Working as a Speexx language coach and teaching remotely for over ten years, Katie Schinkel believes it is essential for coaches to set up a workspace ahead of time. Be prepared to start the day in a space that is strictly designated for your work. To help create a healthy work-life balance, separate your work from your personal life at home. This is a tip that all Speexx coaches agree on.
Katie offers the following tips:
Get your tech setup right – Katie points out that it is important to understand your tech setup, because in some neighborhoods it may not be possible to teach with wireless internet connection. To coach effectively and add reliability to teaching remotely, find a way to provide stability to your internet. Do your research and keep in mind of connection issues or interferences.
Invest in your health and in good equipment – Quality equipment is also important for language coaches teaching remotely. Katie suggests investing in quality equipment that provides comfort. She adds that it is important to keep health in mind, since many coaches manage themselves while working remotely. A suitable desk, comfortable chair and headset is not only important for your health, but will also enhance your work experience and improve sound quality.
Be prepared – As a coach, you need to be prepared for everything. Sometimes students may want to take a different direction in class, you may encounter a failed internet connection, or perhaps your computer has crashed – be prepared with alternative plans. It is also good to have a backup plan when it comes to communication with the rest of the team.