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, […]

What I’ve learned since working at IQBar

What I’ve learned since working at IQBar

IQBar was my first foray into online teaching and my first professional experience of teaching. A year and a half has passed since I first signed up and a lot of lessons learnt! It can be a wild and crazy world out there online, but IQBar offers a safe and supportive space to develop yourself […]

My IQBar Experience – Asha’s Perspective

My IQBar Experience – Asha’s Perspective

IQBar is one of the most professional companies I’ve come across. From the first point of contact until the interviews, the training to the trial period, you couldn’t find any flaw if you were searching for them. Everything happens so systematically. Regardless of whether you’re working with them as a contracted buddy or a flexi […]

The Purpose of Preparation.

The Purpose of Preparation.

Best to be Prepared Words by Amanda Harrison  Why do we have to prepare for lessons if it’s already loaded in the classroom like Picaro, or if the content is available for downloading anyway? It’s already all there right? Right! So, why prepare? Preparation is key to a successful session with Breadies. Picaro can seem […]