COVID-19: LearnMate’s Advice for Students & Parents
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1. In-Person Tutoring?
LearnMate advises that in-person tutoring is permittedin all States and Regions throughout Australia. Tutors and students are advised to continue to wear face masks, exercise safe distancing and high levels of hygiene where possible during in-person lessons. As always, all lessons will be logged on our system should contact tracing be required. If you are concerned about in-person tutoring, online tutoring is also available (option 2 below).
Group lessons (with two or more students) are also allowed throughout Australia.
Please refer to the infographic at the bottom of this page outlining you how to keep yourself safe while attending in-person lessons. To summarise some of the main points:
Lessons may be completed at home, a local library, school or any other location provided you practice safe hygiene.
Keep a greater distance between student and tutor than you would normally do (i.e. 1.5m or more) and no more than 1 person per 4 square metres.
No touching, handshakes or friendly body contact.
We would recommend that students and tutors wash their hands before and after each tutoring lesson with soap and/or hand sanitiser.
Group lessons (2 or more students with one tutor) are permitted but social distancing must still be respected.
If you or your tutor develops ‘flu-like symptoms’, then we would recommend you not have lessons, and set up alternative arrangements (see dot point 2 below on online tutoring).
2. Migrating to Online Tutoring (Alternative Form of Tutoring)
If you wish to still have lessons with your tutor, but prefer not to meet in-person, then online tutoring is a great way to ensure you can keep up with school work but not be exposed. Your tutor has been informed and trained on how to use online tutoring in a separate email.
Here’s how it works and here’s how to get started.
Tell your tutor you’d like to switch to online tutoring in the meantime.
If you haven’t already installed Skype on your device, be sure to download it here. Skype is a great way to connect with your tutor remotely and you can both share your screens and work, along with video/audio calls.
Your tutor will request your username in Skype so they can add you and then once they add you they can call you through the software. Not sure how to add your tutor as a contact in Skype? Learn more here.
Your lesson will occur as normal with your tutor online (Skype). You can even record calls so you can review educational material at a later date!
After each lesson occurs the tutor will log your lesson on our online system, and as normal LearnMate will charge your credit/debit card and you will be notified of a charge. Everything else remains the same with how you currently request, log lessons and get charged – the only difference is the method through which tutoring is done – through online (Skype).
Note: if your tutor does not wish to conduct online lessons, then you may request another tutor here on the LearnMate site as we have a separate search function for online tutoring. Note that we also offer tutoring on ‘Zoom‘, which is also free to use, however, we have found that Skype is easier to use and easier to setup. If you’d like to avail Zoom instead of Skype, please just ask your tutor per the instruction above.
STUDENT SAFETY REGARDING ONLINE TUTORING
As online tutoring is more of a closed environment compared to in-person lessons, we urge tutors to follow certain safety protocols (which tutors are also informed about):
If possible, ensure you and your tutor hold lessons in a communal area (e.g. a living or lounge room). We advise against having lessons in the bedroom.
If possible, we recommend you keep your in-built speakers on loud (so not on headphones), so that you can talk into your device through the in-built microphone, and hear through the in-built speakers on your device (e.g. the speakers that come in-built into your laptop and not headphones). However, if this causes technical difficulties then you may choose to use headphones.
Why record a lesson? Simple. After the lesson occurs your student can review what they learnt to even better enhance their learning. It’s also a great way for you to review your own lesson to see where you may want to improve.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, breathing difficulties, a cough or sore throat, and have recently returned from an affected country, or come into contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, separate yourself from others and call the relevant health authorities on 1800 675 398. You should not engage in in-person tutoring during this time.
If you have severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, call 000 immediately and request an ambulance.
For general information on COVID-19, you can also contact the Department of Health national hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.