The look on people's faces when I tell them that I tutor online is that of fear, confusion, amazement, interest but doubt, and the list can go on and on. But I tell you that there are many benefits of online tutoring.
I can work anywhere that has a very good internet connection and still tutor my students. Not only that but parents don't have to pick up their children from where ever they are and drop them off to see me. Then pick them up to go home.
When I start a lesson I don't have to worry about taking a long time to get started because we have to get settled and then cut 10 minutes off of the lesson at the end because the students are watching the clock waiting for it to be over.
Parents who are divorced don't have to worry about one parent not being able to drive to tutoring because it is done in their own home.
Parents can email the homework to me so I can then create lessons around those skills.
I live in Iowa so the winters can get very dangerous. I don't have to worry about my students or myself driving in bad weather. We can be cozy warm and safe in our respective homes while on the internet.
Children love to be on the computer, so online tutoring is a good thing for them. It gives them a chance to be on the computer and learn something new at the same time.
I make it fun for them to learn. My lessons are 50 minutes long with a 10 minute brain break. This is a time when they can play constructive games. If the student is using an Ipad or computer, I am able to give the student control over my screen and then they can play a game.
The student can also be relaxed because they don't have to worry about what the other people around them are thinking like they would if we were meeting at the library. For example, students have been able to act silly during the session and still get a lot of work completed for the session.
Same as In Person
Technology has changed to the point where tutoring online is no different than tutoring in person. I still get to see my student as they are working and ask them questions based on their answers or what I see them doing.
For example if the student is supposed to be writing down notes on a note card and they are not, I ask why. They usually get started after that.
My name is Stena Schmitt.
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