With today’s fast changing world, online tutoring is gaining importance like anything. It is important that the best practices are followed by the tutor while teaching students online since in online instructor-led teaching mechanism the student and teacher don’t see each other hence having sound communication is mandatory to make sure that the training experience is smooth and streamlined. Follow these simple online teaching best practices and become the best tutor of the world!
We, as part of Uplatz, the UK-based leading SAP training provider, have jotted down some salient points that need to be taken care of while providing tutor-led online training.
We call these the 10 commandments of online training.
- Greetings – Say Hello (any greeting that you feel comfortable with) and then the student’s name. Calling out the student with name builds a good rapport with the student at the word go.
- Doubts from previous class – Ask the students if they completed the assignment, practice, self-study, etc. on the topics you have covered in the last class and if they have any query/doubt on the same.
- Summarize the topics covered in last class – Always summarize to your students in brief whatever you covered in the last class. This quickly refreshes the topics covered in the last class and builds a strong momentum.
- List the topics that will be covered in today’s class – Set their expectation on what they will learn today, this makes the students feel that you are structured and this helps them get prepared besides increasing their confidence and trust in you.
- Explanation of what you are doing on the system – Don’t just run the system as an expert, put yourself in student’s shoes and accept the fact that they are new to the system navigation.
- Patience to listen – Getting students’ confirmation on whether they are able to grasp the content, because in the online classes you don’t see facial expressions hence it becomes imperative to ask about whether the student is following you.
- Do not rush – You loose your student’s confidence as soon as you start to rush on any topic. Also this creates a non-desirable learning experience for the student. Be patient enough to listen fully to the student and don’t just start giving your answer without even understanding the student’s query or by interrupting the student’s question in between.
- Be interactive: Don’t just teach, interact with your students, ask for input from students while teaching them, it is perfectly all right if they can’t answer a particular question but this will prevent them from falling asleep in your class or becoming inattentive or loosing motivation.
- Give 5 minutes break every hour – Break refreshes the environment and rejuvenates the students increasing their grasping power and concentration. It helps you too to relax a bit!
- Mandatory items – Make sure that you have a good internet connection, headphone, laptop is fully charged or connected continuously to power source, there is no background noise. Speak slowly and clearly.
Remember that it’s not only your expertise on the subject or your knowledge that matters in an online training class, it is the ‘communication skills’ and other soft skills besides polite behavior that really makes a difference.
So, just keep in mind these 10 commandments of truth for online training!
Happy teaching, online!