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Another Advantage Of Online Tutoring

A few weeks ago I woke up one morning and felt a cold starting to come on. The symptoms were mild and didn’t keep me from functioning, but I knew that I would be contagious if I was in the same room with somebody.

I had a tutoring appointment that morning, but fortunately it was on online appointment. It occurred to me then, that if I had been tutoring in person, I would have had to make a choice between either cancelling the appointment, or taking a chance on making my client sick. I was glad I didn’t have to make that choice! I was able to continue with my schedule as planned, with no interruption, and I realized that this was an advantage of online tutoring I hadn’t thought of before.

So there you have it, yet another advantage of online tutoring – no transmission of cold or flu bugs!

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“I Need Face To Face Tutoring…”

It still amazes me how often I hear this, even from people who are looking for a tutor on the Internet.  Of course, the main part of my role as an online tutor is to provide exceptional service in making the learning process easy and enjoyable, but a major part of it is also to raise people’s awareness about the possibilities and advantages of online tutoring.  I recently received a message through an online tutoring site from a parent who was looking for a math tutor, and sent this by way of introduction:

“Hi, I can help your son or daughter not just get better grades but also learn to enjoy and appreciate math. I specialize in working with each individual student’s learning style to make the learning process fun and easy. I guarantee a fun, stress-free learning experience that your son or daughter will look forward to! Let me know if you’d like my help.

Regards

Dane”

The reply was succinct and far too typical:

“Hi Dane thanks for responding..I’m actually in North Carolina…and need face to face tutoring.”

Now, a lot of people say things like this, but I’ve never heard someone say “I tried online tutoring and it didn’t work for me.”  In my experience the only reason people ever say things like this is because they simply haven’t tried online tutoring and just can’t imagine how it might work.  That’s okay though, because before the 1990’s a lot of people had never heard of teleconferencing, and many of them probably said “But I need a face to face meeting…” when they first heard the idea.  I don’t know if it will make any difference, but for what it’s worth I tried to open her mind:

“A lot of people think they need in-person tutoring if they have never tried online tutoring before, but I can assure you that online tutoring works just as well and even has some unique advantages. 🙂 For one thing, scheduling is a lot easier when nobody has to drive, and that is assuming that you are even lucky enough to find someone in your local area who is able to work with you. I regularly work with students online in everything from elementary arithmetic and algebra to advanced college math, and as long as you have a decent Internet connection and a webcam, I guarantee you that I can help you. Does your son or daughter already use Skype? If not it’s free to download and install, and that’s all we need to make it work. Of course you can try just one session to start with, and if it doesn’t work for whatever reason then it won’t cost you anything. I am here if you would like my help.

Dane”

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Six Unique Benefits of Online Tutoring, Part 6

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 # 6: Value

If your selection of anything is limited to what’s available locally, then you may end up having to settle for what you get.  And if you are seeking a tutor who is a specialist in an area like math, who is both highly knowledgeable about the subject and skilled at communicating with students, and who is available on demand, you just might be out of luck if you are stuck on meeting in person.

With online tutoring, the problems of selection and availability are removed.  Having a wide selection of tutors available from all over the country and the world means that you can be assured of getting a good value. If you pay for an in-person tutor, not only will you be limited to a locally available selection, you will also have to pay for their gas (and yours, if you meet them somewhere).

Value is just one more reason that an online tutor can be a valuable educational resource for any student. Combining the one-on-one attention and relatability of a traditional tutor with the ease of availability and selection provided by the Internet can make greater educational achievements a reality.

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Six Unique Benefits of Online Tutoring, Part 5

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 # 5: Selection

If you choose to work with a tutor, finding a good one is always important, and especially so in subjects like math where high quality specialists are rare.  The availability of the Internet, however, makes finding the right tutor easier than ever.

One benefit that online tutoring can provide that even in-person tutoring can’t is selection. Choosing to use an online tutor makes tutoring talent from all over available to you, making it easier for you to find a tutor whose personality and skills are a good match for your particular needs.

 

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Six Unique Benefits of Online Tutoring, Part 4

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 # 4: Availability

What if your child could have an on-call expert in a given subject available 24/7?  How would any child’s chances to excel academically improve with this kind of attention?

This is the reality of online tutoring.  While teachers, because of their position, cannot possibly provide individual attention to each student, let alone make appointments after hours.

An online tutor, however, can be available as much or as little as a student needs, and can be available at any time.  With on online tutor you don’t even have the potential inconvenience of having to meet with somebody in person or having to leave your home.  Tutoring sessions can be scheduled to blend seamlessly with the rest of life, providing both structure and flexibility to a student’s academic routine.

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Six Unique Benefits of Online Tutoring, Part 3

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 # 3: Self Esteem

The bell curve is bogus.  Education is an individual experience.  The more any teaching has to be standardized, the more it has to be watered down, and the less effective it is for any individual.

Since a teacher has to present material to a whole class of students at once and doesn’t have time to tailor presentation methods to individual students, invariably with any concept presented in the classroom there are some students who “get it” and some who don’t. This tends to make the students who get it feel “smart” and the ones who don’t get it feel “dumb”. The limitations of the teacher’s methods tend to be internalized by the students who don’t “get it”, who come to accept them as limitations of their own learning ability. In reality, if the material was presented in a different way, the “dumb” kids would get it and the “smart” kids wouldn’t! By paying attention to students’ individual learning cues and presenting concepts in a way that is natural for individual students to understand, a good tutor is able to permanently boost any student’s self esteem and learning ability, not by telling them that they are “smart” but by proving it.

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Six Unique Benefits of Online Tutoring, Part 2

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.