Online Tutoring has become more and more popular in recent years. Nevertheless, many students are still not venturing into this new method of tutoring.
Online tutoring offers many benefits and here are 5 reasons why you should hire an online tutor:
- A wider selection of tutors
You can hire the most well-qualified tutor from anywhere in the world irrespective of where you live. As long as you have an internet connection and a computer, you can easily engage a tutor to conduct lessons in the comfort of your home. Face-to-face tutors do not provide this flexibility. These pool of traditional tutors typically pick tutoring assignments close to their homes or workplace to reduce commute. As a result, you will be limited to only a small selection of tutors who live near your home. With online tutoring, this problem is eliminated. You can select the most qualified tutor irrespective of you or your tutor’s location. If either you or your tutor (or even if both the tutor and you) move to a new state, town or country, you can still carry on with your tuition.
- Specialized and Individualized teaching
Many online tutors offer the flexibility of helping in a specific area such as creative writing or a specific task such as homework correction. If you are in need of short-term help and only have a short span of time to find someone to help you, online tutoring is the answer.Online tutoring can also be a solution for students who are in the midst of preparing for an entrance exam to a school in a foreign country. There is a high chance that tutors who specialize in this area are rarely available near you. However, through the web, you can hire native tutors who are familiar with their country’s curriculum to help you.
- Cost saving
Hiring an online tutor helps you to save money in a few ways. Firstly, online tutors as compared to traditional face-to-face tutors are more often than not, cheaper. Because you save tutors the hassle of commute, you will typically be offered a lower hourly rate. Sometimes up to 20-30% lesser. The second way you can save money is to join ongoing online group tuition. They cost even lesser than one-to-one online tuition. If you need tutoring on the subject as a whole rather than only on a specific topic or assignment, you can consider sitting with other students in an online classroom to save cost. Lastly, commissions charged by tuition agencies are significantly lower for online tutors because the work required for a match between a tutor and a student is less manual for the agency.
- Record your lesson
Forgot something really important that your tutor has said during a session? Not a problem. With technology, you can easily record your lesson and refer back to the recording as and when you want to. You save a significant amount of time as you can avoid having to ask your tutor to repeat what you have forgotten during the next lesson. Some tutor agencies provide tools for you to record your online lessons. If they do not, you can use any of the free recording tools that are provided in the web. Other than recording your lesson, some tuition agencies even offer writing on a virtual whiteboard, screen sharing or audio and video chat.
- An improved attitude towards tuition
More often than not, let’s face it, no student really enjoys tuition. It reduces a spare time for leisure and play. Some students could become resentful to their parents, to the subject and to studying as a whole. But what if you feel that your child is not coping well in school and that hiring a tutor could help? The key question is how do you, as a parent, get your child to take tuition lessons with less resentment? Online tutoring could be a solution.According to Kersaint’s study (as cited by Mazer 2014), ‘’e-users had better attitudes about help-seeking than the control group not offered the online tutoring service.” Students feel that attending tuition in front of a computer as compared to face-to-face is less threatening. They also feel a sense of comfort knowing that they can somewhat conceal their identity online. The threat of embarrassment is less of an issue with online learning. Because of these factors, resentment towards tuition reduces and students are more willing to seek help.
Mazer, Cherie. Online Tutoring: A New Retention and Remediation Solution for Colleges 2014