Online Tutoring Responsibilities
It has been established that an online teaching environment is not the same as the classroom environment. To create successful teaching outcomes we must first know what it takes for this process to work. All parties involved in this process must take responsibility and share their part. So what are some of the responsibilities of teachers, online tutors, online students and their parents?
- Parent responsibilities
Know your child: Parents should know their children, but it is usually easier said than done. For instance, it is not enough to know your child’s academic progress but knowing your child’s needs and interests can set ground for a favorable outcome when choosing your child’s tutor. It is important to remember that you are not choosing tutor for yourself but for your child.
Staying involved and tracking your child’s learning progress can benefit your child in the long run substantially. Most likely you should meet and speak with your child’s tutor or stay for a session. Do not seem overbearing when it comes to monitoring and do not go overboard as such behavior can scare a potentially good tutor. But check up on the overall progress and collect feedback from the tutor after each session.
Establish your desired outcomes and keep constant feedback: A parent should know their child’s academic needs. With this said a parent’s responsibility is to establish the desired goals before hand with the tutor and inform the tutor of the child’s present learning needs and progress thus far. Keeping a constant communication is the key to making online tutoring a success. Exchanging information and taking the time out before each online lesson to talk about the child’s progress is beneficial for all parties involved.
Express your interest in your child’s online learning: Take the time out of your busy day to ask your child how he or she is doing. When doing so, do not just ask generic questions such as ”How was school today”, be more specific and know exactly what your child’s needs improvement on. This goes back to the section on knowing your child, your child is aware if you are genuinely interested and if you are this make a significant impact on the child’s learning. Knowing details about your child’s progress is the key to collecting successful feedback from the tutor. This can be done if you do not know the subject well yourself, you can easily gather this information from their prior teachers by asking what their weaknesses and strength are.
Establish a routine for school work:
Teachers do their fair of teaching, but even the best teaching and coaching is not enough if the student does not do his or her part. Parents need to understand that teaching your children the proper work ethic goes a long way in helping them in the future. It is well understood that if students are taught early how to be independent they can guide themselves in becoming independent learners as well as independent thinkers.
Students who are organized are more likely to succeed! Making sure that your child sets time to complete the assigned tasks is essential in that child’s success. In this case both the parents and students need to understand that realistically speaking tutoring sessions will not compensate for all the missed work that a child needs to complete in a given semester and they should not be treated as such. The purpose of tutoring sessions is to explain concepts to students so that students will be inspired to learn more on their own and are able to complete work on their own. (especially important during assessments). Students need to be realistic when setting a tutoring session with the tutor. Expecting a tutor to complete a whole semester of learning in two or three sessions is not a realistic expectation.
Know the grades: Monitor your child’s progress on a regular basis. Keep track of the grades earned. Ask appropriate questions, spark your child’s interest in his or her grades by setting an example.
Connect with other parents: Share your success stories with other parents. Seek guidance and advice from parents with similar experiences and or struggles as you. New technology such as chats, forums etc. allows parents to stay connected and share their experiences with each other.
- Student responsibilities
Some of these student tips will ensure a student’s success and help to create a mutual learning environment of respect and understanding.
- Assert yourself in a positive way. This is a great life skill that goes beyond the classroom. Students need to be taught how to present themselves in an appropriate way so that teachers/ tutors know them and know how to assist them. Knowing a student goes a long way in helping that student.
Be as specific as possible when asking questions. Ask appropriate, material related questions. This could range from how to do a specific procedure to how much time should be spend on doing certain problems. Stay positive no matter what the situation is.
- Communicate efficiently with detail your difficulties to your teachers. This applies to your difficulties in understanding the material, moreover take some time out to understand your weaknesses when examining a certain material.
- Prioritize your time. It is better to over study then understudy. Allocate your time efficiently so you do not have to cram! Remember doing the bare minimum will not yield you optimal results.
Do not be afraid to exceed your limits and overwork your self, your efforts will pay off in the end.
Make creative ways to remember the material you learned. With modern tools such as instagram, facebook, pinterest people are sharing their learning and showcasing their progress. Sharing will encourage you to learn more. Look at creating ways to catalogue your efforts online as well as on paper. Keep colorful materials handy when doing creative work.
- Attend class on a regular basis. Attend all tutoring sessions are recommended by your tutor/teacher.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people and peers. Seek people who can help you and form study groups when possible. Look into online materials, manuals and books to help you succeed. Be patient with your learning and remember that learning progress takes time.
- Online Tutor Responsibilities
- Connecting online with students of all ages to provide homework help and tutoring in the subjects for which you have demonstrated expertise.
- Guiding students to understand the topics they bring to each tutoring session.
- Encouraging students to engage actively with their topics to build deeper understanding.
- Helping build student confidence in their ability to learn and to understand challenging concepts.
- Using state of the art online tools such as an interactive whiteboard, voice and chat communication, and application sharing.
- Classifying each session according to the scope and sequence of the topics discussed.