Is online tutoring right for me?
Is online tutoring right for my child?
Can online tutoring be anywhere near as good as an in-person tutor?
There are many questions when it comes to tutoring online. Today, I am going to point out some the many advantages there are to online tutoring. You might think of more. Please feel free to add on in the comments section.
The most important – and most obvious – is the learning. You can retain lessons learned over the year, practise current assignments, and learn something new to prepare for the future.
Don’t you agree that this is already looking awesome!
Online tutoring can often accelerate learning. There are so many resources at the tip of your fingers with videos, texts, and live discussions to name a few.
The learning process can be so much more dynamic.
There is no travelling back and forth to the tutor, saving you time, avoiding traffic jams, and allowing the instructor and learner to be from different provinces, states, or even countries.
Geography is no longer an issue.
You can learn in the comfort of your own home – or at a café, at the beach, at grandma’s house – wherever there is an internet connection, you can learn. (Actually some of the tasks don’t even require the connection for some assignments, particularly asynchronous exercises.)
Comfort and access to all your own amenities.
You can take asynchronous lessons which are primarily done offline or at least without a lot of intervention from the instructor.
You can take synchronous lessons which are real-time interactions with the instructor.
I like to do a combination in a kind of “flipped” classroom style in which the student takes care of his/her business independently (after some instruction / direction of course) and then we can spend time on the essential business of assessment and focused instruction to make those all-important improvements.
Learn independently; learn together; learn in combination!
You still have the opportunity to meet your instructor and to discuss assignments, math problems, etc. by using platforms such as Zoom and Skype. These are FREE to use for both instructor and student. Bonus!
Sometimes, you can even meet other students from all over the world. You can collaborate or simply provide suggestions. When one student has a question or problem that he or she can’t solve, you can be sure that many others have the same issue. You can help them, and they can help you.
Using a whiteboard such as BitPaper (in my case replacing Ron’s famous scrap paper), you can work together on problems, draw diagrams, pictures, and so on.
You can upload and download files; so, even though you might be doing a lot of work online, you still have the option to print and work on paper. In fact, I encourage students to use paper for brainstorming when preparing to write and for scribbling out math problems and rough work in all arenas. Although you can do this on the computer, research has shown that the good “old-fashioned” writing things out on paper can be even more beneficial in wiring the brain effectively.
No need to throw the baby out with the bathwater! (Please don’t do this.)
Online tutoring can be treated as an “add-on” to in-person tutoring or as a replacement. Again, there is no reason why the old and the new cannot work together and be friends.
If you are ready to get started, so am I. Click on the website link below or e-mail for further information or to set up a free information meeting.