So here we are. Many of us fled the florid lunacy of schools to tutor. I have had a great four years. Was just starting to relax! Now I realise how fragile gig work is...but still reluctant to return to schools. So I thought it might be nice for all of us tutors suddenly and in many cases quite ruthlessly fired bt their year elevens with cancelled GCSES or year 13s with cancelled A levels to...vent, share ideas and swap tips on online tuition. To be honest, I have always shied away from too much online coaching. The odd cute Chinese students here, the admirable and recovering from surgery A level student there. But. This past week, I started sneakily edging my younger futureproof(ish) kids onto online lessons. Then...boom. We got the news about cancelled final exams. Now I spend all day talking at a black screen. My subject is English and I realise that I am naturally a face to face type tutor. This new arrangement..well, I am lucky to have access to it, but it may well send me nuts! So I thought it might be good for anyone else in a similar position to share stories, tops, apps and ideas. Me so far: 1) Online coaching eats my battery power 2) Apple pencils suck and do not last long 3) I really should have organised my thousands of files better 4) I really should have familiarised myself with new tech more. I feel like a brontosaurus trying to twerk right now. 5) now might be a good time to sell my digital lessons and stuff on my own 6) why do kids get hyperly freaked out by an honest typo when they cannot read a line of text properly? All about priorities! So annoying when they pounce on my shared file and fiddle with it when I am still typing. Its lime a second interruption! 7) you seem to need to prepare more but also replicate more, so overall less brain strain but mor monotonous, if you’re not careful. 8) cannot get over what a different style of teaching it is. ah, the joys of online tuition!