Community & Support at IQBar

Community & Support at IQBar

Working from home can be incredibly lonely. It can be easy to let days pass by without having to leave the house, or sometimes even without speaking to another person. Being self-employed means there isn’t a busy team of people around you like there would be in an office that you can chat to throughout […]

Kids scare me…a little bit

Kids scare me…a little bit

I remember the very first time I stood in front of a bunch of little ones and had to teach them something. Granted, I was in my comfort-zone (if by comfort-zone you mean: struggling to get them to stay quiet, listen, respond or generally be somewhat manageable). I’m kidding, of course, I was nowhere close […]

The effective online classroom: 7 tips for engaging Breadies online.

The effective online classroom: 7 tips for engaging Breadies online.

Building an effective interactive classroom is one of the biggest challenges that all online educators face. How do we breach the digital divide, and create an interactive, proactive and unique learning environment tailored to meet the needs of every Bready, consistently lesson after lesson? According to Faculty Focus.com, elearningindustry.com and various subject matter experts including […]

Managing Teaching Spaces While Studying

Managing Teaching Spaces While Studying

If the first step to balancing teaching for IQBar and being a student was organising your schedule, the next is most certainly setting up the ideal teaching space. It goes without saying that having a clear workspace equals a clear mind for working. When you are a student, living in perhaps less ideal living environments […]

Balancing Student Life and IQBar

Balancing Student Life and IQBar

Having given a brief overview of what it is like to be a full-time university student and a buddy at IQBar, I thought it would be useful to talk a little about how I make this work for me! As previously mentioned, juggling study and teaching takes a lot of planning and commitment, but it […]

Being a Buddy while Studying

Being a Buddy while Studying

Hi! I’m Molly, a buddy here at IQBar: a job I love and feel grateful to have the opportunity to do everyday. As well as being an online English teacher, I am a History of Art degree student in England: something that is demanding, rewarding and takes a lot of work, much like my job, […]

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

If you are anything like me, you would also be wondering what a TEFL certification actually means. When I embarked on my journey towards achieving my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I frequently crossed paths with the phrase ‘TEFL certification’. At the time of my studies, a bunch of people I knew where getting ready […]

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Pretty soon after teaching my first online lesson I realised there is quite a lot to consider. Online teaching is a lot like standard classroom teaching as it comes with a number of challenges and struggles. I learnt that I needed to adapt rather quickly and definitely had to brush up on quite a few […]

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

What is Loadshedding and How Can we Cope?

LOADSHEDDING: An action to reduce the load on something, especially the interruption of an electricity supply to avoid excessive load on the generating plant. The dreaded loadshedding, striking anxiety in the hearts of South African Buddies. It is a constant source of worry about teaching schedules and power. It can be overcome however, there are […]

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Although I have taught in a traditional classroom for a number of years, teaching online via a video-based platform was a new experience for me (and quite an intimidating prospect at that!). I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and no idea of what would be expected of me in return! With IQBar, however, […]