7 Advanced Online Tutoring Tips To Wow Your Tutees
Right. Now you’ve got your hardware and software ready to go it’s time to learn how the pros do it. Use these advanced online tutoring tips to get the most out of the technology out there.
1) Collaboration with Video Chat
Invite your student to join your BitPaper room by simply sharing the web link (over email, Skype or Zoom). You can both write together, copy and paste images, and save or download your notes.
Both hit the button to start a call. You can choose either audio or video calls.
Check out our post on 10 things you didn’t know BitPaper can do to learn more.
2) Recording Tutorials
The ability to be able to record classes gives online tutoring the technological edge over face-to-face tuition.
We recommend Zoom (Client for Meetings) as it is easy to set up and free for one-to-one meetings! Watch this video here to learn more about recording options. You can even record all classes automatically when you begin a meeting.
3) Screen Sharing
There are two main approaches to online tuition:
- – a situation where both student and tutor can write on the same screen
- – where the tutor controls the tutorial and the student follows whatever is on their screen.
Skype and Zoom both have easy-to-use screen sharing options, although Zoom allows you more control by allowing you to only share a specific software if you do not want your student to see everything that you can see (very handy if you need to check your notes or double check a solution online!).
On Skype for Windows: Call => Share Screen
On Skype for Mac: Conversations => Share Screen
Not sure which is right for you and your students? Trial both– collaboration or screen sharing. You could mix it up for different clients, ages or subjects.
4) Remote Control each other’s screens
In addition to sharing your screen and vice versa, you can also give them remote control to your computer allowing interactive processes on any programme open on your computer, including Word, Excel, LaTeX or SPSS. This moves the student from a passive to an active role, enhancing not only engagement but also the learning process. When sharing the screen, in the toolbar click on Remote Control and tick the name of your tutee. Now both you and your tutee can simultaneously work on the same programme. To undo this process, select Stop Remote Control, which is right above your tutees name.
5) Install the Dropbox Desktop App
Collaboration shouldn’t stop at the end of the class. Use the Dropbox App to save and revisit all your work together directly from your computer, even offline! Create a folder for each client/subject and with commitment you can build an entire set of revision resources together. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this grows into an invaluable set of reusable notes. They can be used to help future students – adding extra value to your service – or else cutting down on future preparation time.
5) Use Hotkeys to Switch Between Tabs/Programmes
Nothing makes online tuition more tedious than a tutor who doesn’t know their way around a computer, constantly clicking around different tabs like an old grandma trying to find that pack of Smarties she knows she put in her bag, somewhere. It’s our duty as online tutors to move quickly around our computers. These two hotkeys are super useful to flicking between multiple programmes:
Try this now:
ALT (hold) + TAB [Windows] to switch programmes CMD (hold) + TAB [Mac].
CTRL + TAB to switch tabs in an internet browser.
7) Personalise Your Pen Settings
You’ll likely be using your tablet a lot, so our last online tutoring tips is to find the settings that best suit you, and feel comfortable and natural to use. First, open your tablet settings:
Top Tip: Set Up Your Pen Buttons to most commonly used features:
In Pen Settings you can set you writing preferences so suit you. Personally, I like setting my 2nd button to undo. This is done by setting “Keystroke” to CTRL + Z (or ⌘ + Z on Apple).
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I hope you found these online tutoring tips helpful! Let us know in comments below if we missed anything out! Happy tutoring!