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Long Distance Tutoring Guide for Teacher

long-distance-tutoring-guide-for-teacherThere are just such a large number of hours in a school day — and for a few understudies, it’s sufficiently not. Whether they’re get ready for government sanctioned testing or attempting to make up for lost time to their review level, understudies today regularly require help outside of customary classroom hours. Much of the time, remaining after school for coaching sessions simply isn’t an alternative, which brings about defenseless understudies getting left considerably assist behind.

Fortunately, new separation learning advances are evolving that. Presently, instructors can associate with understudies for all intents and purposes utilizing a group of virtual mentoring devices. For instance, educators can utilize the product application Skype to associate with student by means of video for web based mentoring sessions. Also, more propelled instruments like Scribblar are custom-made particularly for separation coaching and incorporate supportive elements like online tests and a virtual “whiteboard,” which makes remove learning feel fundamentally the same as the genuine article. The outcome? Understudies get the additional help they frantically require without leaving home, while numerous educators can help understudies encourage succeed while maybe getting a charge out of another income stream.

# Choosing the Right Virtual Tools for the Right Students

Certain virtual tutoring tools work best for different grade levels. For example, the easy-to-use Skype interface is ideal for all grade levels, including elementary schoolers, while the more advanced interface of Scribblr may be too complicated for younger students to utilize. Khan Academy, a free online resource that offers practice exercises and instructional videos in a wide range of subjects, has many lessons that are tailored to elementary, middle, and high schoolers. Some of the third-party apps and websites that teachers can sign up to tutor under, like Varsity Tutors, is aimed at all grade levels from kindergarten to grad school, though much of the focus is on test prep. Meanwhile, the tutor app Quickhelp, called the “Uber for tutors,” is only available for college students.

Consider the pros and cons of these common long distance tutoring tools to ensure you’re using the best tutoring methods for you and your students:

# Skype

A web application that enables video and audio calls over the internet.

Pros: The app is free to use with an internet connection and a webcam, which comes built in on most laptops and desktop computers today. The video feature makes it easy for tutors to “read” students’ expressions so they can better ascertain whether a student truly understands a concept.

Cons: Skype wasn’t built for tutoring in mind, so it’s missing valuable tutoring tools like a whiteboard feature. Plus, if the student or tutor’s internet connection is slow, “buffering” problems may arise, interrupting the tutoring session.

# Scribblar

An online collaborative tutoring platform.

Pros: Like Skype, Scribblar provides a video interface to further connect with students. As private tutor Angela Culley says, “the video and audio components allow me to read a student’s expressions and comments just as I would in person.” It also provides a whiteboard tool and powerful graph and calculation tools, making it easy to work out math problems online with students.

Cons: A paid subscription is required to access all the useful features. Inputting math symbols onto the whiteboard can also be hard, unless you’ve memorized each symbol’s keyboard code.

# Quickhelp

Called the “Uber for tutors,” it allows college students to put out a request for tutors through the app and get responses for immediate help from tutors in the area.

Pros: Doesn’t require planning a tutoring session in advance, so it’s extremely flexible. If students only need one-off tutoring, like before a big test, the app allows for that.

Cons: While it allows online and Skype-based tutoring, the emphasis is on in-person tutoring, making it less than ideal for distance learning. Plus, only graduate students can sign up to be tutors, so teachers who are not in grad school won’t be able to use the app.

# Varsity Tutors

An online platform that connects top tutors to students in need of help.

Pros: The company recently launched an app, making it easier than ever to get and give tutoring help on the go. A whiteboard and document editor are useful online tools, and students can screenshot their homework worksheets so tutors can review immediately.

Cons: Unlike the Quickhelp app, Varsity Tutors doesn’t offer on-demand tutoring — though the company says that’s in the works. Right now, tutors can only work with their regular students through the app.

# Khan Academy

A global “classroom” that offers lessons on a variety of academic subjects for a wide range of learning levels, all for free.

Pros: Teachers can monitor students’ progress through a “teacher’s dashboard,” but they don’t have to teach the lessons themselves.

Cons: Unlike the other entries on this list, Khan Academy lessons are not live and therefore are not super customizable to individual students.