There are a few things that will make a great difference in the quality of the live cooking classes you will be receiving from your instructor. Listed below, are a few things you can do to ensure a great cooking class experience!
1. Print out your Cooking Class Trouble Shooting Guide. Have this guide available at the start of your session to help yourself with any issues such as audio or video not working. Your Cooking Class Trouble Shooting Guide can be found in your Student Dashboard on the Student's Resources Tab.
2. Students should be logging in and ready for their cooking class 10 minutes before the start of class just in case there are unforeseen problems with connecting to the system or technical difficulties. This will also give the instructor time to meet you and give you time to finish getting ready for your class.
3. Ensure your have appropriate internet bandwidth. You can test your internet speed by clicking here for speedtest.net. Our video conference service provider recommends 600kbps (up/down) for HQ video and 1.2 Mbps (up/down) for HD video for private, one to one sessions and 600kbps/1.2Mbps (up/down) for HQ video during group sessions. Shut down any unused browsers on your computer and be sure there is no one else using internet bandwidth during your live session (ie. gaming, cell phone wifi, online movies etc.)
4. Lighting- Be sure you have good lighting for your class. Make sure your camera is not facing a bright window with you standing in front of it. This will create a silhouette effect. You can use indirect sunlight or light stands as your light source. Be sure to have good lighting to ensure your instructor is able to see you clearly.
5. Have all of your equipment/ingredients needed for your classes before it starts. You don't want to loose time during your class by having to round up ingredients during this time. You want to make every second of your class count.
6. Make sure your kitchen is free from noise and distractions (ex. barking dogs.) This will allow your instructor to be able to focus on you instead of your surroundings and keeps other students from becoming distracted during the cooking class.
7. Print our your cooking class agenda to follow along with all the topics you will be covering during your live class.