6 Signs You Need Tutoring Business Software 

6 Signs You Need Tutoring Business Software 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to devastating learning loss among student populations around the country while creating a chance for entrepreneurial tutors to rush in and save the day! The year 2021 saw tutoring become a hot side hustle for some and a full-time business endeavor for others. Now, in 2022, many tutors are continuing to offer their tutoring services as part-time gigs, while those with broader goals are launching highly-profitable, scalable tutoring enterprises. 

No matter how big or small your tutoring business is, at some point, you’re going to need professional software to help you stay organized and manage your tutoring enterprise. Here are 6 signs you’re ready to take things to the next level with professional tutoring business software.

1. Your inbox is clogged

Your tutoring business must stay on top of communications to maintain a professional reputation. If you’re struggling to keep track of important messages with clients via email, it’s probably past time to move on to a better way of doing things. 

Pearl’s tutoring business software lets you keep all your business messaging in one place, so you never lose track again! 

2. You’ve missed appointments with students 

Each time students miss scheduled tutoring sessions, that’s a loss of revenue for your business. Of course, you can set a policy to charge for missed appointments, but that might lead to frustrations with clients. 

The simplest way to address this issue is with a built-in reminder system that keeps students, parents—and you—on time and on schedule. Pearl lets you book, view, and manage appointments quickly and send calendar reminders for upcoming tutoring sessions.

3. You need an easier payment management

Are you tired of wasting time with manual accounting for your business tax purposes? Want to get rid of the hassle of checks or cash payments, but need a more efficient way to manage credit card payments for your tutoring sessions? 

At Pearl, our tutoring software offers easy-to-use storefront payment management features that help you do all these things and more!

4. You’re struggling to keep track of student progress

Tutoring is a financial investment for clients, and sometimes clients wonder how effective their sessions are. The fastest way to show them is through progress tracking, which helps your business demonstrate the value of your tutoring services. When clients see their return on investment, you’ll retain them longer. 

Pearl was built by tutors for tutors, so we’ve built progress tracking tools right into our tutoring platform.

5. You need more virtual classroom features

Many tutors conducting online lessons rely on video conferencing tools like Zoom or Google Meet to connect with students. Unfortunately, such tools weren’t built for educational purposes and often lack essential features you may need to share information or hold your students’ interest. 

Pearl’s tutoring business software includes more engaging video conferencing with whiteboards and screen sharing conveniently built into your dashboard.

6. You need the ability to review lessons 

Both clients and tutors love the ability to record sessions for later viewing. This capability allows students to go back and review material while enabling tutors to look for areas where students might be losing focus during lessons. 

Too many tutoring entrepreneurs try to scrape by without the proper tools at their disposal, leading to wasted time, points of frustration, and potential loss of customers. 

Pearl takes the headache out of managing your daily operations so you can focus on the things that are most important—such as teaching students effectively…and growing your tutoring business! 

To schedule a demo and see Pearl in action, get in touch with us today by filling out this contact form.

How to Grow Your Tutoring Business

How to Grow Your Tutoring Business

Congratulations on launching your new tutoring business! Trust us, we know exactly how much effort goes into such a mighty feat. But if your tutoring business is at a point where you’re ready to grow and take things to the next level, then here’s a list of some of our best tips for growing your tutoring business: 

Set goals and milestones

Zig Ziglar said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” 

To grow your tutoring business, you’ll need to establish clear short and long-term goals in your business plan. These will be your “targets” to aim at. Examples may include goals like how much income you want to bring in each month from your tutoring sessions or how many students you desire to have. 

Whatever your goals, aim high and make sure to set up achievable milestones along the way.  

Decide if you want to grow or scale

Think about the difference between growing versus scaling. Growth can require extra capital, such as hiring extra tutors. Scaling, in contrast, increases revenue without necessarily adding costs. 

Do you want to bring in more tutors so you can book more students? Should you charge higher rates for your tutoring sessions or diversify by offering discounted small group lessons? 

There’s no right answer; you’ll have to work out the best big-picture strategies to achieve your unique business goals.

Do what the pros do

You’re marketing tutoring as a service, so consider applying the Ansoff model

  • Re-examine the markets you serve and your competition. 
  • Are there ways to sell more of your existing offerings (via market penetration)? 
  • Can you apply market development to find and fill unexplored gaps, such as overlooked niche subjects nobody else is teaching? 
  • What about developing new diversified services for existing students or teaming up with other tutoring companies instead of competing against them? 

There’s no shortage of creative ideas out there, so do your homework and emulate the pro strategies of top tutoring companies. 

Learn something new

You may be a subject matter expert on the topics you tutor, but when it comes to business, there’s always more to learn. Apart from researching on your own, it could pay off to invest in education and training classes. 

A certification program or even stand-alone business courses (like University of Virginia’s Business Growth Strategy, taught via Coursera) can provide invaluable insights to help your business reach the next level! 

Rethink your branding and marketing

How’s your branding holding up? Is the brand name catchy and compelling? Do you have a distinctive logo, color scheme, or brand guidelines? Is your website attractive and functional? To gain more from your tutoring business, you might need to invest in a professional brand makeover. 

Hand-in-hand with branding comes creative marketing and advertising strategies. Many tutors try to do everything on their own, but you can find affordable, talented help from experienced marketing and design freelancers on platforms like Upwork. Or, if your budget can bear it, you might try a full-service digital marketing agency. 

Get your finances in order

If you’ve been operating your tutoring business for a while, you’re probably aware that you have to save back enough to pay taxes to the IRS. Even if you’re only running a small business from home, Uncle Sam will want a cut if your self-employment income exceeds $400. 

While growing, your business plan should forecast extra expenditures and potential revenue increases. Track those numbers diligently, so you don’t underestimate taxes and leave yourself in a bind. 

If profits are running high, consider re-investing in the business to grow faster. How that looks depends on you. Some businesses reinvest 30% – 50% of profits; some invest all profits for a duration to really get the engines revved up.

Use a flexible tutoring platform 

Many tutoring businesses subscribe to an online tutoring platform or software that can be used for remote virtual classes as well as scheduling, messaging, and other routine tutoring business functions. 

Make sure to select a tutoring platform that’s flexible and offers the right features to handle growth. The tutoring software Pearl, for example, was built by tutors, for tutors, with all these considerations in mind!

Streamline your business model 

Your small tutoring business uses processes, whether you think about them as such or not. Sit down and spend some time taking an objective look at your processes and workflow. 

Look for inefficiencies that can be reduced or eliminated so your workflow can improve — leaving you with more time and energy! One way to cut down time billing clients is to try Pearl’s user-friendly payment management features

Leverage testimonials

Nothing generates buzz like old-fashioned word of mouth, so a few ideas for getting the word out are: 

  • Ask clients to share their student outcome stories on social media. 
  • Offer a discount to those willing to make referrals. 
  • Create a Google Business profile and share the direct link so clients can easily leave reviews. 
  • Post testimonials of parents and students on your website. 

While our list is short and sweet, these concise but powerful strategies should help you jumpstart your tutoring business’s growth in no time! 

10 Mistakes Tutors Make When They’re Just Starting Out

10 Mistakes Tutors Make When They’re Just Starting Out

Arguably the nationwide need for tutors has never been greater than it is today. The pandemic wreaked havoc on schools, disrupting student learning and causing an unprecedented knowledge gap. Tutors are on the frontlines doing damage control as they help students catch up. Of course, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, tutoring has never been more accessible thanks to user-friendly online resources and affordable tutoring software

The high demand for tutors, combined with the relative ease of getting started, leads all too many fresh-faced tutors to make classic rookie mistakes. Some are pretty obvious, but a few might surprise you! Instead of setting off to reinvent the wheel, take a moment to learn from your predecessors about the common mistakes tutors make when they’re starting out. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes newbie tutors tend to make and some tips for how you can avoid them:

1. Being Unprepared

Many subject matter experts are filled with a desire to tutor students yet have zero practical experience. As a result, they underestimate the work involved. As any experienced educator will tell you, knowing the material doesn’t make you a teacher.  Effectively teaching a subject to another person requires training, even if it is self-taught through watching videos from professional educators or reading books about tutoring strategies. Equally important is having the correct mindset, which is why we recommend checking out SUNY Potsdam’s 10 Golden Rules for Being a Good Tutor.

2. Not Treating It Like a Business

Even if you only plan to tutor as a side hustle, it’s essential to think of your enterprise as a self-employed small business. As with any business, you should develop a general business plan outlining your goals and strategies for reaching them. 

As a business owner, it’s always wise to plan ahead and think about how things will change as your tutoring business scales and you secure more students or perhaps hire more tutors to help with the client load. As a professional tutor, you’ll need to outline a budget, chart anticipated earnings, and estimate expected costs. Expenses should include branding, marketing, and advertising, as well as supplies or any tutoring software you plan to use. 

And don’t forget to budget in the costs of self-employment tax on top of your income tax if your tutoring business nets you $400 or more by the end of the year. 

3. Choosing Inadequate Tutoring Software

For years, colleges and universities have embraced distance learning through online platforms made for education. Online classes are proven to remove barriers and improve access to higher ed, yet K-12 schools were slower to adopt these technologies…until COVID-19 forced them to. K-12 schools received an abrupt introduction to remote learning due to the pandemic and now, nearly two years on, most schools have adopted hybrid models of learning. 

Tutors have been relatively proactive in embracing e-learning from the start, but they often make the mistake of not choosing the right tutoring management platform. Standard video conferencing apps like Zoom won’t cut it in the long run because they don’t offer some of the important features a hybrid tutoring business needs like file sharing and storage, secure messaging, easy payment collection, and built-in analytic tools to track student progress. 

Not sure why you need tutoring software to run your business? Have a look at our recent blog outlining the 7 reasons why you need tutoring software if you’re a professional educator. 

4. Lack of Creative Branding and Marketing

It won’t matter if you’re the world’s greatest tutor if customers don’t know you exist! So how do you get their attention? Professional and attractive branding and strategic marketing are tried-and-true methods of spreading the word about your tutoring services.

All too often new tutors underestimate the importance of branding and marketing, or they fail to do sufficient market research ahead of time. For example, think about who your target students are and what avenues and approaches are most suitable to reach them at? If you’re planning to purchase a website domain name, register an LLC, snag a social media handle, or trademark a snazzy new slogan, put enough forethought into these elements to ensure they are distinctive, appropriate, and catchy. 

Next, use organic marketing tactics and paid advertising (like Google Ads or Facebook Ads) to get the word out to the right potential clients that your tutoring services are open for business. There are plenty of free resources online (eg. YouTube, Coursera, Khan Academy, etc.) for you to learn the basics of marketing and advertising your fledgling tutoring business.

5. Overestimating the Need for Your Services

Yes, there’s a high demand for tutors — in general. But is there an underserved need in your local area for tutors in your area of expertise? New tutors sometimes fail to assess the market and thus struggle to fill their openings. Either there’s already too much competition, or perhaps local schools offer free tutoring on the topic you teach. Do your homework before diving in or investing any capital in your tutoring business.

That being said, if you’re planning to offer your tutoring services primarily or solely online, then the possibilities are endless, and you can tutor virtually anyone, anywhere. 

6. Not Having a Good Space to Teach In 

Tutoring in the comfort of your own home may sound like a dream come true, but there are many factors to consider. Often, tutors simply don’t have suitable space with adequate lighting and sufficient supplies on hand to tutor from home. Other times, their home isn’t easy to travel to, or perhaps parking is difficult, which can be a huge turnoff for potential clients. Unless you plan to go big, renting an office space in town isn’t a likely option for most newbie tutors. 

To have your cake and eat it too, we suggest incorporating an online option, so you can work from home while your students stay at their homes. Check out our recent article on How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business for more tips that’ll save you from costly oversights and miscalculations!  

7. Indecisiveness About Your Tutoring Model

Historically many tutors have preferred live interactions with students. However, times are changing, and live or in-person lessons aren’t always practical or feasible, so you don’t want to limit yourself. In 2021, savvy tutors are weighing the best options for their customers’ wants and needs and discovering that online and hybrid models are increasingly popular. 

Online lessons offer flexibility and easier access since there are no geographic barriers and no commute time. Meanwhile, with the plethora of inexpensive mobile devices and laptops out there, almost every student can now sign up for fast, no-hassle online instruction.   

8. Not Making It Easy for Your Students

Customer service extends beyond being polite and attentive when a customer is in front of you; it also includes thinking ahead about ways to make your customer’s experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. 

That said, who is the “customer” — the student or the parent? Depending on the age of your students, they may be the ones paying for their sessions, or it could be their parents. But no matter who is footing the bill, the focus must be on the student as the recipient of your lessons and the primary end-user of any tutoring software involved. 

Every logistical detail about your tutoring lessons should be as simple and friction-less as possible. From booking sessions to submitting homework or paying invoices, you want to eliminate anything that makes the process inconvenient, annoying, or distracting. 

The same goes for making it easy on parents, too. For younger students, parental engagement is a critical factor in their success; however, you don’t want a helicopter Mom or Dad eyeballing everything their child does during a session. This makes it hard for students to focus, especially when they are already combating the serious effects of learning loss stemming from COVID-19. 

9. Setting a Tutoring Rate That’s Too High or Too Low

Setting your rate is one of the most important considerations when establishing a tutoring business. Yet new tutors frequently price themselves too low or they set their rates unjustifiably high. 

How much should you charge as a new tutor? The simple answer is — charge as much as you’re able to get. That doesn’t necessarily equate to what you feel your time and expertise are worth, though. As the Harvard Business Review notes, “the right answer to that question is a company should charge ‘what the market will bear’ — in other words, the highest price that customers will pay.” 

To determine that dollar figure, it’s helpful to empathize with your target customer. For example, if you have a killer reputation to justify a higher price point and know how to successfully market your talents, you might target high-net-worth students or parents. But if your goal is to stay affordable to the average student or parent, take an objective look at what local tutors are charging and how your experience compares. 

Keep in mind, tutors offering online lessons may have less overhead and can offer lower rates. Discounted small group rates are another way to stay within the average person’s budget. 

10. Not Establishing Policies 

It’s handy to have your general policies in place and easily accessible to customers, either by posting them to your website or sending them out to new enrollees. These should be clear, reasonable, and easy to digest, so students or parents don’t skim over anything important. It’s also good to request confirmation and agreement to your policies and terms in the event of a later dispute. This helps ensure everyone is accountable and lets them know they are entering a partnership with your tutoring business with the goal of achieving positive student outcomes.

At a minimum, cite your policies on charging for no-shows or short notice cancellations. If offering in-person tutoring lessons, state your COVID-19 guidelines or requirements to maximize everyone’s safety (and decrease your liability). If you plan on offering snacks or drinks, ask about food allergies and get consent in writing. 

The ten mistakes listed above are a few of the most common misjudgments new tutors are prone to make when starting out. You’re sure to discover a few on your own through trial and error, but we hope this list helps you avoid as many headaches as possible! And if you’re looking for a partner to help you scale your tutoring business, get in touch with us today and ask us how Pearl can help you build a successful tutoring business.

How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business

How to Start a Home-Based Tutoring Business

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted classrooms around the world, causing schools to scramble in a mad dash to adopt remote learning technologies and processes. Unfortunately, many teachers — and students — never got the hang of remote learning, leading to an educational gap so wide it borders on a crisis. 

What does this mean for the tutoring entrepreneur? Depending on your goals, aspirations, and living space availability, it could mean this is an incredible time to start a home-based tutoring business! 

Pros and Cons of Opening a Tutoring Business

As reported by USA Today, tutoring “could be the key to lifting kids out of ‘COVID slide.’” Combating learning loss is something we addressed in depth in a recent blog post

A great benefit of working as a tutor is the job satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re helping students and making a positive impact that could affect the rest of their lives. But, as experienced tutors know, the work comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Most of these pros and cons depend on whether you are an independent tutor or working for a tutoring agency. Self-employed or freelance private tutors have more flexibility in terms of working hours and can decide if they want to work full or part-time based on income needs. Also, when you work for yourself, you’re the boss and get to select your own students or clients. 

One of the cons of opening a tutoring business is startup costs, especially if you’re an entrepreneurial tutor looking to lease a building or office space. In such cases, you assume a major financial risk if your business doesn’t generate sufficient income to cover rent and utility payments. It’s also challenging to find a suitable place in town where your tutoring business can thrive. By contrast, a home-based tutoring business offers vastly lower startup and ongoing overhead costs. If you have enough room to dedicate an area of home space to your business, you could reap a sizable tax advantage! 

If operating a home-based tutoring business sounds like the right option for you, read on for more tips on how to get your professional tutoring business started. 

How to Start a Successful Home-Based Tutoring Business

When it comes to launching any business endeavor, it pays to review what others have done before you. This helps you avoid costly mistakes and incorporate time-honored best practices. With that in mind, let’s dig into our handy checklist for launching a successful tutoring business:

Start with a business plan 

“Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,” goes the quote from Ben Franklin. Writing a detailed business plan is a solid first step for professional tutors, no matter how big or small the tutoring enterprise may be. And who better to turn to than the Small Business Administration which offers a ton of resources including a business plan writing guide and formats for tradition and lean startups models. 

Decide what subjects you’re qualified to tutor, and at what levels

This goes without saying, but tutors should stick with what they know, at least in the beginning. Focus your talents on teaching the subjects and grade levels/age ranges you’re most experienced and comfortable with. Over time you can expand your tutoring offerings, especially when your business has gained some traction. 

Create a space in your home with proper lighting, workspaces, and seating

When tutoring one-on-one from your home, your workspace layout can be fun and cozy or sparse and professional, so long as it meets the basic requirements, i.e. having ample tabletop workspace, seating suitable to the height of your average students (keeping in mind you don’t want to sit too high over them), and sufficient lighting on the areas where you’ll be congregated. The main limitations to designing your dream tutoring zone are your budget and available floor space. 

Parking considerations

Depending on where you live and how many students you’ll tutor at a time, parking could be a problem. Make sure there are sufficient available spots for parents (or students, if they are old enough to drive) to park without getting a ticket or obstructing vehicles or sidewalks. Keep in mind that parents may simply be dropping off and picking up their kids, thus may only need to park for a moment. Be sure to add your parking details to correspondence you send to clients.  

Ensure your space is sanitized and you have enough cleaning supplies on hand

During this era of COVID-19, it is crucial to keep high-touch surfaces sanitized. When one student leaves, clean and disinfect all appropriate areas and shared items before allowing another student in. Keep track of your cleaning supplies to ensure you never run out. 

Remember students may need to use the restroom so have that area clean, too

Your home tutoring business needs to make a restroom available for clients. Keep it stocked with standard items — toilet tissue, hand soap, and a clean hand towel or paper towels, at a minimum. If your home only has one restroom, make sure it’s clean and businesslike enough for student use. For proper COVID-19 hygiene purposes, don’t let students use the same cloth towel that anyone else uses. 

Buy any tutoring supplies or equipment needed

Along with all cleaning supplies and basic restroom inventory, make a list of all supplies and equipment your tutoring business needs. Depending on the subject you teach, this may only involve basics like computers, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and paper. Of course, many tutors simply require students to bring necessary supplies, but it doesn’t hurt to have extras. In light of COVID-19, it’s also a good idea to keep extra hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and spare face masks around. 

Work out your earning requirements and budget

Some tutors work other jobs and tutor as their side hustle. Others see tutoring as a full-time business endeavor. Decide how much you must earn from tutoring to meet your income needs, minus your expenses for supplies, advertising, or other costs. 

Decide on your schedule

As a home tutor, you’ll have flexibility in deciding your schedule, but you’ll need to be available during peak hours when parents and students have free time. Often this means “after school” hours, including nights and weekends. Once you’ve established your default business hours, you can always flex them later as needed. 

Determine your rates and policies, such as no-shows, cancellations, and COVID-related guidelines

One thing tutors often struggle with is their rate. Research how much other tutors in your area charge for comparable services, but set your rate according to what you believe your services are worth and what clients are willing and able to pay. 

Establish your tutoring business policies, including whether or not you charge for no-shows or short notice cancellations. You’ll also want to write up COVID guidelines to ensure maximum safety while decreasing your liability. Give your clients a copy or link to your guidelines before their first tutoring session. 

Figure out if you want an LLC or if you need a business license in your state

Income-earning private tutors are considered self-employed and must report earnings to the IRS. Remember, self-employment tax consists of Social Security and Medicare taxes that an employer would otherwise be paying, so study up on tax implications to ensure you set enough money aside for the day taxes are due. 

Many states require home tutoring businesses to obtain a license. Whether yours does or not, you’ll want to look into the possible advantages of registering your business as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC). 

Think about your branding and marketing, and whether you need to advertise

There’s a good chance your home-based tutoring business will have local area competition. Even if it doesn’t in the beginning, it could later, so it’s wise to distinguish yourself through creative branding and marketing. 

Consider marketing first by determining your potential customer needs and personality types. Then develop a catchy brand name and tagline plus an advertising strategy for getting the word out. Upwork is a good place to find experienced freelancers who can advise you in these areas if desired. 

Launch your tutoring business website 

A classic mistake is to buy a domain name and start setting up a website before developing the branding. But once you’re at least sure you’ve got a great business name, go ahead and register that domain, then take time to select a dynamic website template that meets both current and expected future needs. 

Popular sites like Squarespace, GoDaddy, Wix, and WordPress feature affordable, relatively user-friendly “do-it-yourself” website templates that are suitable for tutors, with plans that can incorporate credit card payment options for an additional fee. 

Leverage your network to get your first clients

Landing those first tutoring clients is always the hardest step. If there is a lot of competition or a small number of potential students, you might not get to be ultra picky about who you take on at first. Still, some choice is better than none at all, so reach out to your network of friends, relatives, and co-workers to see who has a kid in need of your services!

Starting your own private tutoring business is never easy, but you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. By utilizing the applicable steps from our checklist, plus doing plenty of research and planning on your own, you’ll be well ahead of the curve when it comes time to launch. Best of luck on your tutoring adventures!

Planning for Online Instruction

Planning for Online Instruction

Planning for online instruction isn’t really different from planning for in-person instruction – you need to know who you’re teaching, what you’re teaching, and how you’re teaching your students. However, there are a few significant differences that can impact the successful delivery of your online lesson. In order to avoid the pitfalls of teaching online, you must plan out what you want to achieve with your students and how you’re going to make this happen. At the same time you need to plan for what could happen and how to respond to expected and unexpected issues. If something can go wrong with your technology or your students’ tech, it usually will. 

Let’s explore some important considerations of online instruction. Imagine you have a student who needs help with understanding measurement.

1. It’s always important to start by creating an objective for your lesson. What is it you want your students to learn?

2. Identify the means and the medium that you will use to teach your students. Will you be teaching using a hybrid model of online and in-person instruction (blended learning); live, online-only session (synchronous); posting lessons online for students to work through (asynchronous); or some combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction? Will you be sharing a website or any links that students will need access to?

3. Review the limitations and affordances of the medium that you have selected. If you choose to use a mix of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, you can create a library of videos for students to watch before, during, and/or after their live sessions with you. During live, synchronous lessons you can have students measure objects around the room with a ruler, you can have them use measuring cups to examine liquid measures, or use a scale to measure weight. You may find that there is an advantage to having students use the tools and objects in their own homes because it can create the relevancy that in-person instruction cannot.

4. Explore how you plan on interacting with your students, as well as if and how you would like them to interact with each other. Are you simply lecturing to your students, are you discussing topics as a class, or are you assigning students to groups?

5. Identify and share a plan for how you plan on communicating with students and their parents (phone calls, emails, texts, school portal, etc.), as well as the different channels you will use to distribute and collect their assignments. Will students be using a shared Google folder or will they be responsible for emailing or uploading their assignments?

6. Make plans to go over all of your expectations with your students and include different opportunities for you to model these behaviors for them.

7. Have a backup plan! Murphy’s Law says what can go wrong will go wrong, and this couldn’t be more true than with technology. Include hardcopies of your syllabus and assignments for students, so that they have more than one way to access essential information. Also, include and review instructions regarding what students should do when they are having tech issues, and/or they cannot access your online class. Don’t make students or their parents have to guess what they’re supposed to do – follow up with students right away when they miss class or assignments.

8. Put yourself in your students’ shoes. When you teach in-person you have a captive audience, students are stuck with you whether the lessons work for them or not, but when they are learning online and students are not engaged, they can very easily find something else to do… camera’s suddenly turn off and/or computers “suddenly” disconnect. Construct your lessons so that students have buy-in and are engaged in their learning.

9. Think outside the box. Students don’t need to sit in front of the computer the entire lesson, even when the camera is rolling – it’s okay for them to work quietly. You can also take students on an adventure … take them on an adventure as you measure things around your room. Teaching online gives you the opportunity to build a bridge between the people and things students interact with every day, and the lessons you are teaching them.

Planning for online learning is not more of a challenge than planning for in-person instruction, it is a different type of challenge. As an instructor, you just need to identify all of the parts of the lessons and how they will fit together. In addition, you need to consider some of the barriers that you’ll encounter, and be prepared to address them. Not every student will be thrilled about learning online, but most will adapt, and many will come around to seeing the perks if you are able to engage them in your online lessons.