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 # 2: Relationships
“I wish my teacher could explain it like this!” is one of the most common things a good tutor hears from students.
Partly because of the comfortable, one-on-one learning environment, partly because of similarity of perspective, and partly because of other intangible factors, it tends to be easier for students to communicate with tutors, even online tutors, than with teachers. Unlike a teacher, a tutor doesn’t have to see to the needs of two dozen other students at the same time or pull double duty as an authority figure. Likewise, rather than handing down knowledge from on high, a tutor is able to remember what it was like to be a student (or may even still be a student) and is able to relate more easily to a student’s perspective than a teacher who has to maintain a veneer of discipline and adulthood. Thus a good tutor provides an opportunity to establish a uniquely supportive learning relationship, one that can completely transform a student’s educational experience.