Everyone has heard about conference calls and their daily function in offices, linking up colleagues all over the world. If you think this is all conference calls are good for, however, you are sorely mistaken. Maybe you’re a private tutor or a sports trainer, and you think the teleconference has very little to do with you – think again. Conference calling offers a huge amount of benefits and opportunities for people in these fields. If you haven’t tried it out yet, why not start now? With WHYPAY? it’s completely free, and can be set up at the simple push of a button.

If you do any type of teaching in any kind of area, you could benefit from conference calling with your students. For example, imagine your tutor group is coming up to their A-Level exam: they don’t all have the time to spare travelling to meet up somewhere, but they all have last minute questions and preparations they want your help with. By holding a conference call, you can address these questions and issues, give out key advice and check how everybody is feeling about the exam. It’s also a great opportunity for students to see how everybody else is getting on, offer each other reassurance and work out problems together. They will surely be comforted by the knowledge that they are not alone in their panics, and all have each other! All you would have to do is ensure each student has your conference room number and PIN, and knows what time to dial into the call – and WHYPAY? can even do this for you, sending out automatic email invitations and calendar attachments so your students don’t forget!

You could also make the call a more regular occurrence. With WHYPAY?, once it’s been set up, your conference room is yours to use as often as you like and for as long as you like, free of charge. So, after a big essay has been set, for example, or as follow-ups for weekly tests, you could hold a conference call to encourage group discussion which will help to get ideas flowing and also aid students’ understanding of topics. By helping, teaching, and arguing with each other, their own understanding will be more deeply cemented. And what better way to do this than from their comfort of their respective homes, where they can easily do any necessary research. After all, any teacher knows how reluctant students can be to stay in school after the final bell has rung.

Similarly, before a big race or competition, a teleconference could offer the ideal way to psych up your team and make sure they are in a positive, confident mind-set and doing the necessary final preparations as required. A few kind words of encouragement from a familiar voice, and one who knows their training better than anyone, could be exactly the push they need the night before the event to ensure they feel comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep and motivated enough to get up and give 100%. You can also ensure that practical, logistical details are ironed out and understood – you don’t want the participants getting lost on the big day!

Moreover, if you or those you teach travel frequently, conference calling could ensure minimal disruption to your students’ learning and progress, and avoid the need for them to find a replacement. It also creates the opportunity for tutoring people abroad in your native language, a skill keenly sought by many. Call recording functions offered by WHYPAY? also offer a great way to check over any difficulty or misunderstandings that could have gone on, and are also a huge benefit to students, as they can listen to the lesson as many times as they need to make notes and fully understand and consolidate what they have learned.

So, whether you teach maths, a language or gymnastics, conference calling could open up a great deal of opportunities to you and increase your scope as a teacher. Neither you nor your students need any specialist equipment – the call can be dialled into from a landline, a mobile, a laptop or even a payphone. Calls are included within bundled minutes, or at the standard rate for 01 and 02 numbers. The benefits to you and your students could be huge, so why not give WHYPAY? a go?

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