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Is it Better to Teach in Person or Online? 6 Pros and Cons of Each
Are you a part-time tutor helping high school kids pass their exams, teaching English for extra income, or building your own teaching business? With today's hectic schedules, you might be thinking of using an online call application such as Skype, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger rather than meeting your students in person.
However, is teaching online really better than meeting your students face-to-face? Here we'll look at three good things about teaching in person and three good things about teaching via the internet.
This article refers to one-on-one lessons only.
Teaching face-to-face is, of course, the more traditional way of teaching. This can be done in a classroom, rented space, a cafe, or the home of either the student or the teacher. Here are three good things about teaching in person instead of online.
1. You can do more interactive activities
If you teach online, you're restricted to only faces and voices. In person, you can use a much bigger range of materials such as flashcards, a whiteboard, and games. It also becomes much easier to read or use a textbook together. Where online teaching can be restrictive, face-to-face teaching allows you a much broader use of materials to aid you and your students' progress.
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2. It feels more personal
Meeting someone in person feels more like really meeting them. If all you see is a moving image of someone, it doesn't feel like you've properly met them. If you go to a classroom or cafe to teach, it feels much more intimate and personal.
After all, you can shake their hand, learn their mannerisms, and really get to know them as students. Some may argue that you can get to know someone much better by seeing them face-to-face often.
3. You don't have to rely on the internet connection
Most lessons last around an hour, and for that duration you have to rely on a strong internet connection to ensure the lesson isn't interrupted. Wifi and chatting apps aren't always perfect, and there's a chance that a lesson can come to a standstill if you experience lag or crashing.
This can waste time, and cuts into your lesson time, meaning that you either have to extend it or lose the wasted minutes; neither of these outcomes are desirable. If you teach in person, you don't have to worry about this problem.
Teaching Over the Internet
With modern-age technology, it has become a fairly recent possibility to chat online with people. Built-in webcams on laptops and even phones allows just about anybody to pick up their device and talk with someone whether they're five miles or five hundred miles away. Here are three advantages of conducting your private classes over Skype or a similar chat app.
1. There's no need to travel
If you choose to teach your student over the internet, you can do it anywhere - even in the comfort of your own home. There's no need to drive or get a train to classroom or cafe, spending money and time.
2. Both of you will save money
Neither you or your student will have to pay to get to the lesson location, rent a classroom, or pay for a beverage in a cafe. Your student won't have to pay for your travel expenses, either, meaning they'll be more likely to recommend your prices to their friends, if that's what you're looking for.
3. You can do it in your pyjamas!
No need to look the part if all your student is going to see is your head and shoulders. If you meet in person, you have to make sure your hair looks good and you look, from head to toe, like a teacher.
If you Skype your student, however, you can wear pyjama bottoms if you like, and they'll be none the wiser. There aren't many jobs you can do without pants on. This is one of those few.
Whichever you decide to do, teaching privately can earn you a little extra money as well as passing knowledge or language skills to someone new. Those are the few things you have to consider if you're thinking of taking up teaching freelance or looking to explore new options. Best of luck to you!