Online Tutoring

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.

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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