Using Video Conferencing for Video Tutors
|August 1, 2008||Posted by Business4Moms under Business Ideas||
Online tutors are in great demand. In some locations, it is hard to find tutors in certain subjects, and being able to take their search online gives students and their parents an abundance of options. Still, some people hesitate at hiring an online tutor, because they feel that they can’t provide the same level of service as they could if they were there in person.
Some students also learn better by hearing information instead of reading text on a screen. So how can online tutors overcome these obstacles? By using video conferencing.
Video conferencing is the next best thing to being there. Here are a few reasons why it’s a great way for online tutors to help their students:
* Video conferencing allows tutors to utilize visual demonstrations to illustrate their points. This is a huge benefit in almost any subject. Science tutors can conduct experiments for students to watch and learn from. Math tutors can show math students how to solve equations step by step, instead of trying to put it all in written form. And English teachers can easily show students how to diagram sentences.
* The audio component of video conferencing is good for those who retain information better when they hear it than when they see it. Studies have shown that there are a great many students who fall into this category. Even students who do better with information presented visually can benefit from the reinforcement provided by hearing it as well.
* If the student has a webcam as well, the tutor can benefit from a higher level of interactivity with him. It is often easier for people to express themselves when they can be both seen and heard, as opposed to just sending text messages through chat or instant messaging. As a result, the tutor can better address the student’s individual needs.
* Online tutors can usually record their sessions with students. They can then make them available for the student to use in the future. The opportunity for repetition of a lesson is a great benefit to students. The capability to record sessions easily also benefits the tutor by giving her the opportunity to post sample sessions for prospective clients to watch. It is advisable, however, to obtain the parent’s permission (or the student’s if he is an adult), especially if you’re including any audio, video, or text from the student’s end.
Video conferencing provides an effective way for tutors to help students, even if they are separated by thousands of miles geographically. Offering video tutoring can give you an edge in the competitive tutoring market. The equipment you need can be purchased at a low price, and you can easily recover the money spent in just a few sessions.