The Covid19 pandemic is something which we all know and have experienced collectively in Australia and around the world, especially in cities such as Melbourne in Victoria and Sydney in NSW who have lived through multiple extended periods of lockdowns, Covid19 has moved us all more online maybe more than we would like.
With an increased amount of hours spent indoors and online, education is something that has had to adapt the most quickly. Under the education umbrella of course is the world of online tutoring which you can argue is now more important than ever.
Here at Superprof, we believe that everyone should be able to explore any subject or skill they want, with thousands of teachers and tutors across Australia enthusiastically ready to share their knowledge with new school students!
Given that pupils across Australia have had to cope with remote learning and disrupted schooling for the last two years, there are plenty of parents out there now seeking academic assitance for their children to help ensure they aren't falling too far behind.
Online tutoring is now more popular than ever, it has always been an appealing option for both tutors and pupils because of the flexibility and lack of travel costs to and from lessons.
In today's world where we are all living through a pandemic, online lessons are now also a safer option to help stop the spread of Covid19.
In this article, we're going to explore some of the current research into online tutoring in Australia, and learn about some of the academic research behind the benefits of online tutoring and how it can best assist school pupils and their learning experience.
Why do People Employ Private Tutors?
For many parents, the struggle to maintain a healthy work-life balance during the many lockdowns in Melbourne and Sydney meant that many parents had to take on the responsibility for their child's education at home during remote learning.
For this reason tuition, both in-person and online have now become an essential learning support method for many parents and their children to assist in their learning despite the last two years of disrupted teaching in the classroom.
There are government initiatives in place to provide tuition at schools, however these positions are only available to pre-service teachers, retired teachers, current teachers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists.
When it comes to private tuition you don't have to be a qualified teacher, however, some experience and qualifications are still required in order for you to find work as a trustworthy and reputable educator. Check out our article on Working with Children Checks to learn more.
For parents of high school children in particular tuition is a very popular option to assist pupils in their preparation for their year 12 HSC, VCE or WACE exams. Often pupils are more capable than they realise and all they need is a little extra support to give them the confidence boost they need to believe in their own abilities and hard work.
So, what are some other reasons why parents seek out private tuition for their children?
- It's cost-effective: there are many tutors out there who recognise that education should be accessible for all, and have prices per hour that reflect this sentiment.
- It's safer and from the comfort of your own home: we've already mentioned this one, however it's great to emphasise this point as it's so important to limit the spread where we can!
- It can be a more personalised experience for your students: for some pupils it can be tricky to keep on online during remote learning, and trying to settle back into a busy classroom out of lockdowns. For this reason, private tuition can sometimes be the best thing for pupils who thrive with one to one teaching.
- The flexibility: choosing to tutor online is a great option for a busy student, but also for you as the tutor or teacher. Cutting out the travel to and from lessons means that you have more energy to focus on your role as an educator and plan engaging and fun lessons for your pupils.
We've got a great article for you to check out all about tutoring tips which goes over the tools and skills you will need to get started and find tutoring jobs here.
Government Funded Research in Australia
There are a number of organisations that have been researching the benefits of tutoring over the years, for example The Smith Family in Australia have been given the green light and government funding to continue a second Catch-Up Learning Pilot Program.
Tutoring programs such as these primarily focus on subjects to help assist children with their Maths and English skills, often referred to as Literacy and Numeracy. These foundational subjects are essential building blocks to give children confidence in their ability to apply their problem solving and critical thinking skills in future subjects they choose to study.
The Department of Education, Skills and Training has free access to their recent research into early education, and reaching year 12 education available on their website. We would recommend checking out websites and platforms like these so you can stay informed as an educator and be up to date with the latest information and research.
The NSW government website also has free to access research available, in particular a literature review discussing how private tuition can help improve pupils abilities and skills in Maths.
This particular literature review highlights how much of a positive impact and important role tuition has to play when it comes to pupils who may have academic disadvantages due to socio-economic class.
Online Tutoring and Helping Students Reach Higher Education
As we just mentioned, for some school students private tuition is a window of opportunity when it comes to their education. Many school students may not learn the best in busy classrooms and find it hard to catch up without some one on one assistance for clarification.
These school pupils may therefore lack confidence in their ability to learn, and private tuition is an education space where there is more flexibility for how lessons can be structured and tailored to suit a student's personal learning style.
For high school students, the pressures of year 12 and the expectation to get a great ATAR score can be overwhelming, there is also where tutoring can come in to play a role in preparing high school students for university.
Some school students may just need some extra guidance in VCE or HSC subjects such as Chemistry or English in terms of their study skills and ability to self manage. With the help of a tutor with experience, these pupils can do their best when it comes to exam time.
Become a Tutor for Superprof
We hope you have enjoyed this article and now know where you can go to find the most up to date research when it comes to tutoring and education. You may have already checked out some of our other articles about becoming a tutor, and if not be sure to see if there's any other of our articles that might be helpful!
Choosing to work with us here at Superprof is a fun and easy way to connect with pupils all over Australia, you'll have the benefits of:
- Choosing your own hours
- Setting your own cost per lesson
- Work from home
- Teach multiple subjects
Sharing your love of learning with others is an incredibly rewarding career pathway and can lead you to like-minded and interesting people as well as provide connections for future occupations you want to explore!
Tutoring is a great option whether you are looking for full time work or just wanting to get a bit of cash on the side, make the job work for you how you want!
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