How To Teach Online Classes

What you need to do as a teacher to start teaching online classes

Teaching online classes in remote places

No matter where you are, you can teach and learn with online classes!

The vast majority of broadband internet connections are good enough for online classes. Although you don’t need to know the technicalities (simply test your connection with a friend remotely using a platform such as Skype, Facetime, Messenger or Google Hangouts), for Skype video calls for example, a minimum of 400kbps upload and download speed is recommended… which is usually well under what the most basic and slow connection has! Most broadband connections provide at least 1000kbps.

Set up a Paypal account or equivalent, for accepting payments online, then students can pay by direct deposit or with debit or credit cards etc. When using this service, I request that payment is made prior to the lesson.

Have a wide range of teaching material email ready for a range of different ability levels.

Set up your teaching room. Make sure your camera is angled and adjusted to give the clearest picture for demonstration and also make sure you have good lighting in the room, so your student/s can see you clearly.

If you’ve not taught online classes before, offer some free lessons so you can practise this new way of teaching. I taught for 8 hours before I was sure I could offer a great service I could charge for.

Get your terms and conditions prepared, make sure your students are aware if them:
• Payment: How much? When to receive payment? Refunds? How will students pay?
• Cancellation: How much notice should you receive? Will you reschedule lessons?
• Technical interruptions: What will you do if this happens during a lesson?
• Equipment: What software and hardware should your students have in order to interact successfully in online classes?

Above all, make your lessons fun!

April 13, 2013
  1. CarolynShoe said on April 21, 2013 2:32 pm:

    I’ve found that students like getting the lesson material by email beforehand, so they can practice and then give you their best rather than worst performance. Don’t know if that works with music or other subjects, but it works with languages!

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