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Virtual School: A Guide to Online Tutoring

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

Online tutoring has been around since 1996. It has proven itself to be a convenient and reliable way to learn a language, even during lockdowns caused by the global pandemic. Here is a guide to get you started and welcome you to the new world of virtual school systems.

What is a virtual school?

A virtual school is an educational program that takes place in an online environment—most typically on a computer screen.

Virtual schools have teachers, classrooms, course books, and a library like traditional schools. Some schools use platforms like Zoom or Skype, and others, like Octoped Tutor, have their own purpose-built virtual school platforms.

Unlike with Zoom or Skype, at Octoped Tutor, our teachers and students can use the emergency chat translator tool to communicate in their native languages. The innovative whiteboard tools make drawing, annotating, and taking notes easy. Previous classes and notes can be instantly shown on the whiteboard. Finally, it's interactive and easy to demonstrate language, reinforce learning and practice listening skills using video and audio.

What is online tutoring, and how does it work?

Online tutoring is a type of teaching, either one-to-one or in small groups, that takes place live on the internet.

To attend an online school, the student and teacher must have an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth, a headset and a smart device (ideally a laptop). The teacher and students can be anywhere globally and meet in a secure virtual classroom system.

What is online tuition?

Online tuition is the same as online tutoring.

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