Online lessons work really easily, so if technology isn’t your thing don’t fret!
A clear and incident free online lesson relies on setting up and checking a few things before we connect.
1 | Internet connection
Online lessons rely on a fast and stable internet connection. Make sure your connection speed isn’t being hindered by uploads/downloads/streaming TV whilst the lesson is in progress.
Use the Ookla speedtest to determine what your download and upload speeds are
The higher these numbers the better!
As a minimum, you want a download speed of at least 15mbps and upload speed of 9mbps
If your connection is too slow:
The fastest possible connection is via ethernet cable
Consider using a device which has an ethernet port (PC/laptop/notebook) and purchase an ethernet cable if you don’t have one already
Connect your device to the router via ethernet cable and retest your speed
If you absolutely have to use Wi-Fi, move closer to the router
If neither of these solutions work:
Badger your internet provider! You should be getting the bandwidth you’re paying for
If this proves unsuccessful, jump ship and find a better provider
As a temporary solution, you could try connecting over phone data (4G/5G) by using your smart phone as a WiFi hotspot
2 | Webcam placement
Make sure you set up the camera angle so that your whole body can be seen on screen. Ideally your feet too – but not to worry if you can’t get everything in!
3 | Lesson space
Find a light, comfortable place in your home where you can move for online lessons.
Try to avoid being back-lit by facing the source of light during your lesson. This will help me to see you clearly.
4 | Device
Devices such as notebooks and tablets allow you to be flexible about where you are in your home and many have built in webcams and microphones.
But be aware about the changes in the strength of your WiFi signal as you move around the house.
Being wired into your router via an ethernet cable will be quicker and more stable than wireless.