You want to brush up on a subject or learn something new and you have chosen online private tuition. That’s great, there are a lot of advantages to this option. But finding a teacher online is not always easy. And yet, having the right teacher is crucial for learning. In order to achieve your goals, you need someone who is right for you and who can really help you progress.
So, here are the steps to follow to find the right teacher!
Identify your needs
This first step is fundamental to finding a tutor that suits you. It must be done before you even take a look at the different teachers on the Internet.
You need to identify which subject or field you want to work in. This may seem obvious, but you need to focus on a specific goal. This will make it easier later on to define clear learning needs. In addition, it will make it easier for the teacher in the future to create his or her content and lessons accordingly.
For example, you are planning to go and live in a Spanish-speaking country. Great! What an experience! However, you are in great need of getting up to speed in Spanish and finding a native teacher to help you, this is going to be your main objective, which you will follow and keep in mind throughout the learning process. It will keep you motivated.
Moreover, with Classgap you can buy only one hour of class at the basic price. But you also have the possibility to contract packs of 5 or 10 hours of lessons at a reduced price. Thus, depending on the subject you intend to work on and your needs, it can be much more financially advantageous to buy a pack of several hours of classes with the same teacher.
For example, when learning a language, taking a pack will be more suitable because it is a long-term job. On the contrary, if you only want to revise a mathematical concept for an exam, taking one or two hours of classes at the basic price will be more worthwhile.
Make a selection of teachers thanks to their profile
Once you have set your goals and know exactly what you need, you can look at the teacher profiles and evaluate the different alternatives.
On the teacher’s profile you will find a lot of useful information. With Classgap you can see the studies he/she has done, the diplomas obtained and a presentation area where the teacher has the freedom to write what he/she wants. In this way you can see the level of expertise and experience of the teacher, which can give a clear idea of the quality of the teaching. You are most likely looking for a competent person who is a pedagogue and who masters his/her subject.
Also consider taking a look at the comments and testimonials of other students of this teacher. In most cases, a profile with lots of positive criticism will be worth looking at.
In addition, the presentation area is interesting because it gives you a pretty good idea of the teacher’s motivation. This way you can learn a little bit more about the person, the experience in the subject and the teaching. This avoids unpleasant surprises.
What is the teacher’s pedagogy?
The working methodology used is another major criterion to take into account when choosing a distance tutor.
There are indeed many different ways of teaching and learning:
- a lot of discussions, for language courses for example…
- mainly theory and mostly practice, like learning to play a musical instrument.
- a more fun way to learn online
- a given amount of personal work to be done next to important or not
- and so on
And some of these ways can be more or less effective depending on the student, the teacher, the subject…etc. So, it is very important to know what you expect from the teacher in order to target those whose teaching method seems to suit you. It is important to make sure that the teacher corresponds to you completely. In this way, both parties can work in synergy to be able to move forward and achieve the goals set.
In their advertisements, tutors often write down their teaching method, allowing you to have a more or less precise idea of whether or not it suits your needs.
Compare prices for private lessons online
Although the cost of private tuition is one of the main advantages of distance learning, it can vary considerably from one teacher to another. You should therefore evaluate the different alternatives and see what best fits your budget.
However, there are certain criteria you should take into account when assessing your budget, such as the level of tuition desired, the experience and qualifications of the teacher, and the scarcity of the subject matter. For example, maths or English teachers usually offer lower rates than a music or painting teacher, because there are more offers (i.e. more teachers) in the first category.
If you are looking for a maths teacher at university level, you will have to budget around 20-25dollar per hour, whereas for a lower level of maths, prices will go down to 10-15dollar.
Decide on your availability
Once you have targeted the teachers you are interested in, it is necessary to make sure that your slots are compatible with theirs.
Schedules are one of the main criteria for choosing your distance learning teacher because you don’t want it to be hell to find a time every time you book a class.
You need to decide how many hours you want to spend on the course per week, and at what times. If the time slot that best fits your schedule is between noon and two hours because you have a long lunch break at work but you are busy in the evening with your children for example, then you will probably find a teacher who interests you free in that time slot.
The advantage of a platform like Classgap, is that teachers come from all over the world, so you will easily find a teacher who adapts to your availability, even if these are not conventional hours in usa (early morning or after 8pm for example).
Meet the teacher beforehand
Finally, if you have the opportunity to take a trial class or do an interview before the first class, do so. It’s very important to find out who you’re really dealing with before you commit.
On the Classgap platform, it is possible to get in touch with the teacher through our internal messaging service. Then, a free fifteen-minute meeting between the student and the teacher is recommended before each class with a new teacher. This allows a first meeting so that you can get an idea of the person in front of you and see if he or she can actually help you. Maybe the first impression you had when looking at his or her profile is confirmed and in this case it is a good sign. Otherwise, if you don’t hang on, you can go back, you haven’t committed to anything yet.
Moreover, this will allow you to discuss your objectives, your level and what you expect from the course. The teacher will then be able to adapt to you and plan the next classes to best meet your needs. He or she will also give you advice on how to prepare for your first class.
Now, if you have followed all these steps, you should have found the right teacher for you. Now all you need to do is take your classes!