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307: The Online Tutor’s Toolkit with Molly Bolding

Molly Bolding is an education journalist, inclusion consultant and online educator, based in London. She has been teaching and tutoring online since 2018 but has also taught in classrooms in the UK and Japan. Molly mostly teached English, both to UK curriculums and as EFL, but has previously tutored History, Geography, Maths, Science, university applications and personal statements. She also provides educational services as part of her consulting work. Molly’s first book, ‘The Online Tutor’s Toolkit’, is out with Routledge. It contains everything you need to know to get started as an online tutor: it covers the essentials of tutoring, choosing your tech and software, managing homework, and getting set up alongside detailed guidance focusing on each level of tuition. With techniques developed through research and first-hand experience, Molly explains exactly how to turn existing subject knowledge into effective tutoring for students of all ages in a variety of subjects.

Divided into two parts, the first answers the logistical questions facing every new tutor such as: what equipment do I need? Where can I apply? How much should I charge? The second half focuses on how to tutor different age groups effectively and subject-specific areas including English, Maths, and Science, as well as the author’s tried-and-tested ‘5 step’ process for choosing a subject, assessing a student, and planning their first lessons. There is also information on how to support students writing personal statements and applying to university, as well as teaching English as a Second Language.

Alongside tailored, up-to-date information on available software, hardware, exam specifications, and the online tutoring marketplace, the book contains a 10-week timetable of adaptable lesson plans so new tutors can get started immediately. Finally, there are two additional downloadable chapters which expand on less common subjects and another which includes a digital download of every resource from the book.

With suggestions for resources, homework, and timings to support you at every stage, this is an essential read for anyone wanting to succeed as an online tutor. It’s also insightful for teachers and TAs who want to develop more 1:1 techniques, home educators and parents who want to support their children with exams or university applications, and early career educators of all kinds.


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Twitter: @themollybolding

Instagram: @themollybolding


Resources Mentioned

Good Will Hunting

Mark Roberts

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306: Modern Foreign Languages with Joe Dale

Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian.

He was host of the TES MFL forum for six years, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning.

He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, the Far East and Australasia. He was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on languages for the UK coalition government and advised on the Linguanet Worldwide project for The Language Company.

He created ICT activities for the new Institut Français, ALL and Network for Languages Primary French Project Niveau Bleu, Blanc and Rouge courses and was short-listed for a NAACE Impact Award in 2013 too. Joe supported the Erasmus Plus project Conflict to Cooperation with 5 European countries and the Erasmus Plus Project Learning to think and live outside the box.

He recently organised and co-hosted a 10 part series of webinars Saturday Tech-Talk in collaboration with the British Council in Indonesia and iTELL and worked on the Nusantara Go project for the British Council in Indonesia and PearTree Languages in 2022. He also worked on the Supporting Schools Reform in Algeria project through the British Council 2019-2020. He was recently described in a Guardian article as an ‘MFL guru’ and ‘the man behind the #mfltwitterati.’.


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@joedale on Twitter

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Nodehill French Grammar Podcast…

Podcasting masterclass with Joe Dale…

Podcasts featuring Joe Dale…






Joe Dale’s MFL Twitterers list…







Top Tips for Podcasting in the Classroom…

Spotlight On Education And The Media: Teaching Podcasts…

Educational podcasts curated by Joe Dale…

Example sessions for remote, hybrid and face to face teaching webinars created by independent languages consultant from the UK, Joe Dale.

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305: New live podcasts with audience interaction?

Mark explains a new feature coming to the podcast in 2023.

Live video podcast recordings where you can watch and interact or ask questions as we create the show. It won’t replace the current format but become an added extra for those wanting to be more involved in the community.

Listen to find out more!

304: Helping Parents and Educators Inspire Kids to Love Reading with Danny Brassell Ph.D.

Danny Brassell is America’s leading reading ambassador. He is helping parents and educators inspire kids to love reading and achieve more.

Danny has a number of programs to support you across all age groups and he has a FREE gift for you below.

Danny has taught students ranging from preschoolers to rocket scientists, and he has worked with some of the world’s leading literacy experts, including: Stephen Krashen, Jim Trelease, Tim Rasinski, Lori Oczkus, Ruth Culham, Richard Gentry, Diane Lapp, Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, Jim Flood, Alan Sitomer, MaryEllen Vogt, Steve Layne, Valerie Ellery, Kelly Gallagher, Smokey Daniels, Frank Serafini and Donalyn Miller.

During his time as a classroom teacher, reading tutor, non-profit leader, professor and educational administrator, Danny has incorporated his “reading secret” philosophy to great avail, including:

• Training over 10,000 parents, volunteers and community leaders in a one-on-one approach to assist struggling and reluctant readers.

• Consulting with top school districts on ways to boost student achievement and community morale.

• Delivering presentations to promote reading to audiences, companies and business professionals from all over the world.

Today, Danny is “America’s Leading Reading Ambassador” and shares his incredible 20+ years of education experiences and success model to empower leaders, teams and audiences to achieve extraordinary results. Danny’s keynotes and presentations have earned a reputation for being high energy, (sometimes theatrical) enthusiastic, creative, applicable and highly motivating.

A highly-sought after speaker, trainer and coach known as “Jim Carrey with a Ph.D.,” Dr. Danny Brassell has spoken to over 3,500 audiences worldwide and authored 16 books, including his latest, Leadership Begins with Motivation. He helps entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners boost their business and impact by improving their communication skills.


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303: UP Academy an elementary lab school with Tanya Sheckley

Tanya Sheckley is Founder and President of UP Academy, an elementary lab school which values innovation, empathy and strength and incorporates a unique neuro-development program for children with physical disabilities.

Tanya’s vision and mission show it’s possible to celebrate differences, change what’s broken in the American education system, and that all children can receive a rigorous, well rounded education. She is an Edpreneur, Author of Rebel Educator: Create Classrooms of Imagination and Impact and host of the Rebel Educator podcast. She speaks frequently on the future of education and entrepreneurship.

She is a rebel educator who works with new and existing schools to question the status quo and develop innovative student experiences through inclusion and project based learning.


Resources Mentioned

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

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