Online tutoring has always been around but has become a more recent trend due to
possible schedule or traveling uncertainties. Although this may fix smaller issues, the real
question is whether it is beneficial for the student. Going through a list of pros and cons, many
factors can be applied to both categories. For example, one of the benefits of going online is
that it is convenient. You can save yourself from traffic time and gas money as traveling is no
longer necessary. This works perfectly for families that may be far from their desired tutoring
location or prefer to work from home. For those whose kids already have a busy after-school
schedule, it may work perfectly for you to take your kids to their tutoring session while on route to any daily activities.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing online tutoring is that the student may require more discipline as the instructor is not in the same room with them, fully understanding the environment and if the student is fully attentive. The student has full online access during their tutoring session and can easily withdraw mentally from the teachings. The student must also keep in mind that over a screen it is difficult to address the student's concerns if they are not mentioned.
In the case of any emergencies, in the need of a last-minute tutoring session or to clear up on a specific concept, online tutoring may be more helpful as a quick session can be set up as long as the tutor’s schedule is open. Different subjects taught through online tutoring can include both positives and negatives as some subjects are harder to teach or more difficult to understand through a screen and may require in-person and hand on tactics.
The best way to approach an online tutoring environment is to set everything up before your
tutoring session begins. To avoid wasting time make sure to have any assignments you would
like to go over or have a list of questions you would like to get answered readily before the start of your session. A communication gap between the student and tutor is more common than wanted. It can lead to serious miscommunication issues, but this can all be avoided. In order to have a great student-teacher relationship, keep in contact with your student/tutor, and don’t be afraid to ask questions and give feedback.
It is important to keep up with progress reports to accurately address your student’s needs. A student’s learning style may be different from others whether they prefer auditory or visual learning. You could keep your tutoring sessions interesting by trying different learning strategies/activities. This may include weekly pop quizzes through entertaining platforms like Kahoot. To make online tutoring the best experience possible, all these factors must be considered as well as your student's educational needs.
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