With the introduction of video chat apps that are often free to use, tutors have the ability to help students all over the world at the touch of a button. There’s no longer any need to make long commutes or punch a time clock to prove you were in the right location at the right time, but, just like an in-house job, online tutoring using video chatting apps comes with its own set of do’s and don’ts. Check out these tips to be the best tutor you can be – from any location.
Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T use a faulty app or internet connection.
If the video chatting app you plan to use lags frequently or is prone to glitches, switch to a different one. Skype and Oovoo are both platforms you can sign up to use for free, and are widely regarded as some of the best video chatting apps. However, you video chatting experience will still be subpar if you’re stuck on dial-up internet, or your signal at home fades frequently. Head to your local library or a friend’s house if your internet is too slow or unreliable. Here is a full overview of video chat services.
Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T wear your pajamas.
Just because you may be working from the comfort of your couch, it doesn’t mean you get to dress like it! Remember that you reflect your company’s image every time you tutor a client and that you are expected to act and dress professionally. Wear outfits that you would choose if you were meeting the client.
Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T set up in a crowded or active area.
If you’re planning on setting up a tutoring session at your home, make sure you do so in an area where you won’t be interrupted by your parents, children, or dogs. If that’s not possible, relocate to a library study room or other quiet areas. This way, you’ll be able to focus entirely on the lesson at hand instead of what’s going on around you. This is especially important for explaining technical subjects involving economics homework.
Video Chat Etiquette 101: Lastly, DON’T forget your headphones.
Even after you’ve set up in a quiet space, small background noises can still interfere with communicating with your client. Using headphones is the best way to eliminate background noise, and it ensures your lesson won’t interrupt the peace and quiet of anyone around you.
Before each tutoring session, make sure you’ve checked all of the above off your to-do list. Both you and your client will be able to focus and learn as much as possible!