While private webcam tutorials have existed for a number of years now, some tutors still aren’t sure how to get started! We’re here to help you start tutoring online.

When it comes to this type of tutoring services, everything’s changing: the materials, how you prepare the lessons, and how you speak to the students...

It's now up to you to help students succeed at any stage of their education.

To get to grips with digital technologies, which are being increasingly used in schools, there’s nothing better than online tutoring.

By directly interacting with your computer, you’ll be able to help students with their revision, and motivate them by using digital technologies.

Learn how to get started with online private tutoring.

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What Equipment do you Need to Teach Online?

In order to prepare your private lessons, it's essential to have the right tools

Teaching online comes with plenty of advantages. However, it can quickly become a nightmare if you have faulty equipment.

Firstly, you should get the right tools:

  • A decent webcam for effective video conferencing can be found for anywhere between $30 and $60. Alternatively you can get a digital camera that also acts as a webcam for between $150 and $300.
  • A headset for communicating with the student (between $15 and $30).
  • A good quality, well-functioning computer running Windows 10, for example.
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An old computer won't cut it if you want to give online tutorials. (Source: andreas160578)

Of course, good equipment is not the only thing you'll need. You also need to make sure you are using the right programs to help facilitate your lessons.

  • Instant messaging platforms and programmes (Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, etc.)
  • File storage and Cloud services (Dropbox, for example)
  • Use a programme for planning tasks (Podio, Fusioo, etc.)
  • Online video libraries like YouTube, for example.

With all these teaching resources, you should now be ready to give your first lesson!

Check Your Internet Connection

Even with the best equipment, your online lessons could quickly become a nightmare if your internet connection isn’t great!

In order to ensure that your lessons are running smoothly, both parties need to make sure that their internet connection is quick and stable.

You should opt for fibre optic internet (available from most ISPs) which has very little delay. In general, fibre optic services aren’t that much more expensive than ADSL services. You should also check your student’s connection before accepting any tutoring jobs.

There are plenty of sites where you can check the speed of your internet connection.

Online Teaching Resources to Enhance your lessons

Give the best online tutoring lessons by making use of all the excellent resources online.

Whether you’re preparing classes for primary school students or secondary school students, there are a lot of online educational resources available to you. You can organise your lessons directly online.

Depending on your subject, there are a number of resources available to you to help you teach online:

  • Specialised sites for different subjects
  • Free educational apps for smartphones (Duolingo, Babbel, etc.)
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Online video courses (there are a lot of YouTubers specialising in educational content)
  • Content for national and provincial exams
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YouTube is an excellent resource to help you plan your tutoring sessions. (Source: JuralMin)

By being organised, you can prepare classes tailored to each individual student's needs. There’s nothing better than digital resources when it comes to learning!

Our Tips for How to Teach Online

Excellent Communication

You need to ensure that your student has learnt everything they studied during the lesson. In order to do this, you need to make sure you stay in touch with them. This means that you should regularly review past material and ask your student for feedback to get an idea if there are any concepts that they are still struggling with.

Whether you use instant messaging or emails, you should make sure that you’re available to answer any of your students’ questions within  reasonable time

Staying in touch with your student means you can save time during your lessons. Rather than spending 20 minutes going back over something they were struggling with between lessons, they can work on it during their free time thanks to the answers you gave them.

Don’t hesitate to share some exercises, reading and other online resources to help them. Staying in touch also allows you to avoid cancelled lessons. If you or your student have something come up, you can contact one another immediately.

Finally, you can also use digital communication to organise your lessons to make better use of your time. There are a number of excellent planning tools, such as Google Calendars to help you organise your lessons and set reminders for yourself on a daily basis. Make the most of the excellent resources that are available to you!

Checking Homework via Webcam

You can also provide homework help via webcam. Whether through the webcam or via a scan, your student can show you the homework their teacher gave them and you can help them during your academic support tutorials

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A tutor has to motivate their students to excel in their classes. (Source: tjevans)

Find Online Tests to Evaluate Your Students

You can share links to online exercise or put them on task-planning sites. There are a number of sites that allow you to create online tests to send to your students. Check out this article that lists 26 of the best tools to help you create online assessments.

Online resources and materials help students to build on and retain their knowledge. By correcting their homework, you can help your student to progress in a number of different subjects.

You can provide online tutorials in plenty of different subjects:

  • Maths
  • French
  • History
  • Spanish
  • German
  • English
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Spanish
  • ESL
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Take the time to explain the most important concepts that are essential for your subject. It’s better to take the time at the start of your course to make sure that your students on the right page.

Students can make a lot of progress and pass their exams if they have an excellent grounding and understanding of the basics.

Be A Good Listener

It doesn't matter whether you're an English tutor, chemistry tutor, or maths tutor. It’s important that the teacher listens to their students and incorporate their feedback into the organisation of your lessons.

According to a 2015 Opinion Way survey, 55% of parents said that “being a good listener” was a teacher’s most important quality. A lot of teachers with larger classes struggle to listen to all of their students. This means that parents expect you to listen carefully to their child, even if you are at the other end of the country.

The goal is to provide effective teaching and get good results. If you know your student well, you can give them educational advice to help them on their way.

How do you become a good tutor?
A private tutor has to listen to their students. (Source: Couleur)

Furthermore, students appreciate working with a good educator. If you want to get good feedback on your Superprof profile, you’re going to have to meet and exceed your students’ expectations.

Read more about how to organise online tutoring lessons.

What are the Advantages of Online Tutoring?

Save Money for Tutors and Students

In addition to being fun, online tutoring is also cheaper. In fact, remote classes cost a lot less than face-to-face tutorials because there are fewer transport costs. You can earn your full salary without having to pay for petrol or public transport.

You can also organise video conferences which cost the parents less than group tutorials but earn the tutor more money. If your student wants to get a class with their friends, you’ll end up earning more money and end up with more positive reviews.

Whether you are student or a teacher, everyone can benefit from learning online!

Find More Students

Online tutoring can allow students and teachers all around the world to connect to share their knowledge. Online tutoring lessons are great for plenty of different types of teachers:

  • Qualified Tutors: If you’ve got a great CV, you’ll be able to find students from all over the country. It doesn’t really matter exactly what your qualifications are, they’ll stand out to potential students.
  • Specialised Tutors: If you’ve got a speciality (exam prep, English as a foreign language), this will put you ahead of other tutors. The rarer your specialisation, the more your tutorials are worth.
  • Native Tutors: If you’re teaching foreign languages and you’re a native speaker, you’ll do well. In fact, a lot of parents want to find a tutor who speaks the foreign language natively. It can also be quite difficult to find foreign speakers offering one to one home tutoring in some smaller towns. You won’t have any problems finding interested students, though!

If you’re just looking for students where you live, you run the risk of getting paid less or struggling to find students. If you offer online tutorials, on the other hand, you can reach far more students around the country and around the world!  You can also reach students in other countries where English is spoken.

Easy to Organise

Teaching online has never been easier and webcam tutoring lessons are a great way to teach students from around the world. 

You can teach from wherever you want and whenever you want. If you’re currently a student, you can give lessons from campus, from a cafe, or from another country. Say goodbye to geographical limitations!

Your student could study while on holiday as long as they bring their computer with them.

You could use this type to help them study for exams:

  • High School Exams
  • Elementary School Exams
  • University Entry Exams
  • GMAT
  • SAT's
  • University Exams
  • MCAT
  • CPA
  • Etc.

Since you won’t be wasting time travelling, you can spend more time teaching and more time learning. Online academic support tutorials can help you create a better link with your student. You can focus on your student and give them more autonomy in their learning.

You don’t need to waste time travelling or getting your things out. All your documents and resources are right there on your computer and accessible in just a few clicks. The internet is full of excellent resources to help you prepare for your classes, no matter what age group, subject or level. Using online games, videos and tutorials are a great way to engage your students and to encourage them to learn new material in a fun and exciting way.

You’ll notice that it’s easier for both parties to find a time that works for them. The time saved by not travelling can be used to teach more and earn more. Now you can use modern technology to teach!

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