How online tutoring works:
The online technology that our tutors use ensures that you get all the benefits of one-to-one tutoring plus easy access to online learning materials. Spoken communication is over video conferencing (e.g. Teams, Skype or Zoom) and written communication is via our online, interactive whiteboard.
- The tutors use reliable and innovative online learning software and benefit from live video and audio streaming, interactive whiteboards and desktop sharing.
- Students are able to access the whiteboard after lessons to assist with homework and revision.
Common questions about online tutoring:
Parents and children are naturally more familiar with the concept of face-to-face tuition - after all, children learn a huge amount as babies literally face-to-face with their parents! The school classroom too, to a lesser extent, allows a degree of one-to-one learning time with teachers, and so in-person tuition can feel like a natural amplification of this learning style.
Online tutoring can sometimes seem like a very different beast to parents and children - somehow less immediate, effective, and providing less value for money. It’s a common question for parents considering all the options to support and enhance their child’s academic achievements, but it is an option with some powerful advantages that may be perfect for you and your child.
Here are answers to some of the most common questions around online tutoring:
Is online tutoring effective?
The simple answer is yes. Many children around the world benefit enormously from online tutoring, for many of the same reasons as those who receive in person tutoring. Expert teaching, advice, and guidance, tailored to your child’s specific educational needs and goals, will make a difference to their academic performance no matter the format used to deliver it. The key factor, whether online or in-person, is the tutor in question - are they able to build trust, truly understand your child’s needs, and deliver engaging and effective tuition? Good online tutors understand the need to do this and take pains to ensure that though their tuition may take place at a distance, its impact on your child should be just as keenly felt.
What are the benefits of online tutoring?
Online tutoring has many distinct benefits. Removing the limitation of working with a tutor directly in your area means you have a wider range of choices, maximising your ability to find exactly the right tutor for your child’s needs. Online tutoring can help to naturally integrate the use of a wider range of materials into tuition, including online worksheets and video resources. It’s also easier to schedule tuition at a time that suits your child’s particular daily routine.
How do I find the right online tutoring provider?
It’s always good to start with some Google searches, alongside asking other parents and teachers you know and trust for their word of mouth recommendations. You’ll find a wealth of resources on good tutoring agencies’ websites that will help you understand their ethos and reputation, which you should follow up with some over the phone or online video calls. You’ll get a sense by doing this of whether the agencies you shortlist have the right attitude and ask the right questions, and you’ll be able to look at the kind of tutors they have on their rosters. Ultimately you’ll judge the tutor you eventually select by the impact and reaction you see them generate in your child.
If you are considering online tutoring for you child and would like to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact Keystone Tutors.