Joining me on the Blog today is Richard Evans, an international tutor and the co-founder of my favourite online whiteboard, BitPaper. He’s also the director of The Tutors’ Association and founder of The Profs, so has a wealth of tutoring experience to share. For Richard and many other tutors, the busy exam period is in full swing so I wanted to find out how he makes the most of the exam rush. Here’s what he had to say:
Having tested out several different online whiteboard tools when tutoring online, I was interested to find out if new kid on the block BitPaper was up to scratch. Could BitPaper be the best collaborative online whiteboard for online tutors? Let's find out.
In the past I've often struggled to find decent online materials for IELTS so when I found Off2Class and saw that it had a stack of IELTS exam preparation lessons ready to go, I thought it sounded good. So I tested it out and it's definitely the way forward. That's why I want to share with you my experience of Off2Class and specifically how I use it to teach my IELTS students. P.S. This is a massive timesaver.
I recently wrote an article about an excellent tutoring toolkit I discovered called Off2Class. If you teach English as a second language (ESL) then you don't want to miss out on this. For me, it's changing the way I tutor online and it just got an upgrade.
I've got 2 words for you: lesson planning. If you're a teacher or tutor, maybe those words are synonymous with long evenings or Sunday afternoons preparing for the following week. Wouldn't it be great if you could have all your lessons prepared for you by someone else. Well, if you teach English as a second language (ESL), then this dream is now a reality!
I recently wrote about how I use Google Slides to create and share lesson materials with my online students and I think this works very well. But this week I'm testing out a popular virtual whiteboard that allows a voice call and online collaboration in real time. Read on to find out how to tutor online with Scribblar.
Fresh faced with my TEFL certificate in hand, my very first English teaching job was in Guinea, West Africa. In a classroom of 45 mixed level, mixed age refugees, my teaching materials consisted of a blackboard, a piece of chalk and my coursebook from the 60s! The students were sharing one coursebook between 4 or 5 so I quickly realised I’d need some photocopies. With no electricity, this was kind of tricky and involved a walk to the local market to find someone with a generator and a working photocopier. It was a steep learning curve but one that taught me the value of improvisation and using what you have available to make learning fun and interactive. Fast forward 10 years and I’m now teaching everything on the Internet using my computer and Google Slides. Here’s how I got there:Continue reading