The Internet changed education. Although traditional teaching methods are still the most effective for schooling, the Internet has paved the way for us to learn through different means. The online world is rich with academic content, instructional videos, written tutorials, and webinars. But despite all these options, there is one format for learning that sits on top of the list as far as convenience and cost are concerned: online tutoring.
Nothing beats a one-on-one tutoring activity. The sessions between the instructor and the student are fruitful. They are focused. And both parties spend time focused on one thing: student development.
Today, many people still question whether online tutoring is worth the money. How does it differ from traditional, physical tutoring and is it effective? In this article, we will explore its benefits and let you decide.
You Have More Flexibility
Since the whole world is your marketplace, you can select online tutoring services that fit your most convenient time. Logistics should be the least of your concerns.
Whether you are a student or a parent, a schedule should never be an issue anymore. A lot of tutors are available 24/7 and all you have to do is to find a suitable and convenient time for you or your children. This flexibility allows you to perform all of your duties in the office or at home with no detriment to your children’s education.
You Have More Tutor Options
You have a whole world of instructors at your fingertips. With traditional tutoring, you are limited to what your city can offer. If you live far enough, you also get lesser options. You are tied up with the quality of instructors available in your area, let alone choose high-quality services in different academic domains. In addition, many tutors will not travel that far going to your home due to the costs of transportation. This leaves you with a smaller pool of tutors to choose from if home service is what you need.
Online, you can choose tutors who live on the other side of the world. You have feedback mechanisms to review and validate the effectiveness of the instructor. You can select tutors on the basis of their specialization. You can choose based on their language, too.
You Have Access to a Ton of Learning Materials
In the brick and mortar world, you are limited to the books available within your academic environment. Though it is true that you can browse online after your tutoring session, the materials you find are not designed for your specific needs. You will waste your time sifting through all this information before you find the right one for the subject you are studying for.
With online tutoring, your instructors have already prepared course work and instructional materials specifically to you. These materials are tailor-fit for each subject at each grade level. This also means that these materials are proprietary and you can only access this if you are a registered member.
If you need a refresher course, just tell your instructor to give you one; if you need quiz materials to test out your new skills, tell your instructor and he can do the same. Some services even offer a library of materials online, accessible 24/7 for paying members.
All in all, online tutoring has a lot more to offer than traditional ones. And we did not mention that space is never an issue since you can conduct the sessions anywhere. All you need to have is your laptop or tablet and a strong Internet connection. Traditional tutoring does not have the versatility of online tutoring. In fact, most tutors are now shifting to online tutoring because of the mutual benefit it offers to both the instructor and the student.