The Problem with Skype Tutors

I’m a big fan of Skype tutors. I’ve used them a lot. They’re cheaper and more convenient than regular, live tutors. But there are some unique problems and challenges associated with Skype tutors that you need to be aware of if you are planning on using one.

Connection problems

If you’ve ever used Skype or similar voice-over-internet services you know that it’s not unusual to lose the connection from time to time, or to have a poor connection.

Audio problems

It’s hard if not impossible for students to understand every word a tutor is saying. It’s even harder when the tutor has a poor quality microphone, or if the microphone is too far from their mouth, or if there is a lot of background noise.

Interruptions

Many of the online tutors I’ve used have conducted classes from their homes. Sometimes they have an interruption from a child or spouse or a delivery person, etc.

Scheduling difficulties

Sometimes setting up your class schedule can be difficult. You may need to send emails back and forth with a coordinator to find times that work for you and the tutor. If the coordinator is slow in responding, the simple task of planning your next class can be more complicated than it should be.

Punctuality

Some Skype tutors are better than others when it comes to starting a class on time.

Time zones

Your tutor will probably be in a different time zone than you. Plus some areas use daylight savings time while others don’t. This can lead to confusion about your class time and missed classes.

Comprehension

It’s more difficult to understand someone speaking Spanish over the phone (or internet) than in person. The reason is simple: you can’t rely on facial cues or gestures to help you understand.

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