Tutoring used to be perceived as being sort of like psychotherapy – a remedy for a defect, only needed if there was a problem. More and more, though, as the weaknesses of traditional education become more clear and the public school system becomes more financially burdened, tutoring, particularly online tutoring, is coming to be seen as something that can supplement any student’s education and even help exceptional students to excel. This series of posts is about some of the unique ways that online tutoring can benefit any student.
Benefit # 1: One-on-One Attention
Most students in schools today suffer from attention deficit disorder: a deficit of attention from teachers. Even before the economic recession became big news teachers were overburdened, with too many students and too few resources. Recent financial changes have only made this situation worse as government budgets have dried up from the local to the federal level, meaning there are fewer teachers employed, with fewer resources available to them, making it impossible for even the saintliest of teachers to appropriately manage the sheer number of students they are expected to teach, inspire, lead, and be responsible for the well being and personal development of on a daily basis.
An online tutor is able to provide one-on-one attention, after hours, in the comfort of the student’s home. Not only is this a more effective teaching environment for the tutor, who can effectively meet the student’s needs without interference, it is also a more effective learning environment for the student, who doesn’t have to suffer the burdens of social pressure or incessant distractions.