Firstly, sign-in and make a listing and make sure to be clear that you are offering sessions as part of the £5 for 45 campaign. Use the campaign name £5 for 45 in the title.
It’s important to reply promptly to messages received on the platform. This will ensure you can plan the times and days for your sessions in advance, therefore earning as much pocket money as possible for yourself and helping families effectively.
Use Zoom to conduct your session
Zoom is a suitable platform for online tutoring. It is easy to sign up to, free for all one-to-one calls and is straightforward to use. If your client (i.e the parents of the child you are tutoring) would prefer to use a different application eg Google Hangouts this is suitable also.
With Zoom, the clients do not need to have an account to attend a video meeting. However you, the tutor, will need to have an account to provide a link to the video meeting to your client. To do this:
- Google “zoom video call”
- Create an account with your email and password
- Under “Personal” click into “Meetings” and “Schedule a Meeting”
- The website/app will prompt you to include participants emails and provide a dial-in number
A follow-up email to the parent/s
It would be helpful to send a short email to the parents keeping them in the loop of what’s been covered in the session if you don’t get a chance to speak with them during the Zoom call. This can also help set the plan in motion for following lessons.
To charge payments, you would need to connect your account to MyPocketSkill platform by doing the following:
Point to your profile
Insert bank account details
Although it’s not necessary to do hours of preparation in advance, it’s important to be a little prepared for the session. If it’s your initial contact with the family, you should know beforehand what subjects they need help with, the age of their child, etc. For each session you should have an idea of how you will help the child to learn - an activity or two, talking them through what’s asked of them, etc.
Introduce yourself and the session plan
Say hello and give a brief introduction of yourself - name, age, education level, where you’re from. If it’s not your first session, have a brief chat about how they’ve been finding the work, how they feel about what has been planned for today’s session.
Setting out the plan for the session is an important step in providing direction to your session. Everyone should have a clear idea of what is going to be achieved/ worked on in the session, and it should be manageable within the 45 minutes time frame.
Conduct the session
Begin your session and work through the material. It’s important to check in with the child to make sure they are understanding the work, if you are going too fast or slow, etc. Make sure to keep an eye on the time. Make note of where extra work should be followed up and perhaps include this in an email to the parent/guardian.