A Basic Guide To Online Tutoring – Let The Classes Continue From Distance

Mar 25, 2020

Online tutoring comes with a host of benefits. For example,

You can be anywhere in the world pursuing any degree of your choice, but that would not stop you from teaching somebody in the opposite end of the world.
Thanks to online tutoring, you can now host your lessons from even the convenience of your own drawing-room provided you have a working PC and a steady internet connection.

In this article, I will provide you with a complete guide to online tutoring in simple and lucid details. If you are thinking of giving it a go, this guide may really come in handy for you.

So how can you get yourself started?

It’s easy. As I said, you will need nothing more than a working computer and a steady internet connection.

Online tutoring doesn’t exactly need a host of costly tools, gadgets, or software to get into. A few of the basic and easily available software in the market is more than capable of doing the tutoring job for you.

Note: You may need a webcam along with your PC for hosting real-time video lessons with your student. Although the webcam isn’t exactly compulsory for online tutoring, it is heavily recommended for you to get one to up your tutoring credibility, on the whole.

The wonders of Skype

Skype can easily be one of your best bets to get into the online tutoring business. It is easily available on the internet, free, and can be downloaded at a moment’s notice.  

With the aid of Skype, you will be able to engage in video conferencing with your student(s) and do a host of other stuff required for improving the overall productivity of your session(s).

Key features of Skype include:

  • Instant messaging.
  • Calls between Skype and mobile/landline numbers.
  • Voicemail.
  • Video calling.
  • Screen sharing.
  • SMS text messaging.
  • Document and image sharing.
  • Emoticons.

So you can very well see that almost all the features required for your tutoring sessions are more or less covered by this wonderful tool.

How about going for a platform that comes with the “virtual whiteboard” advantage?

If you are really serious about turning online tutoring into a full-time professional business, this option is an absolute must for you to go. Yes, it does come at a price, but the ROI would make it worth it.

So what exactly is a virtual whiteboard?

A virtual whiteboard is quite similar to that of the classroom board providing almost the same functionalities. It’s just that a virtual whiteboard exists in the virtual world (i.e., inside a computerized environment) and the classroom board exists in reality.  

Regarding “whiteboard-supported online tutoring platforms,” your options are definitely not limited. MyPrivateTutor can be an excellent example.

Sharing Presentations? How about Google Slides?

Google Slides is an integral part of your Google Drive that you can access and share for free.

It’s a very handy little tool that you can use to share PPT presentations in the blink of an eye. The very same thing is also applicable to your student sitting on the opposite end. 

How to promote your online tutoring business among the masses

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Social media seems to be the obvious choice of the lot but you need to realize that social media promotions don’t exactly turn into a success on a single day. It needs time and patience.

You must chalk up innovative ideas to promote yourself on the internet through various posts, images, infographics, blogs, and other similar things.

Your second option is to sign yourself up on an established tutoring platform. The signup may require some nominal investments, but it will be worth the money for sure.

How to accept payments

For accepting overseas payments, the easiest and the safest option should be to opt for PayPal.

For domestic payments, NEFT, IMPS, virtual wallet transactions, and UPI can easily do the trick for you.

So you see the toughest part of online tutoring is to get a firm grip on the subject(s). The rest of the things are just a piece of cake.

Stay home – stay safe. Let learning continue from distance.

Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes educational content periodically for MyPrivateTutor Malaysia and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got more than 5 years of experience in digital marketing, SEO and graphic designing.

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