When it comes to tutoring online, there are a couple of tools that every online tutor needs. A decent computer and fast internet are top of the list but if you want to take advantage of online whiteboards like BitPaper and tutor like a pro, having a pen tablet is a must. I've tested out the budget Huion 420 and mid-range Wacom Intuos to see which one's best.
Online tutoring is great, but one of my pet hates is scheduling lessons. All that back-and-forth with emails to try and find a day and time (in the right time zone) that works for me and the student. That's about to change. I've discovered a free online calendar that's going to allow me to schedule online tutoring lessons 24/7. Even in my sleep!
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.
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Skype? Making a long distance call to a friend or family member in another country? A free way to talk on the Internet (if you don't lose the connection)? Most people have heard of Skype so when talking about my job, I usually say I teach English online using Skype. The reality is, most of the time, I don't use it. Why? Because there's something much better. I've found the best tool for online tutoring.
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.
Did you know that YouTube is the 2nd biggest search engine after Google? Every day, millions of people are searching for videos about anything you can imagine and that includes online tutoring. As an online tutor, this is a huge opportunity for you to promote your tutoring services and the best thing is, you can do this for free.
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