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Is Online Tutoring Effective?

Ethan Carter

9th November 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more students are being admitted to online tutoring platforms to catch up on their education. This raises questions about the effectiveness of online tutoring.

In short, online tutoring is extremely effective. Think of it like this. Technology, in a general sense, makes basic aspects of human life a lot easier. It makes it easier for people to communicate, it makes booking a trip to the cinema a lot less of a hassle and the same can be said for online tutoring. 

There's a number of reasons why this is the case.

Benefits of online tutoring for the tutor:

  • Online tutoring platforms allow access to a much wider range of students. It also opens the door to lucrative international student teaching.
  • Teaching from the comfort of your own home is not only a neat bonus, but it is also a lot more convenient.
  • Using online tutoring platforms like Sherpa Online, tutors are able to use cutting-edge technology to offer the best academic learning experience for the student.

Benefits of online tutoring for the student:

  • Using online tutoring platforms allows students to have the biggest scope of expert and specialist tutors for their given subject. Students can compare tutors against one another to find their most ideal tutor. They’re not limited to a handful of local tutors near them or a couple of tutors from word of mouth.
  • Sherpa Online’s tutoring platform allows for all content shared in the lesson to be saved as PDF on the platform. Making every lesson a lot more valuable when revising from notes.
  • Online tutor lessons have vast amounts of flexibility. Online platforms make it easier to book and reschedule lessons outside of traditional working hours.
  • Students have the exact same learning experience as they would for face-to-face tutoring. All the functions of a face-to-face lesson are easily transferable to an online lesson.

Is online tutoring effective?

Providing that all the usual problems relating to technology are in check, there should be no reason why online tutoring isn’t effective.

From research carried out by Sherpa Online, the biggest concerns were regarding connection problems and the engagement that comes from sitting behind a computer screen.

Online tutoring is extremely engaging which goes against the general perception of it. 

Take a maths lesson for example. Maths, for some students, can be a tricky topic to understand properly. This means that having an engaging lesson is crucial to the overall success of the lesson. Due to the nature of online classrooms, each lesson can be highly personalised to each individual. From scientific studies and also experience from students using online platforms, high levels of engagement come from using interactive teaching methods. Online tutoring nurtures this environment allowing students to engage and verbalise their responses to the content provided by tutors.

What is the evidence?

Scientific studies have also shown students that undergo online tuition to retain 25%-60% more material when compared to 8%-10% within a classroom environment.

Some online tutoring platforms have conducted research on work progress via online learning platforms. Using a standardised assessment test it found that children who received our one-to-one online maths tuition achieved double their expected progress. They made 28 weeks of progress in 14 weeks. 

Provided the technology is sound and you find a well-trained, qualified tutor, it will be as effective as face-to-face tutoring.

Other benefits of online tutoring

Online tutoring will also help improve your child's technological skills. Providing your child uses an online platform, it gives them the advantage of nurturing and developing their all-important digital skills, which is important for later life when looking for a job.

Online tuition is safe and secure. As stated previously, the lesson takes place from the comfort of your own home. This means students learn in a more comfortable environment but parents are also able to keep an eye on what’s going on. Tutor platforms like Sherpa Online also vet tutors ensuring that they’re DBS checked and qualified to teach at the highest standard. Every lesson on the platform is also recorded if any issues regarding safety pop up.

Online tutoring is actually cheaper than face-to-face tutoring. The cost of face-to-face tutors can vary hugely depending on where you live. These tutors often range from £30- £80 an hour. This is a lot more expensive when compared to online lessons. The cheapest lessons provided from Sherpa start from £15/per hour with the average lesson being £25-£30.

To make online tutoring as effective as possible, be sure to use the correct online platform. Sherpa Online grants students access to the most qualified and engaging tutors over the internet


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