With TeachTutti there is an ability to add a video to your tutor profile. This is a great opportunity to speak directly with students and parents and communicate why you could potentially be a good fit for their tutoring needs.
But creating a good video takes a little effort and forward planning. We’ve got a few points on how to create a great video.
First of all, you need to consider how you’re going to record the video. Whether this is on a camera, laptop, or phone, great camera quality is essential. But with the latest iPhones, most cameras are of excellent quality anyway, which means there is no need to invest in a top-of-the-range camera. Test out your camera quality first with a short ‘test video’ and review how the video looks before recording the final version.
The setup and filming
A professional headshot video is never shaky, and for this, you’ll need somewhere stable to stand the phone, camera, or laptop. With a laptop, this won't be a problem, but a phone is prone to slipping when propped up against an item. Ensuring your bit of tech is securely positioned is vital for creating a quality video, and avoiding frustration when the phone slips when you’re on your last sentence!
Background and lighting
Your background needs to be simple and free of clutter. Anything in the background could provide distracting, and take the focus off you, and onto your ‘interesting’ poster that's on the wall. Lighting will also play a big role in where you pick to film your video too. Try to pick a well-lit room, with lots of natural light, but not direct sunlight so that it's directly in your face and you’re squinting.
Your attire & overall appearance
We all know that first impressions count, and your video is no exception. Dressing appropriately is common in learning environments, whether online or in-person, and this is the same for tutoring. Setting the tone for learning, and that you are a professional will be appreciated by both parents and students. Well-groomed hair, simple make-up, and a clean and ironed top are all it takes to create a professional appearance.
Length of the video
It’s difficult to capture people’s attention in 2022, especially in digital formats. Your video should be long enough to communicate all the important pieces of information, but not long enough for people to lose interest. We’d recommend a video that lasts between 1-3 minutes.
Information within your video
A great way to start your video is by introducing yourself, where you live, and what subjects you teach. This gives all of the most important information straight away. Then you can move into additional bits of info, and anything you think would be relevant.
Most parents and students will want to know about your qualifications. This is a simple way of determining whether the person's experiences in education and their knowledge relates to where the student requires help. Plus whether the tutor's level of education is relevant to the student's learning level e.g. the tutor and student wouldn’t be a match if the student was looking for help in A-Level maths if the tutor’s highest level of qualification in maths was GCSE.
Including your tutoring experience is a must. This not only provides encouragement that you can deliver quality tuition but also, it’s a great chance to shout about your achievements. Are you great at helping students pass certain exams, or have you worked with children as young as 3, and adults alike.
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This post was updated on 01 Aug, 2023.