Technology has changed the way tutoring is done in the recent past. This is due to the introduction of e-learning platforms and tools that are meant to improve the practicality of learning as tutors are able to coach students who are thousands of miles away.
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How to be an effective online tutor
Technology has changed the way tutoring is done in the recent past. This is due to the introduction of e-
learning platforms and tools that are meant to improve the practicality of learning as tutors are able to
coach students who are thousands of miles away. They are also able to monitor the progress of their
students from the comfort of their living rooms. Parents on the other, have access to tools such as Tutor
Finder that makes it easy for them to find a tutor.
However, despite the benefits that technology has brought to the field, it can be a challenge to be an
online tutor. This is especially the case when there is a need to keep the students motivated and to
ensure that they remain disciplined and consistent to complete a given task even when they don’t see
the tutor face to face. The good news is that there are some tips that you can use to become a more
effective tutor. Here are a few of them:
Be helpful to student
When you begin online tutoring, the first thing that you should do is to dispel the fear and doubts of the
students. You should make sure that your students know that you are there to help. To create that
rapport with the student, give them some interesting assignments, provide guidance in areas that are
difficult and offer feedback on the work that they submit.
Make sure that you understand what your students want to learn so that you can allocate enough time
to tutor them. Ensure that you pre-book lessons and do not turn up late. If something happens that will
make you later, you should ensure that the students know in advance. This shows courtesy. Avoid
communicating through messages alone as you can end up demotivating your students. Many students
would like close interaction and to see and hear the tutor if they are to show interest in your subject.
Different students have different interests and learning styles. You should take time to understand your
student and ensure that you tailor the lessons to the needs of the student. There are students who are
termed as reflective learners. These prefer to go through a document, process it before they get to the
point of analyzing or discussing it. Other prefer to study practically.
Ensure that learning is fun
If you want to be a good tutor, you should avoid just giving a formula and sticking with it blindly.
Instead, you should look for a way of making the lesson fresh and fun. For instance, you can ask your
students to write blog entries of a subject or to create a short film.
Encourage critical thinking
There is a difference between education and teaching facts. You should encourage debate among
students. Students should also be able to analyze some idea and even take the necessary steps to solve
some problems. Instead of just teaching students to pass exams, teach them how to practically use the
education in the world.