Tutoring
Tutoring has been impacted, but the idea behind it has not. Tutors are still offering students the help they need. Yes, the way of offering services has changed for the time being, but we're still able to make an impact. It can be stressful dealing with changes. Finding ways to de-stress and clear your mind is an essential step in teaching during Covid-19.
Switching how you offer your services along with worrying about staying safe have cause stress. There are ways to help de-stress after a long week or even a long day. These stress-relief methods are something you should be implementing. It would help if you had a healthy way to cope with your stress dealing with these times.
Focus on You - Being a tutor, you're always taking care of others. This doesn't even include your home life. Taking time for yourself is the perfect way to relax. It could be working out, going for walks, watching your favourite videos or reading. Find something to do for yourself.
Setting Work Hours - As a tutor, you might not have a typical schedule. This can keep you on the clock all the time. It never gives you a work/life balance. Pick times during the day when you can solely focus on your work. You can split the times up during the day, but be sure to have a time when you stop doing work-related things.
These are just some of the ways you de-stress. Find a method that works for you the best. Setting work hours can't be stressed enough. It's not healthy to think or even worry about work all the time. Setting work hours will take some time adjusting to, but you'll be glad you did. check out the other methods as well to de-stress. There are lots of others ways online to read about. Find a method that works for you.
- Find time for yourself to de-stress. Source: Andrea Piacquadio, Pexels
Continue Teaching During Covid-19
Students still need tutors to help them with several things. So it's essential to keep striving to provide value to each and every one of your students. Covid-10 has undoubtedly changed how tutors work now, but you can still offer your services, just a little bit differently.
Remember to make time for yourself. You need to find ways to de-stress and stay sane so you can offer services to continue to make an impact in your student's lives. Keep pursuing teaching. Now is the time to continue to offer valuable help to each of your students.
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