Online Tutoring from India Part-2

Welcome to my second post in this series! You can read my first post in this series by clicking here. I invite you to share your experience as an online tutor with me and do leave your comments on my posts. For aspiring online tutors from India/abroad, feel free ask me any questions that you have. You can reply to this post and I always make it a point to reply to every single post. If you would like to share this post with your friends, do tweet it using the tweet button at the end of this post.

In this post, I’ll give you an overview on the common modes of assistance which can be provided for students online. Online tutoring can be delivered in either of these two modes:

  • Synchronous
  • Asynchronous

Synchronous E-learning

This is more commonly known as live class sessions. The instructor and the student(s) will be online at a preset time and will interact with each other in a live meeting. The instructor can employ multimedia tools along with live voice and video sharing with the students.

Synchronous E-Learning

This mode of instruction is generally preferred by students who seek assistance in the form of a regular tuition or by those who would like to discuss and/or clarify doubts on a certain topic. I have also used this mode of teaching to demonstrate simple experiments in science for my students and was able to observe a very positive response from them.

Some students contact with such a requirement, seeking assistance for completion of online tests or assignments. Personally, I abstain from providing such assistance as a policy as it is not ethical to involve in such a practice.

While scheduling sessions, it is essential to verify the time zone of the learner and note the time difference. There are many different time zones and some countries follow a system known as daylight saving time (DST). Since this topic is beyond the focus of this post, you can click here to know more about time zone conversions.

Conduction of such sessions would require the assistance of online platforms. There are a number of online platforms which are available for free and on payment basis. I will discuss about these in my next post under this series.

Asynchronous e-learning

This mode of tutoring is preferred, in general, by pre-university, university and research students. This mode doesn’t require scheduling meetings at preset times. There is no real-time interaction between the instructor and the student(s).

This mode is more flexible and is done at the convenience of the instructor and the learner. The instructor normally posts the instructions on their web page, blog or a learning management system (LMS). The student(s) get them and work on them at their own convenient time. I personally feel that this mode allows the student to be more expressive with their ideas. Interaction between the instructor and the student(s) takes place through email and posts on the blog or an LMS. I will be writing about these tools in my next post.

Asynchronous E-Learning

This mode of tutoring requires promptness in replying to student posts and e-mails from the instructor’s end. I have had a lot of students complain to me that their earlier instructors were unsatisfactory on grounds of delayed response to their posts and mails.

A good online tutor must consider the student’s mail as top priority and must respond to them as soon as possible. In this era of IM and push mail,  tutors must aspire to take up greater responsibility in keeping their students motivated throughout their course of study. Since there is no live interaction, a prompt reply will make the learner feel more comfortable and confident in their approach to the course.

My next post in this series will be on the different platforms which are available for e-learning. Do leave your comments on this post. If you want to share this post with your friends, click on the tweet button at the end of this post.

Happy reading!


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