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Tips for Teaching Online

It’s increasingly becoming the norm for more schools and colleges to start teaching online. If it’s new to you or you’d like to make some improvements to your online classes, we have compiled 5 simple tips to help you and your students get the most out of online teaching.

November 06, 2020

Planning is essential

The first thing to think about is planning your lessons. Keep a schedule and try to stick to it. This will give the students familiarity when they tune into your sessions. However, every now and then, don’t be afraid to mix it up to make sure your students are still engaged. 


You can turn your existing resources into Power Point presentations or worksheets. However, this can end up being time-consuming.  There are many online resources that you can make the most of (just be sure to use reputable websites). Many education websites will offer endless amounts of free resources and materials that are ready to use or download.

Know your tech

Before starting your class, make sure your hardware is fully functional. The last thing you’ll want is for your mic to drop in and out throughout the class. Most platforms are designed to work on commonly used laptops, computers and tablets, but you can always test the platform with a practice lesson with a friend or colleague to make sure everything is as it should be.

In the “Classroom”

Set expectations for your students so they keep informed and understand what the outcome of the lesson should be. When planning your lessons, don’t forget to include time for student participation and feedback. Peer reviews, self-evaluations and group projects are good areas to get a discussion started. Having classroom participation will set a good overall online experience and will give students the chance to show you what they know and how well they are getting on. It can also help other students who may not have grasped it quite just yet. 

Keep communication open

Be sure to give students the opportunity to ask questions or get a helping hand in any area they may be struggling with after the lesson. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your students for feedback on your own teaching- there may be areas you could improve on. 



We hope you find these tips useful. If you're looking for a new teaching opportunity, why not speak to one of our consultants today? Call 0117 929 6200 or e-mail