Online Lessons

Online Lessons

Hello, my name is Nicola Walker. Welcome to my website!

Would you like to achieve your learning goals from the comfort and convenience of your own home?

Online lessons can be a great way to learn at a time to suit you and it is just as effective as face-to-face lessons. You can learn at your own pace without having to travel and without having to get your home ready for a tutor to visit.

Are you looking for an experienced and professional online teacher to help you with your learning? Is your child interested in learning online?

You’ve come to the right place to find out how I can help you or your child achieve academic and personal success through online lessons.

Online lessons are a brilliant way to achieve virtually any learning goal. If you or your child are struggling with a particular subject or skill, asking for help within a class setting can be difficult. It’s easy to fall behind when studying in a large group. Here’s where online lessons with a private tutor can make all the difference. All of these benefits can be gained at the click of a mouse and from the comfort of your own home. Let me tell you about the subjects I teach online, how I approach tutoring and what to expect from my tutoring sessions.

I offer online private tuition in the following subjects:

  • Key Stage 4 - GCSE English Language
  • Key Stage 4 - GCSE English Literature
  • Key Stage 5 - AS Level English Language
  • Key Stage 5 - AS Level English Literature
  • Key Stage 5 - A Level English Language
  • Key Stage 5 - A Level English Literature
  • English as a Second Language

What platform do you use to deliver your lessons?

I use a number of tools to deliver online learning.

My primary platform is Zoom. This is used to see and speak to students and provides an interactive whiteboard and other key features. This can be downloaded and installed on your computer or accessed via your internet browser.

I also use Google Classroom to allow students to access resources and to set assignments. Google Classroom also allows me to communicate with parents effectively, when appropriate.

Each student also has their own Google Docs shared document, which functions as a virtual learning notebook. This is used in the lessons as an "live typing tool" and also outside the lesson, as a reference tool. If a student chooses to do homework, then this is often completed in the student's personal notebook,

How long does each lesson last ? How much does a lesson cost?

  • Online ESL lessons are for 30 minutes or for 1 hour.
  • All online GCSE, AS and A Level lessons are 1 hour long.

How often should lessons take place?

To achieve the best results from tutoring, take lessons regularly and consistently. Most learners opt for weekly lessons. However, an individual’s learning needs vary, and I believe that each individual needs a schedule that works for them. This may mean that a student needs several lessons a week or a lesson every other week. I will work with you to identify a schedule that works for you.

What days and times are available for lesson times?

Online lessons are currently available from Monday to Saturday at the following London times:

  • 9.00 am - 10.00 am
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm
  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

If you want to have a 30 minute lesson, you may choose the first or the second half of the hours listed above.

For example: You can choose to have your 30 minute lesson start at 9 am or 9:30 am.

*Please note that if you book a 30 minute lesson the whole hour will be listed as busy on the calendar.

What do I need to provide for lessons?

  • You will need to use a computer/tablet that has a webcam and microphone.
  • It is important that you have a strong, reliable and fast internet connection so that you have the best quality Zoom call.
  • You MUST use a microphone headset for lessons. This will provide optimum audio and prevent feedback.
  • To learn effectively, you should be in a quiet environment without distracting background noise.
  • It is also helpful if you provide copies of any school reports, test results, ILP’s that are relevant.
  • If you or your child are taking any exams, it is important to tell the tutor which exam you will take, the examination board and specification code and the date or dates of the exam paper/s.

Will I need to fill out an enrollment form?

Yes. You will need to complete and submit an enrollment form before your first lesson. The form will give me some basic information about your level, learning needs and goals.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Yes. You will need to sign and submit an electronic contract form agreeing to the terms and conditions for lessons and payment.

I'm a parent. Can I sit in on tutoring sessions?

Yes, you can. Your child may feel more confident having you stay in the room, at least for the first session or two.

What happens in the first lesson?

In the first session, an initial assessment is my focus. I get to know the learner, and what they hope to gain from the sessions. Usually, I make my assessment through asking key questions. In addition, it may mean taking some tests or completing some tasks to identify specific areas of weakness.

All the information gathered in this session is used to form a “student profile”. Having identified specific learning needs and goals, we will develop a learning plan to reach those goals.

What happens in a typical lesson?

We will set learning outcomes based on discussions at the end of the previous learning session.

For each lesson I plan, select, adapt and prepare resources specific to a student’s learning needs and goals and that will enable the learner to achieve the set learning outcomes.

I begin the lesson by teaching the theory or techniques the student needs to learn. I give clear examples and demonstrations to enable and reinforce understanding. The student then completes appropriate activities to apply and practise what they have learned. These activities also provide me with information about how well the student has understood and can apply what they have learned.

At the end of the session, I discuss with the student (and parent, if appropriate) if they have achieved the learning outcomes or if they need further practise or help. If the student has successfully achieved the learning outcomes, then we choose together a new goal, topic or skill for the next session. If the student has not achieved the learning outcomes, then I continue working towards them in the next session (or we will revisit the topic in future lessons). At the end of the tutoring session, I record the work we have covered in a “record of work”.

Do you set homework?

Homework can be a valuable tool for both the student and the teacher. For a student, it allows them to apply and practise what they have learned in the sessions and thus gain confidence and independent study skills. It also enables students to progress more quickly. For a teacher, homework can provide insight into how effectively a student has learned a skill or a topic and how well they can apply what they have learned. This information can help a tutor evaluate and adjust the teaching methods, learning goals, and outcomes accordingly.

The decision to set homework depends on several factors. I discuss with the student (and parents, where appropriate) if they are willing and able to complete homework tasks.

How much does a lesson cost and how do I pay?

  • A 30 minute online ESL lesson is £10.00
  • A 1 hour online ESL lesson is £15.00
  • A 1 hour online GCSE, AS or A Level lesson is £20.00

To reserve the lesson slot, lessons must be paid for in advance. I must receive payment at least 24 hours before the start of the lesson. If you wish to cancel a lesson, you must give 24 hours’ notice. (In this instance, you can reschedule the lesson for a later date. No refunds are available.) I do not reschedule cancellations made less than 24 hours before the lesson. The payment becomes the cancellation fee for the missed/cancelled lesson.

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