Private tutors are used to teaching in-person or in a small group. However, the problem with face-to-face lessons is that they require travelling and take up a lot of time. The advantage in teaching online is that, you don’t need to travel, you can teach from your own home. With the current COVID-19 pandemic many parents are looking for tutors who deliver tuitions online and more parents are becoming aware of the benefits of having an online tutor.
Teaching online is not very difficult. You need a few tools and resources.
1. A computer with Internet
You need to have a laptop or a desktop computer with Internet. I recommend you to have an Internet connection with at least 10Mbps download speed if you want to teach through online video conference. You can check your internet speed for free at fast.com.
2. A headset with microphone
You may find a microphone in-built into your computer or you can purchase it separately. Most computers nowadays have a built-in microphone, but sometimes, the quality is better on an external microphone. You may purchase a good quality headset with a built-in microphone to get a good result.
3. A webcam
Most comptuers nowadays come with an in-built webcam which is usually of good quality. If your computer’s webcam has a low resoulation or not provides good quality video, then consider buying a separate one. You can easily find one from an online shopping site, Amazon or Ebay.
4. Screen Recording Tool
You can download and install a screen recording tool like Camtasia (commercial) or OBS Studio (free) to record your computer screen with your voice. These are incredible tools that enable educators and tutors to create fun, engaging and interactive videos.
You need to create educational content that covers the topics you would teach in your lessons. Start planning lessons that would accompany the course that you are creating. PowerPoint is a wonderful tool for tutors.
You can share your educational content using a video-sharing website like YouTube or Vimeo. You can also sell your course materials to students by creating a private YouTube or Vimeo channel where only your students can see the videos you’ve created. There are many websites like eldemy.com or lait.io where you can create and sell your courses.
7. Video Conferencing Tool
Recently, video conferencing tools become an essential tool for delivering online classes. You can not only provide lectures in real-time but also you can share files, record your classes and share your screen with your students. Some most popular video conferencing tools are Zoom, Skype, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams.
Based on your teaching method, you may not need all seven items I have mentioned in this article. For example, if you create learning content and videos and upload to a learning website to sell, so that students can use them at their own time, then you don’t need any video conferencing tool. First, find your teaching method and then look for the appropriate resources and tools to deliver tuition online.