Use your concept map or plan
Write your assignment using your map or plan to guide you. As you write, you may well get new ideas or think about ideas in slightly different ways. This is fine, but check back to your map or plan to evaluate whether that idea fits well into the plan or the paragraph that you are writing at the time. Consider: In which paragraph does it best fit? How does it link to the ideas you have already discussed?
For every paragraph, think about the main idea that you want to communicate in that paragraph and write a clear topic sentence which tells the reader what you are going to talk about. A main idea is more than a piece of content that you found while you were researching, it is often a point that you want to make about the information that you are discussing. Consider how you are going to discuss that idea (what is the paragraph plan). For example, are you: listing a number of ideas, comparing and contrasting the views of different authors, describing problems and solutions, or describing causes and effects?
Use linking words throughout the paragraph. For example:
- List paragraphs should include words like: similarly, additionally, next, another example, as well, furthermore, another, firstly, secondly, thirdly, finally, and so on.
- Cause and effect paragraphs should include words like: consequently, as a result, therefore, outcomes included, results indicated, and so on.
- Compare and contrast paragraphs should include words like: on the other hand, by contrast, similarly, in a similar way, conversely, alternatively, and so on.
- Problem solution paragraphs should include words like: outcomes included, identified problems included, other concerns were overcome by, and so on.
Some paragraphs can include two plans, for example a list of problems and solutions. While this is fine, it is often clearer to include one plan per paragraph.
Look at your plan or map and decide on the key concepts that link the different sections of your work. Is there an idea that keeps recurring in different sections? This could be a theme that you can use to link ideas between paragraphs. Try using linking words (outlined above) to signal to your reader whether you are talking about similar ideas, whether you are comparing and contrasting, and so on. The direction that your thinking is taking in the essay should be very clear to your reader. Linking words will help you to make this direction obvious.
Different parts of the essay:
While different types of essays have different requirements for different parts of the essay, it is probably worth thinking about some general principles for writing introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions. Always check the type of assignment that you are being asked to produce and consider what would be the most appropriate way to structure that type of writing.
Remember that in most (not all) writing tasks, especially short tasks (1,000 to 2,000 words), you will not write headings such as introduction and conclusion. Never use the heading ‘body’.
Writing an introduction:
Introductions need to provide general information about the topic. Typically they include:
- Background, context or a general orientation to the topic so that the reader has a general understanding of the area you are discussing.
- An outline of issues that will and will not be discussed in the essay (this does not have to be a detailed list of the ideas that you will discuss). An outline should be a general overview of the areas that you will explore.
- A thesis or main idea which is your response to the question.
Here is an example of an introduction:
It is often a good idea to use some of the words from the question in the introduction to indicate that you are on track with the topic. Do not simply recount the question word for word.
Writing the body:
- Each paragraph should make a point which should be linked to your outline and thesis statement.
- The most important consideration in the body paragraphs is the argument that you want to develop in response to the topic. This argument is developed by making and linking points in and between paragraphs.
Try structuring paragraphs like this:
- Topic sentence: open the paragraph by making a point
- Supporting sentences: support the point with references and research
- Conclusive sentence: close the paragraph by linking back to the point you made to open the paragraph and linking this to your thesis statement.
Here is an example of a body paragraph from the essay about education and globalisation:
As you write the body, make sure that you have strong links between the main ideas in each of the paragraphs.
Writing the conclusion:
This is usually structured as follows:
- Describe in general terms the most important points made or the most important linkage of ideas
- Do not include new information, therefore it does not usually contain references
- End with a comment, a resolution, or a suggestion for issues that may be addressed in future research on the topic.
Here is an example conclusion from the essay on education:
Teachers Guide - How to do online Tutoring
I have been often asked, "How can I teach online?" I even made a short one hour course on how to teach online, a personal one on one session. But after a year or so of teaching it to many students, I felt I wasn’t reaching enough people.
So, I have decided to write in detail about how to teach online for beginners. This post is not an end in itself but can serve as a great starting point for freshers in the field of online teaching. I also believe there are tutors who know much more than me about online tutoring and have much to add to what’s written here. If you find anything that can be improved, please comment at the end of the post. I would be more than happy to encorporate changes which can provide value to the community.
Online teaching enables travel-free education for both students and tutors. As most of our tutors already know they can teach students from overseas from their home itself. It helps both students and teachers to reach across the globe and find the right person at the right price which is not always possible in face to face tutoring.
Tools for online voice/video calling (VOIP)
Skype is one of the most awesome tools which you can use to talk and teach. It’s free and has better sound quality than most other tools, paid or free. Video quality is again better than most other options. The fact that Microsoft bought it for a whopping $8.5b just adds to the charm of using it. You can also share your screen using Skype. When sharing screen, you can only show your screen and not give control to the other person. For giving control, we can use other tools which would be discussed later.
Among other features, Skype has a powerful app gallery which makes working with it just so much better. idroo is one of these apps (discussed later). In most cases, however, you don't need any extra apps. With skype, you can also transfer files and take a screenshot of the shared video. And the best thing about using Skype – if you ask someone for their Skype id, there is little chance they will say “What? What?” You really don’t need any other tool for audio if you have Skype.
You can use other free tools such as Google Talk in case Skype isn't available. However, they are not as good as Skype. Therefore I am going to skip them in my post.
Tools for Screen sharing
Teamviewer is again a very powerful tool. It helps you to share your screen, give control over your screen to your partner and also lets you switch sides. It’s one of the widely used applications in its domain and is regularly updated.
Join.me is another great utility. They have made very easy for people who don’t want to install any applications in there system due to various reasons. It can not only run directly from the browser but you can install it as well. It also has a very potent combination of orange and green color which makes working on it just a little more cheerful.
WebEx really takes things to the next level. It really works like a Pro. No other software provides as many options as WebEx. It’s widely used by not only online tutors but working professionals as well. It provides you an option to attend meetings without any installation. It works on almost all modern operating systems, tablets and mobile phones. In short, WebEx rocks!!
Online whiteboards are just like whiteboards and blackboards in the real world. You can write or draw online and it would be visible to the students in real time. You can write on a virtual whiteboard while talking on Skype and it feels as if you are actually in the same room. It’s really as close as it gets to real world. This technology has a huge potential in changing how education is done. It has touched lives of millions already and is going to be even better in the future.
Idroo works in sync with Skype. So far, Idroo is available only to Windows users and doesn’t work for Mac, Linux etc. It works beautifully and you can invite your Skype contacts to join you on idroo. It has faster response time than other online tools and since it’s browser independent, it gives you a fairly consistent experience on all windows versions and various screen sizes and resolutions. I highly recommend idroo for teaching. It’s helpful in cases where you want only the board to be shared and not your complete screen.
Other whiteboard tools
I have personally used the following virtual whiteboards and they all work well. You can chose your favourite whiteboard depending on your system configuration and browser configuration etc. I am listing the best of them because you never know which one of these is going to fail. The favourite ones that I use are twiddla, scriblink, scribblar. Over last 5 years, I have seen many whiteboards come and go and the technology is improving almost every day. Therefore, rather than just sticking to the ones mentioned, go to google.com and search for “online whiteboard”. You should get the latest and most popular available whiteboards on the first page.
Digital pen is basically a fancy mouse. Everybody doesn’t need a digital pen. It’s helpful when you are teaching a subject which needs lot of writing or drawing. Maths, Physics, Chemistry and language subjects are the best examples where digital pen is a must. The best thing about digital pen is that you can hold them like a pen and when you move them over a tablet, the movement is reflected in the mouse pointer. It feels as if you are writing on the screen.
For tutors who are teaching programming languages like Java, can chose not to use digital pen as they are generally involved with code. Therefore writing by hand becomes unnecessary. Screen sharing is the most preferred method of teaching in such cases.
Tools for Finance teachers and accounts teachers
Along with mind boggling numbers, finance and accounts teachers have to deal with tables and never ending columns of data. Solving all this data manually over the whiteboard can be a real pain. Thankfully, Google has a free answer to all your troubles. Even though many people are aware of Google Drive, they aren’t using it the way they that would make their life easier.
So this is how we do it - login to your Google account, go to Google Drive, click on create, and then select spreadsheet. A new spreadsheet should open up. You can share this with the student. What’s great about this is that you can use the power of excel in real time. Both you and the student can edit the spreadsheet at the same time. Standard excel calculations and formulas are also available thus making it really close to using microsoft excel or other opensource excel tools.
How to receive payments?
That's one thing that i get asked around a lot and for a good reason. It's important that you have an easy system of receiving payments online so that you can focus on what you are good at i.e. tutoring rather than being a banker. There are various ways which you can receive payments. Couple of them are Wire transfers, moneygram, western union etc.
In my experience, receiving money via Paypal is the easiest. All you need to give the student is your email address with which you have registered on Paypal and they can send you money on that. It doesn't get easier than that. Moreover, paypal transfers money directly to your bank account. Therefore you don't have to go anywhere to claim your money unlike wester union etc.
I will not go in to the details of how to receive payments from Paypal as they keep upgrading there website. But once logged in Paypal, it's pretty self-explanatory once you see there menu.
How to find students to teach online
There is no easy answer to this. If there was, everyone would be doing it. However, there are a couple of things you can do to brighten up your chance of landing more students. There are a lot of websites like tutorindia.net where you can register yourself with to get students, online and offline. Following is the list of websites that have been referred by various tutors registered at tutorindia. Please read till the end of the post before you register on every one of these. You won't regret. Feel free to add your recommendation in the comments at the end of this post.
List of websites to register for online tutoring or assignment help
tutorindia, teacheron for online tutoring, 2tion, aarambhtuition, algebra, assignmentcentre, bharattutors, brainfuse, bridgethebrains, buddyschool, classof1, craigslist, cramster, edserv, edufire, eduwizards, elance, eonlinetutors, etuitions, expertonlinetutor, expertsmind, focuseduvation, freelancer, geteducated, go4guru, growingstars, higheredjobs, homeworkhelpforme, tutorchapter, homeworkmarket, joycemathworld, justanswer, tutorjam, etutorworld, instaedu, learnexacademy, learningscholars, lexspokenenglish, linkedin, livewebtutors, mathandreadinghelp, meritnation, myassignmenthelp, myprivatetutor, mytutorworld, onlineassignment, quikr, schooltrainer, schooltutoring, smarthinking, studentnest, studentoffortune, tcyonline, thankyoututor, thinkingstorm, thinkvidhya, transtutors, transwebtutors, tutapoint, turtorvista, tutehelp, tutor, tutor2help, tutorabc, tutorchapter, tutorco, tutorcomp, tutorfi, tutorhelpdesk, tutorpace, tutoringsessions, tutornext, tutorsacademy, tutorskingdom, tutorsville, tutorvista, udemy, universitytutor, whizz, wifitutors, wiziq, wiztango, wyzant
I can not assure you of work from any of the above mentioned websites (or payment for the work done) but what I can assure you is that if you don't invest enough time to make a decent profile and explain in detail what you have to offer and what are the key benefits that you will deliver, registering on any numbers of sites would be of absolutely no help. It is important that you see your profile as a resume where you have to convince the students that you can deliver. If you just put the minimum possible information because you are too lazy or too busy to make a decent profile, you will get minimum possible results i.e. Zero Students. This has been true for teachers at tutorindia.net and I don't see any reason why it would be different on any other website.
I have noticed one common trait in the people who succeed. They think long term, love what they do, and like to share. One of the best things that you can do to succeed is help others succeed. Forums are a great starting point to sharing. Find a forum where lots of students and tutors come, help students there, thereby building authority. You will gain respect as an expert and will get paid assignments over time. This is not an overnight kill. It requires patience and genuine willingness to help. But results can be stellar depending on your niche and expertise.
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