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7 Tips for Success in Online Tutoring
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7 Tips for Success in Online Tutoring

by Vivek Singh | Dec 03, 2013

Online Tutoring or Online Teaching is getting popular day by day. While the ease on commute and saving time and resources are positives of online teaching, high speed internet and good power supply are certain restrictions. As the India is rapidly developing, the situation of high speed Internet and power supply is getting better. In previous articles I explained the top 10 free tools to teach online and tips for online tutoring.

Here I will explain a few guidelines for online teaching [1]. As said, most of the responsibilities are on tutors:

1. Access to technology
The tutors are responsible for arranging the latest and easy-to-use technological needs required for online tutoring. Its tutor's responsibility to train the students on these technical tools. The tutor is also expected to arrange secured access to a high speed internet connection for online class activities. Tutor should test all technological prerequisites before starting the class.


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2. Learning Management System
The tutor is responsible for managing, administrating and teaching the online-class from start to finish. The tutor is also expected to follow the discussed course schedule and syllabus. Prior to commencing online classes, tutors should be well familiar with Learning Management System. Such as, BharatTutors.net uses Moodle, an online learning management system.

Tutor should make sure to conduct the course within the given time-frame. If there is any change expected in next class scheduling, communicate to the students prior to finishing the class. Also send reminders in email before starting next class.

3. Preparation for online-tutoring
The online-tutor is responsible for assuring that they have all of the required skills and knowledge for teaching online. Apart from the academic expertise on the subject, good communication skills, way to engage students, matching language-accent with student's accent are some of the required soft skills for online tutor. Tutor should also be able to handle all administrative tools to manage the online class.

4. Familiarity with the course
The online-tutor is responsible for being familiar with the online course, study plans and schedule. The tutor is expected to be familiar with the syllabus including course milestones, date of tests and critical course activities like assignments, tests and quizzes. The tutor is also responsible for making changes in the syllabus if necessary and communicates the changes to the respective students.

6. Communication
The online tutor is responsible for managing all communications related to the course being taught. The instructor is expected to communicate and send reminders to students about the class schedule and access to the materials and steps to get the access.

7. Feedback
The online teacher is responsible for collecting feedback from students. He/ she is also equally responsible for providing prompt feedback to students and parents, if needed. The tutors should also post the final course grade promptly. This should also be communicated to the parents, if this was requested.

Please share if you have any other experience or suggestions related to skills needed for online teaching. Don't feel shy to share in box below.

Reference:
1. http://www.fnu.edu/contents/training/Guidelines%20for%20Online%20Teaching%20Success.pdf

About the author:
Vivek Singh is the founder and owner of BharatTutors. Founded in 2010, BharatTutors.com is one of the fastest growing online platform to connect students and tutors in India.

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