In the times of Covid-19, tutoring shifted to a complete virtual avatar, bringing new challenges in front of teachers to conduct a remote class effectively. Tutors, even experienced ones, are struggling to engage with the students while conducting remote classes. The fears are real because you never know when your students, with their eyes still wide open, conveniently tune to Netflix and chill. Sounds scary, isn’t it?
Do you know what is scarier? Not boosting your virtual tutoring game! Fret not, we’ve got your back. It is time to keep your students at the edge of their seats and buckle them up for effective learning with our list of tips on tutoring.
We present to you a capsule of ideas to make virtual tutoring easier!
A learning experience should be a calm one; it should not be chaotic. Thus, you can start your daily lessons with prayers or spread positive energies across screens. This gives the students a sense of mindfulness and keeps them fresh throughout the lessons.
Today’s generation has their brains wired to process information for short bursts of time. Imagine those eyes staring at the screen for long hours; this makes their attention span shorter. Thus, delivering bite-sized lessons is a super tip! Plan lessons in small chunks to ensure that the information can be grasped at ease. This will help the students to recall and review information.
Spaced out content
Content that is cramped up in the spaces looks like word diarrhea and triggers the brain to skip it. Thus, ensure that the information which is presented in front of the bubbling students has a good format and is spaced out neatly. You can deliver content in different formats including, text, videos, and panel discussions.
Mine the gap
There are scores of students who have different learning capacities and knowledge. It is significant to ensure that all the students are on the same page. Thus, mine the knowledge gap by introducing basic concepts and touching the base after regular intervals of time. Give a combination of guidance and direction to propel learning.
Respect your space
The digital era and work from home are all about pings, alerts, calls, and reminders. You need to keep your distance from devices, which may distract you, and ask your students to follow the same.
Merely listening to comprehension can be very difficult for students; thus, repetition of content would ensure that the learning process is reinforced. Toss away the idea that repetition is eating your teaching time; is it merely making it stronger.
Make time for fun
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”! This phrase is very true when it comes to virtual lessons, especially when the interaction is limited and monotonous. Thus, make sure that there is a reason your students look forward to your class. Have 5 minutes for virtual play such as rapid-fire rounds or team games.
Consider visual entertainment
An overload of information would make the class very boring, thus ensuring that you have tabs for visual entertainment to keep the students hooked. This will help the students to rest their eyes on visual entertainment away from the bombardment of monologues.
Why is visual entertainment is necessity?
- Fun-filled activities motivate students to learn better
- It helps improve healthy competition amongst students
- It keeps the enthusiasm alive
- Small rewards go a long way in encouraging students
- Use of visual media in teaching – a sure-shot strategy to fun-Filled learning
- Memory Recall – Extra assuring benefit of fun-learning
- Lastly, education can be made more effective
Use expressive body language
Body language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not the wordsDeborah Bull
It is convenient to switch off the camera and deliver lessons; however, to give a personalized touch to the class, you need to be virtually present there. Make sure you are dressed well, use hand gestures and facial expressions to pack your class with zeal and zest.
Pause and shoot questions
Monotonous lessons pack their minds with a sheer burden; we surely don’t want that. Rushing through chunks of information merely clogs their brains; what can be a better solution? Pause and ask away questions. There is something affirming about the answers, which give you a clear idea that the students are on the same track as you!
Encourage team collaboration
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so muchHelen Keller
Collaborative work always leads to open discussions and opens the gates of their minds to welcome different perspectives. Push the young minds into the pool of thinking, and you will be surprised with the novel ideas and archaic beliefs that they have. Inculcate alternative thinking and watch your students climb up the graph of thinking and learning.
Review learning outcomes
Imagine investing hours of time, effort, and energy to deliver lessons with zero outcomes. Thus, it is very important to review the learning outcomes. Shoot impromptu questions, set up debates on specific topics, or give them virtual class activities.
Here is something for you, we have got a capsule of ‘bonus ideas‘.
- Give students the topic in advance so that they can conduct their research and come back with chunks of information
- Explore each tangent of a lesson to keep all the students on the same page
- Ask repetitive questions where your students made a mistake in the past
- Add extra external links to ensure that students can stay engaged even after the virtual class comes to an end
- Allow your students to start a debate and express their views to keep them connected
- Use a string of apps and software to make the process of learning fun and easy
- Bring experts from industries to the virtual class to introduce a new perspective
Entering the new advanced era may bombard you with a plethora of challenges; however, we’re sure with these swarms of ideas on virtual tutoring, you can make learning fun and engage. Are you ready to bring in energy and passion for strengthening the foundation of online learning? Fret not; we vouch to resolve all your dilemmas and bombard you with ideas that work.