Online Tutoring: 10 Tips For Parents Supporting Their Kids
Our lives are busy, and many parents do not have time to juggle a professional career, being a home maker and a qualified teacher. Online tutoring is playing a crucial role and has a vast range of benefits (will internal link this to the next blog I plan on writing), including helping your child with their Math, English and preparing them for their 11+ exam.
But it doesn’t stop with just your child and their tutor. Parents need to make sure they are supporting their children through this process and I will guide you through 10 easy steps to do so.
Have good internet access
I know this may seem like an obvious one but it’s probably the most important. The last thing you want is your internet glitching halfway through a lesson. This breaks the child’s concentration, makes them frustrated and it’s hard to get them to focus on the task at hand a second time round.
Set up a dedicated workspace
Have a part of your home which is dedicated for your child’s learning. Make it fun by having some of their favourite pictures or drawings on the wall. Stock it with stationary and make sure they have something to drink, preferably in a closed bottle to avoid any accidents. This will ensure that your child has everything they need during their lesson so there will be no excuse to have the lessons interrupted. This will also help your child to know that when they are there, learning takes place.
Keep distractions to a minimum
Yip, you guessed it! No background T.V. or “just 5 more minutes with my phone”. Instead, include these into their schedule which will allow them to take ownership of their learning and it will include both intrinsic and extrinsic learning.
Make a study plan with your child
Help your child organise their day / week by creating fun study plans which include lessons, homework, breaks etc. This not only helps you but also teaches your child time management, organisation and planning.
Help your child practice routine
Help your child get into a routine. This takes patience and I know it can be testing at times, but the benefits are endless. This will teach your child how to manage their time properly and eventually they will be able to do it on their own. Tip: Use a timer to help them stay focused and on track.
Make sure that your child has sufficient breaks during their study plan. This can be 20 minutes to half an hour to eat lunch or go outside for some fresh air. This will reset the brain and they will come back feeling refreshed for the rest of the day.
Make them aware of your schedule
Set boundaries so that your child is aware when you are available for any help or questions they have, especially if you are working from home. This will help your child gain independence and will teach them to try and problem solve on their own. This will also keep your sanity at a normal level without the constant interruptions.
Don’t let your child feel alone
Make sure your child does not feel isolated when online learning. Speak to me about the potential of setting up virtual buddy lessons.
Have support contacts on hand
Make sure you have your tutors contact details on hand for any external questions that may arise that you don’t have answers to. With this being said, stay mindful of your tutors working hours too.
Praise and forgive!
Last but not least don’t forget that your kids are human too. Let them make mistakes and praise them when they are doing a good job. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way.
With these 10 easy steps to follow both you and your child will be well on their way to a good online learning process and the results will start speaking for themselves.
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