Readiness helps online teachers provide an effective, efficient, and satisfying learning experience. Prepare to teach online by following the guidelines below:
- Check everything you need to start.
Inspect if you have the correct equipment such as a wired Internet connection plugged into a laptop or a desktop computer, a headset with external microphone, and a clear webcam. Test if they all work beforehand to avoid any technical problems that might occur during a lesson. Troubleshooting is time consuming whether doing it yourself or consulting a computer expert.
- Set up an adequate working space.
It is important to have a decent place to conduct your classes. It should be free from distractions and noise. It affects the class and can be a ground for a student’s complaint.
- Know the essential websites.
Be knowledgeable regarding where things are. Log in your assigned username and password. Learn the contents of the site to understand how to work on it better.
- Do your homework.
Study the subject carefully to have an idea of what you are going to teach your student. What method of approach will you provide? Do not assume anything from the student and try to be familiar with his expectations instead.
- Have the important contact information.
Important contact information will come in handy. When working either office- or home-based, you must know who and how to notify in case of work-related situations – for example; Internet connection problem, teacher’s schedule and attendance, and other concerns.
- Keep track of your time.
Monitor the time. You should log in your class according to the schedule. Conduct the class for the required lesson time. Extension of class is upon approval, yet you should start and finish on time especially when having consecutive classes.
- Find out who your student is.
Be aware of the students’ names, log in details, and materials used in classes. Avoid finding yourself without that essential information because it would be inconvenient to look for it in the last minute.
- Master technology.
It would be better for you to learn how to navigate computers since you will be communicating with the student using the machine for most of the class time. Being familiar with your devices can help you a lot during your class.
- Inhale. Exhale.
The experience of studying a language online can be frightening for students as you are nervous teaching it. Be an active listener and a sensible conversant at the same time. Breathe, relax, and smile!
Online teaching is a wonderful opportunity. Experience it with us by sending your updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or communicating via Skype:jpnetworkhrd