Online 1:1 Lessons
Learning one on one isn’t uncommon but when combined with the dynamic of an online lesson it can certainly feel different. Hopefully here we can put your mind at ease.
New Experiences – Teaching online is not a new thing, however, suddenly a lot more have also found themselves online these days too. It’s important to remember that this is not only new to them but also for many students too, so it’s important to allow yourself time to get used to it.
Remember that there are loads of advantages to learning online and the main one is that you are able to learn from the comfort of your own home. Because these are one to one classes that also means you get the full attention of the teacher and can learn at your own pace at a time best suited to you, even focusing on what you need or want rather than surrendering to a class full of students.
Listen up – When teachers teach classes through an online platform, we know it adds a degree of difficulty, but it can also help you in ways you may not even realise. Listening is a hard skill to master so next lesson try to gain some control by asking your teacher various questions about the grammar, vocabulary or topic you are learning about or simply ask them about random words you’ve heard on TV or the news.
This is a great chance for you to get some quality practice in listening, because you need to listen more closely to your teacher online compared to in a classroom. It’s also good speaking practice too!
Teaching talking time (TTT) – Teachers don’t feel uncomfortable when there is silence from the student, this is usually because the student is too shy or afraid to make mistakes. The truth is that teachers are trained to be silent and to let the students do the talking. Don’t be scared about saying the wrong word or mispronounce something.
There is no pressure when you are in a classroom one on one, whether that’s a face to face lesson or online. So go ahead take a leap of faith.
We’re not technophobes – We all know how to use modern technology and your school may have preapproved programs that they tell you to use. Regardless, this is a great chance to embrace new apps that you may have heard about from other people and find out which ones work for you.
For the lesson make sure to have a copy of the coursebook to hand, whether a physical one or a PDF, some online coursebooks also have some great resources as well that you can use in your free time to study. We think you should check them out!
At your own pace – Teaching online allows teachers to give that one to one student the attention they deserve and allows the student to control the rhythm of the class. When you’re learning in a group the teacher has to wait for most of the students to finish before moving on.
The problem is that if you don’t understand or you are not as fast as some other students, you might not get a chance to finish the activity. That doesn’t happen when you have a one-to-one class, instead the teacher will wait for you, taking pressure off you as a student. Or on the other hand you may be the fast one that finishes before everyone else, in a one to one class now you don’t have to wait for the others to finish. After some one to one classes you’ll soon enjoy more confidence in your own abilities and feel free to continue learning without the fear of failure.
If learning 1:1 online seems scary because you’re new to it, it doesn’t need to be. Remember this isn’t something to be anxious about. In fact it’s a chance to expand your skills, develop your English and improve your level. Enrol in a one to one course today and you won’t regret it!