Tools You Need for Your Online Teaching Business
Online tutoring has become a growing business in recent years for several reasons:
- Increased access to technology: With the widespread availability of high-speed internet and affordable devices, more and more people have the ability to participate in online tutoring.
- Flexibility: Online teaching allows students to receive tutoring from anywhere, at any time, making it a convenient option for busy families and students.
- Greater availability of tutors: Online teaching platforms allow students to connect with tutors from all over the world, increasing the chances of finding a tutor who is a good fit.
- COVID-19 pandemic: With many schools and universities closed, or moved to online instruction, the need for tutoring services increases.
- Cost-effective: Online teaching is often more affordable than traditional in-person tutoring, making it accessible to a wider range of students.
- Variety of subjects: The variety of subjects that are covered by online tutoring is wider than in-person tutoring, the student can find a tutor that specializes in a specific area.
- Convenience: Online tutoring can be done from the comfort of home, avoiding the hassle of transportation and time spent traveling.
All these factors have contributed to making online tutoring a growing and popular option for students and families seeking additional help with their studies. In order to make your first online teaching session with a student an engaging, interactive, and productive experience, as outlined in part one of “Work From Home Tutoring,” it is important to have the necessary tools at your disposal. One such essential tool is a whiteboard, which can be used to effectively communicate with your student. Here are a few tools that could be useful for an online tutoring business:
Video conferencing software: This allows for real-time communication between the tutor and student. Examples include Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype.
Online whiteboard: Allows the tutor and student to collaborate and write on a virtual whiteboard during the tutoring session. Examples include Adobe Connect and Microsoft Whiteboard.
Tutoring management software: Allows you to schedule sessions, record attendance, and manage billing and payments. Examples include TutorMe, My TutorHub, and TutorRoom.
Learning management system (LMS): A tool to manage your lessons, quizzes, and assignments, and track the progress of students. Examples include Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, and Schoology.
Screen recording software: Allows you to record the teaching session for future reference or for students who were unable to attend the live session. Examples include Camtasia and Loom
File-sharing apps like Google Drive or Dropbox for sharing materials, assignments, or homework
Communication tools like email, chat, and messaging apps for student-tutor interaction outside the session.