Ten years ago, my first job was teaching English online. Then I pursued a career in journalism and my love for teaching had to take a backseat. A decade later, I found myself crawling back into teaching’s arm. But what used to feel natural and amazing became a nerve-wracking task. 

I remember receiving my first Bready booking as a trainee for IQbar. My heart pumped like crazy and for a minute I was concerned whether I’d be able to teach efficiently or suffer a mental blackout. I’ve become rusty and had to find my way back into being a confident, lively teacher. Two weeks later, I was very happy to receive positive feedback and became a contracted Buddy. My teaching confidence has since improved significantly.

Here are my tips for new teachers who are also trying to gain more confidence like I did. These are lessons I learned from my two-week training.

Know your materials

Download the teaching materials from IQBar’s resource page and study them AHEAD OF TIME. Don’t cram this especially if you are a new teacher because it will just make you panic at the last minute. Do not simply read the pages but familiarize yourself with the books’ structure. If you’ve become rusty in some topics, that’s okay as long as you are willing to review and master the topic ahead of time.


Visualize yourself teaching. Ask yourself: What gestures would you use? What keywords will you use to teach a topic? What are the different ways to explain these keywords in case the student doesn’t get it on the first try? How will you correct or praise the student? Having all these details figured out will help you feel ready and calm. 

Prepare for the worst

Classrooms can be unpredictable, even online ones. Be prepared with props to make your lesson livelier in case the Bready’s environment is full of distractions. I made a puppet from a sock for this purpose and it’s a great lure for distracted Breadies.

Get in the zone

When it’s time for class— forget the jitters! Get in the zone. Tell yourself, “It’s show time!” Give it your 100%. Forget your own insecurity and focus on helping the Bready. Be in the moment and enjoy the Bready’s company too. Remember to use gestures. This is called TPR or Total Physical Response. This way, the lesson becomes more fun and memorable. 

Challenge the Bready

On my first session, I was scared of the quiet pause or “dead air” while teaching. Now, I’ve learned to embrace it. Don’t spoon feed the lessons to your Breadies. Ask questions and welcome the “dead air” with open arms to urge the Bready to think. Challenge them again and again and reward them good afterward. And even if they don’t get something right, remember to acknowledge their efforts too before you correct them.

Hope all these tips help you during your first weeks, new Buddies! Happy teaching!  

Annalyn has been working for IQBar for a few months and has proven herself to be an excellent buddy. She has made a huge impression on the team so far with her organisation and commitment to teaching.

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