„Via Skype? I am not sure… „ But you only have to try it once and your sceptical view will change immediately. Studying via Skype has some undeniable benefits compared to studying „in the classroom“. Time, lesson intensity and flexibility are the main ones. Both, the student and teacher, save time. No senseless long commuting to the lesson and back. The lessons are shorter, but your 50 minutes spent in front of the computer are filled with truly intensive concentration and there is just nowhere to hide from learning. You have the study material right in front of you. You can print and save everything straight away. Also, once in front of the computer, you are more likely to search for information about English and in English straight after the lesson and educate yourself further. If you are pressed for time or travel often (that applies to both, the students and tutors), Skype is the ideal tool for your communication whenever, wherever. Try a trial lesson and you will see how pleasantly surprised you will be.
From the tutor´s point of view, I must admit, I cannot praise teaching via Skype enough. I can be virtually anywhere with internet connection and teach English. I have students not only from different parts of the Czech republic, but also students living at different parts of the world, in different time zones. Another huge advantage is the possibility to shift lessons according to my needs. We tend to meet with our students half way (We cooperate with our students to meet each others needs) and it works. The individual lesson via Skype is very intensive and truly taylored to suit each student. I have a big helper during teaching via Skype – the internet. I almost always use the internet during my lessons and thus make them more diverse – I needn´t rely on one textbook only. Thanks to one of the Skype tools, screen sharing, the student has all the materials right there on the screen and we can then proceed with individual excercises. In short, I have no objections, and I am glad I can be part of the team.
As far as I am concerned, I can only recommend learning via Skype. For many of us, working with computer is an absolute innate action. And when accompanied by comfort of home and entertaining interactive environment, it leaves the student looking forward to very intensive and engaging lessons. I also value the saved commuting time for both parties and the consequent increase in flexibility of the course offers available to clients beyond their town boundary :-).