2. Internet connection
In order for lessons to run smoothly without any connection hiccups, you’ll need to have an Internet connection speed of at least 10mbps for uploading and 10mbps for downloading. Test your Internet connection speed at www.speedtest.net. Do some research on the best Internet service providers in your area and make sure you purchase an unlimited or high data plan with a fast Internet speed. Don’t forget to test your Internet speed in different areas of the house.
Using a good set of headphones is essential to maintaining quality lessons. You need to be able to hear every word uttered by your student extremely clearly. It’s also important for students to know that their lessons are not being heard by other people who may live in your home. If your laptop has a bad quality microphone, you may want to consider purchasing a set of headphones with a microphone attached. Even if your laptop microphone quality is great, you may want to use a set of headphones with a microphone to make sure you have the best sound quality for your students.
4. Quiet space
One of the most overlooked aspects of online teaching is ensuring that your teaching space is quiet with no dogs barking, sirens, talking or other background noise. If you live in a building with thin walls, on a main street or with other people, this is something very important to consider. You may need to build a small soundproof “teaching booth”. It is best to work from home and not rent an office space for online teaching as your teaching hours may be irregular and spaced through the day.
5. A positive attitude
Your success as an online English teacher largely depends on the feeling that your students have toward you. If they feel motivated and excited to improve their English, they are much more likely to keep returning to you. It is for this reason that you need to prioritize bringing a positive attitude to your lessons. Prior to your lessons, drink a cup of coffee, some water, exercise, listen to music, or do whatever it is that you need to in order to maintain a positive attitude.
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