How Do We Transform Our Learning with an Online Tutor?

Many research have emphasized that a student’s learning effectiveness and the advancement in academic performance are the direct outcomes of a tutor’s consistent work in supporting a student academically.

Online tutoring has become more and more popular among international students in the UK and all over the globe,. Online tutoring have made additional support for subject-specific revision and improving academic performance more available with boarding school life (that tutors might need to get boarding house’s permission or travel a long way to conduct regular tutoring).

In 2016, the online courses giant Podia has done a research on 279 tutors on the topic of virtual classroom, only to find that: (1) 64% of tutors have already conducted online tutoring while 11% of them plan to start in a few months (2) 82% of the tutors are fully onboard with online tutoring, and only 25% of them would use it as a supplementary nature to traditional tuition. While most tutors accept online lessons, why do they still hesitate to use the cyber lesson completely?

Some of the disadvantages of Online Tutoring include:

An internet connection dictates how “smooth” the tuition goes, while the inability to manipulate IT skills or the lack of computer literacy could be a problem. A lack of opportunities to develop social skills in online tutor-tutee relationshipsEngaging practically and interactively in subjects such as music, laboratory-based analysis, or physical education could be difficult for those who learn visually. The tuition might be interrupted by social media or email notifications where self-discipline from distraction is highly neededThere might be an “organization” problem on absence, lateness, and students’ progress

Having listed out some of the drawbacks of online tutoring, they could be easily resolved by the following golden rules:

Always use reliable internet at home or an institution in lieu of mobile data internet. Softwares and IT-related knowledge could be acquired and strengthened by the use of videos on instructions or enquiring by asking questions on social media. Despite remote distance between tutor and tutee, online tuition is the future classroom for lifelong learning and some universities also start endorsing online learning (Oxford’s Woolf-blockchain courses and Coursera). Technology changes how people live, and a different set of social-interpersonal communication skills have to be developed and fostered between individualsRespect and courtesy in tutoring relationship should not be neglected and undervalued merely because of the lack of physical presence where rules should be rewritten to uphold.

Some of the Advantages of Online Tutoring include:

Cost-Time-Location “Eco-friendly” Effectiveness With the elimination of commute time, students and tutors only need a technological device and an internet connection to conduct a tuition. Online tutoring allows flexibility for tutors and students from any global location, as well as an agreed time that is without the restriction of “working/school hours”. Resources and other learning assisting materials such as articles and diagrams could be sent and retrieved digitally, or converted into different formats. Sharing resources are therefore more encouraged, while apps such as Geogebra (graphing software) and Google Earth are open sources to enhance learning. Sourcing Talents and Suitability Globally with Diverse and Various Options Students and tutors could find each other using online search engines that help prioritize preferences, for instance, qualifications and profession-specific graduates. Tutors could look for jobs anywhere in the world according to their schedules and arrangements, while they could advertise themselves with different social tools. Online tutoring could also be more relaxing and empowering (and less pressurized) for the students to learn in environments that they choose to maximize learning. Health Risks with safeguarding and child-protection Issues Without physical presence, there would not be any possible transmission of diseases as minor as colds and flus. While the occupancy of a tutor/tutee’s house could be intrusive of personal space, online tutoring eliminates privacy (and interpersonal “face-to-face”) issues. Some tutoring agencies will need a tutor to sign an agreement on recording part or all of the sessions for monitoring academic progression or demonstrating feedback to parents. This will alleviate the risks of jepadying the safety and well-being of the student.

We have Russel Group and Oxbridge tutors and academic tutors who work for us. For more information about finding suitable subject-specific tutors or individualized planning for improving academic performance, and/ or choosing university subject choices, please contact Karen Li Foster, our Education Consultant at James-Lee Consultancy:

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