Are you thinking of applying for a tutor training program? Has your tutoring experience and knowledge led you to think about a career in tutoring? Good news: you already have buckets of experience to help you secure a position on a course, and more considerably to help you in the classroom. Here are some important skills online tutoring gives you to enhance your teaching practice:
1) You are able to help your student’s progress
Teachers are mostly engaged in order to assist struggling students or to challenge more able students. Necessarily, you will have a lot of experience and knowledge targeting particular areas of a subject or topics in order to assist your student’s progress and improve. This is entirely crucial in classroom teaching, where your abilities to assist one student will be transferred to a whole class. Arguably, the whole point of tutoring is to assist your students enhance certain skills, and so this attribute of tutoring will surely improve your teaching practice.
2) You have wide curriculum knowledge
As a teacher, you may have had to research and study areas of your subject you were not so confident about in order to coach your students. This shows that you are able to undertake private tuition in order to develop your subject knowledge and skill. Moreover, as a student or recent graduate, you should still have a extremely broad knowledge of your subjects or lessons, refined over the course of your degree. You will thus have very recent subject knowledge to give you confidence when teaching in the classroom.
3) You can plan interesting and relevant lessons
As a teacher, you will have planned many, many lessons for your scholars, and naturally you will be overjoyed to learn that this never stops! You have a vast amount of experience planning both for individual lessons and for a long ‘scheme of work’, perhaps taking your students up to the examination period in the summer vacations. This will permit you to approach lesson-planning in school with various ideas up your sleeves and with an awareness of what makes an excellent lesson: an interesting starting, a section of teacher-led discussion, followed by self study and a final ‘plenary’ to consolidate the learning that has taken place.
4) You can assess work
You will have marked lots of work your students have sent you, and as the online tutoring site is mostly used by exam students, you will have a detailed knowledge of assessment objectives and marking criteria, permitting you to teach lessons or topics directly imparting what the examiners expect to see in students’ papers. You will have lots of experience and knowledge teasing out which assessment objectives is being met in which sections of work, and giving appropriate grades and marks. Of course, this is a important part of teaching in the classroom, let you to assess your students’ skill – and you can also earn a bit of extra money after qualifying as a tutor by marking examination scripts!
5) You are able to engage your students
Finally, as discussed above, tutoring over the internet without being present in the room is difficult. Thus, you have to use all of the resources available to you in order to interest your students and offer engaging lessons. You are used to using colors, videos, pictures, music, different tones of voice and gestures in order to impart information and allow your students to learn. Above all, you have experience manipulating the interactive aspects of the classroom to engage your students with your lessons, encourage them to type, annotate and draw, directly responding to your learning prompts. This kinesthetic mode of learning can greatly improve your school lessons, making the learning more memorable and unforgettable for your students. Don’t forget all of the techniques you have used online to motivate your distance learners when teaching in the classroom!
Therefore, it is clear that tutoring, particularly with online platforms offers excellent preparation for teaching in schools. If you are interested in such a career path, then do some additional research online or spend some time conducting work experience in a local school to decide whether or not it’s the job for you. As a school educator, you can continue to develop these skills; in order to foster a love of learning and to assist your students achieve educational success.