Online tutors are invariably an indispensible part of online education however there are two kinds of students who resort to them, one being the regular online learning student and the other is the regular student but who refers to online tutorials just for specific topics or doubts and related assistance. Also as a matter of fact, online education is mostly of higher education levels but online tutors can offer lower academic level lessons keeping in mind those second category of students who are currently in secondary school but need a little guidance through the tough topics of science, math etc and likes of them. Though online tutoring is a relatively new concept which started in the last decade but has caught up very speedily to establish itself as an alternative form of education instead of being just an optional reference in cases. And due to this reason online tutors sometimes encounter a feeling of inadequacy and novice as this is a new medium and is majorly different in its styles and theories of functioning. We will thus discuss things that may come to help to every online tutor out there.
Communication is the most primary and important key when it comes to online tutoring. You should have great communication skills to express your views and ideas accurately to the students. And this requires emphasis because through the medium of internet you lack the effectiveness of an actual presence in a classroom and thus a distant communication is the only way you could explain things to people. Concurrently, it should be simple crisp and to the point with an objective to reach the solution in a smarter and quicker way. A point to keep in mind here is, ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ are the two key words synonymous to things on the internet and hence dragged lengthy lectures may not be that favored in online education.
Next important things are your knowledge and approach. Subject matter expertise is very essential as there are a lot of information available over the internet and if you don’t provide fresh and updated inputs in your concerned area of studies you may lack the competitive factor in today’s world.
It is advisable that you maintain a solution driven approach in your teachings and employ innovative ways of explaining the concepts of a topic that will help in understanding the fundamentals of the matter in concern. Also you should design your course in a comprehensive and easily comprehendible way which would cater to every grade of student as due to the slight lack of direct one to one interaction you may not be able to gauge a student’s merit accurately enough. Hence you should have a certain level of flexibility so that you are accessible to one and all easily.
Patience is another essential element to be a successful online tutor. It is understandable that as it is online you will come across few unwanted traffic too and also various kinds of people who should be dealt with patience only. This quality also helps you keep strong from your humble beginnings in this field till you attain a certain recognition across the online world.