Since the arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we find ourselves living in strange and unpredictable times. A walk with the dog, or a jog around the garden or village has become the highlight of the day. School is out for most students and it’s not even summer. Luckily teachers have access to modern technology so that they can set work, mark it and offer feedback to their students.
Certainly my son is dismayed by the large amount of work he is being set by his teachers, but just because school and many exams have been paused the learning doesn’t stop.
Working only at home and online may be new to many school children, but tutors like myself have been offering a mixture of face-to-face and online lessons for several years now. In fact it is fascinating to be able to reach such a wide range of students, from different regions and educational backgrounds via online tutoring using tools such as Skype, where you can share documents, screens, notes and talk at the same time.
Some people may still prefer the traditional face-to-face setting for tutorials, but there are definitely some advantages of online tutoring, especially in communication based subjects like modern languages or English.
1. Firstly you save on travel time and travel expenses. This means that it is sometimes easier to extend the lesson time if necessary.
2. The webcam can be turned on and off as the student pleases.
3. Both tutor and student are working from the familiarity of their own surroundings.
4. It is easy to send documents and links via Skype, or a pdf copy of the lesson notes.
5. Lessons can be done from any location; or even on holiday (if you are really keen).
6. It’s easier to find a tutor who specialises in certain examinations or specialist subjects.
7. There is no chance of catching a cold, flu or any other virus!