How to get the most out of hosting a Zoom study buddy session – from one of our most-booked maths tutors!

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Hi I’m Phoebe (that’s me above!) and I have been tutoring maths regularly for Student Nannies over the past few months. When I first started using Zoom for study buddy sessions I had to go through a bit of trial and error to make it seamless for both myself and my students. So I thought I’d share my tips and tricks for getting the most out of a Zoom learning session here for other Student Nannies…


1.Always use your “personal meeting ID” when creating a meeting. This means you don’t have to worry about you or your client typing in a password, it is the same for every call and it will save in their Zoom account so for repeat bookings you don’t have to send them an invite every time. You can just make the meeting a couple of minutes before and they can join so it’s super convenient.

2. Always be the host. This gives you certain privileges to toggle settings if you need it, and it allows you to let other people into the call. This also means you can ‘lock the room’ which is a good idea once the session is underway as it means no one else can gatecrash.

3. Practice before your first session with a family member/friend so you can play around with the settings. This helped me have a nose around and get my confidence over which button does what. There are lots of options such as screen share which are extremely useful in online lessons, but it’s helpful to have a dry run using it and learning how to switch between the screen share and the screen where the child can see your friendly, encouraging face

4. Using the screen share options and whiteboard. The way I do my lessons is by hosting the call on my laptop, then I also join with my iPad. This means I can keep the camera on and see what the child is up to, whist still being on the whiteboard on my iPad. I get this up by clicking ‘Share’ at the bottom of the screen on my iPad, and the child can also write on it (just get them to click ‘annotate’ at the top of the screen under options). This recreates using a shared piece of paper and I have found it to be a massive help in my lessons. If you don’t have a second device fear not! You can still share screens and use the whiteboard on your main device, you just won’t be able to see the child when you do it. You can also save the whiteboard notes and pass them onto the parent. Before the lesson I also make sure to have up any resources I might need in the background (on my laptop) so I can easily stop sharing the whiteboard and share whatever is on the screen on my laptop.

5. Use headphones with speakers if you can, so that the audio is much clearer for whoever is on the other side of the screen. It stops the sound bouncing around as much and crisp audio will help the child listen better and be more engaged. For me, having headphones on also makes me concentrate more and I am less likely to lose my train of thought if the door bell rings or my dog starts barking!

6. Make sure you are all set 5 minutes before the lesson starts. As the tutor it’s very important you are on time and prepared, plus as soon as you sit down you will probably realise you have forgotten something so this gives you breathing room. I also like to keep notes on the child I am teaching handy so I am up to date and generally prepared to give a well-tailored lesson.

That’s all of my Zoom wisdom but if you have any questions feel free to email me and I‘d be very happy to help!