5 things to keep in mind when choosing an online teacher
By Minal Anand
Each child is unique. Each child has a different pace of learning and needs a personalized learning methodology. While one child may be very good at staying focused, the other may struggle to stay grounded in one place during class. We cannot use a ‘one size fits all’ approach with young learners. It is imperative to appreciate their uniqueness and realize that they need to be treated differently.
Finding the right tutor was a difficult task anyway. Due to the pandemic, a lot of learning has shifted to online mode. Choosing an online teacher can be a more daunting and time-consuming task. We have described for you the 5 things you should consider before choosing an online teacher.
1. Rely on a verified source
The market today is flooded with a large number of tutors. However, as parents, it is difficult to determine the expertise of a guardian. It is advisable not to search for a teacher on your own but to rely on websites and portals that do thorough research before hiring the tutor. This allows you to rest easy knowing that your child is in good hands. Also, if you are not satisfied with the tutor, you can speak with the relevant website or portal and request a replacement. It is their responsibility to find another tutor and you can be hassle free. Although liability can be a challenge with private tutors, hiring tutors through the portal allows you to be assured of the expertise they offer.
2. Evaluate comfort with technology
In physical lessons, one does not need to worry if the tutor understands how to use video conferencing apps or engage virtually. However, comfort with technology is of extreme importance with online learning. The tutor must be familiar with the use of video conferencing applications such as zoom, google meet or Microsoft teams. Additionally, the tutor must also understand how to engage with the student virtually. The teaching methodology can also be different with online courses since the teacher has access to share content and define assignments that students can turn in. A tutor who is not comfortable using technology cannot effectively deliver lessons online.
3. Compatibility with the learner
We all know we have favorites in school and college. It is mainly because of our compatibility with the teacher and the way he encourages us. Likewise, before hiring an online tutor, it is imperative to ensure that the student is comfortable with the teacher. In order to assess this, the demo class is an exclusive opportunity to determine compatibility between tutor and student. It goes without saying that a learner can learn more and concentrate well on the subject if he can connect well with the tutor. In addition to this, it also allows the student to ask questions freely and clarify their doubts without fear of being judged.
4. Excellent communication skills
Ideally, your child will look up to their tutor. Having a good mentor at this age will definitely shape them as a confident individual in the future. At this stage, it is very important that tutors are fluent in English and have excellent communication skills. A child will spend a lot of time with the tutor after school hours, for this reason parents should ensure that the tutor has good communication skills since the child will try to absorb the tutor’s learnings.
5. Enthusiasm and attitude
The tutor you choose must be very passionate about teaching and education. Any tutor you hire should be encouraging and have a positive attitude. Keeping the child engaged and motivated in an online session can be a daunting task, therefore, the tutor must have the ability to keep the child motivated during the tutoring session. He or she should be able to praise the student when needed and also provide discipline for the session. The student should feel good after a tutoring session and at the end of each session, the student should feel that he learned something and that the session was beneficial to him.
If you keep the above factors in mind, you should be able to find the perfect online tutor for your child.
The author is co-founder and CEO of GuruQ
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