The tutoring market in Australia is a growing $1.3 billion industry, used by a quarter of the students in Australia to support their own education or that of their child.
It is widely believed that private tuition fills an academic gap that overworked teachers in increasingly large classes cannot. However, not everyone agrees with this, with some people expressing the opinion that students who attend a 'quality school' receive all the teaching they need to pass their exams in Years 10 and 12.
Whatever your opinion, there is no doubt that, with the exception of the slight slump in the take-up of online lessons during Covid lockdowns (due to people having lost their job), people looking for education support from an online tutor continues to steadily rise.
For our young people, digital lessons are part of their everyday education, so the move from face to face tutoring to online lessons with a private tutor is not a difficult one. Today's student lives in a cyberspace world — social media, entertainment and communication — so the transition to online learning is a comfortable one, if not preferred.
The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more, nothing less.
~ Dr. Marcus Specht, Professor of Advanced Learning Technologies, Open University of Netherlands ~
Where can you find a tutor and enjoy the benefits of online tuition?
Engage an Online Tutor Through a Tutoring Agency
In response to ongoing lockdowns in Australia, most face to face tutoring agencies have adapted their models to offer online lessons or hybrid lessons (a mix of online and face to face, according to the situation).
The Tutoring Company
A member of the Australian Tutoring Association and awarded in the worldwide Top 50 Organisations in Education, The Tutoring Company offers home-based tuition in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and online tutoring anywhere in Australia. Their personalised tuition offers academic support in a range of subjects, including:
- English — primary school and Years 7 - 12, essay writing, reading, comprehension, grammar, spelling, punctuation
- Maths — basic numeracy concepts, problem-solving, Maths Methods and Specialist Maths for primary school through to Year 12
- Science — chemistry, physics, biology, Years 7 - 12
The founder of The Tutoring Company, Jenny Pownall, is a qualified Maths and Science teacher with extensive experience in Special Needs Education. All tutors employed by the agency are either qualified teachers, specialists in their science field or students in their fourth year of a Bachelor of Education.
The online platform used by The Tutoring Company allows students to chat with their tutors live, upload and share documents, save and print worksheets and record lessons so they can be viewed again at any time.
If your area is in lockdown, The Tutoring Company also offers small group online lessons, which students can take with their classmates, allowing them to complete their classroom work and group tasks in a supervised and supportive environment.
Allowing peace of mind for parents, The Tutoring Company boasts 'stress-free tuition' with:
- no contracts
- flexible scheduling
- no up-front fees
- payment only after a lesson is completed
- access to an education professional for advice and support.
The Kinetic Education group has only ever been about technology and online learning — allowing easy access wherever students may be in Australia.
Focusing on the core subjects of English and Maths, Kinetic Education provides tuition for all year levels from Prep through to Year 12. Each student is regularly assessed to ensure their individual needs are being met.
Kinetic Education covers all student levels, including:
- struggling students who need support to catch up
- intermediate students who are 'okay' but may need the occasional boost
- advanced students requiring extension
- students with special needs (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism).
Find an Online Tutor on the Superprof Platform
Wilfried Granier and Yann Leguillon established Superprof in 2013 and, since then, the tutoring platform has spread throughout the world with over a million registered tutors in every subject you can think of.
The Superprof platform makes it easy to find a tutor who offers the type of tutoring you need, whether face to face or online, private or small group.
A Superprof tutor's profile will tell you what academic levels they specialise in and the subjects they teach, which include:
- English — reading, creative and essay writing, grammar and English as a Second Language
- Maths — basic numeracy skills through to advanced maths concepts and statistics
- Science — biology, chemistry, physics and more
- Music — singing, composition, piano, guitar, violin and so on
- HASS — history, geography, economics
- The Arts — drawing, painting, drama
- Languages — German, Japanese, Latin, French, Chinese ...
And, not every subject on offer is necessarily academic — Superprof also has tutors and teachers for cooking, sewing, fitness and dance.
One common student concern is that they will pay for a tutoring package, only to discover they are not a good fit with their assigned tutor. This does not happen with Superprof because not only is each tutor's profile comprehensive with specific information on their skills, qualifications and areas of expertise, most Superprof tutors provide the first lesson for free with no obligation to continue if things don't work.
Another concern is that a student will not have the right technology to effectively access online tutoring but again, this is not an issue with Superprof as we ensure you need only the basics to access quality online tutoring.
Online Tuition Through a Website Tutoring Platform
Some students prefer to turn to website-based platforms where they can work independently without a tutor. There are numerous sites that do this but you need to check them out carefully before you pay the fees to ensure they meet your needs.
One of the most trusted and widely accessed learning platforms in Australia, IXL is used both in the classroom by teachers and by parents at home.
The platform caters for primary school students (Kindergarten to Year 6) and high school (Year 7 to Year 12) in the core subject areas of Maths and English. Advanced diagnostic and analytical tools are used to personalise each student lesson according to their academic needs.
IXL lessons are more than a series of questions to be answered with a right or wrong response. The analytic tools not only provide a comprehensive report on student progress but also adjust each lesson, providing support, extension and revision activities as needed.
Even though Khan Academy is based on America's school system, they are still one of the more popular online learning sites in Australia.
The focus is on all subjects in the maths and science fields, for all levels from Kindergarten and through primary school, then beyond secondary school into university.
Lessons are delivered via short videos and are organised according to year level and subject. There are practice activities and tests to work through after each video lesson. While there are no specific analytics, there is a progress tracker that measures student achievement levels.
Being American, the year levels are slightly different to Australia, so we recommend you search via topic instead.
Check Advertisements to Find a Tutor
Another effective way to find a tutor is by checking out advertisements. You can find these in school newsletters or university and community noticeboards (if you want someone local who is also an online tutor) or on a variety of online job platforms.
This platform does not only cater for goods but for services as well, including tutoring. Anyone can jump on, and narrow their search to where they live (whether Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or more remote areas) and the type of tutor needed (maths, English, chemistry, physics, music, general study skills and so on).
Following your search, the listings appear in random order. You will need to scan through the ads carefully to select a tutor who best meets your needs and budget.
Mum's the Word
This online site allows students to list their specific requirements (in English and maths) to generate a shortlist of recommendations tailored to individual needs. The focus here is on small group tutoring, rather than individual lessons, but is a useful source nonetheless, especially if you need to save money by sharing the cost of sessions with a group of friends.
This platform is just one of dozens of platforms where tutors (who are often university students or retired teachers, both looking for effective ways to make extra cash) advertise their services. With TutorFinder, you select your region (throughout Australia), then select your subject. You will be presented with a list of tutors who meet your criteria. Again, they are not ranked, so you need to check each advertisement carefully.
Although it may seem that almost everything is online these days, many tutors still advertise on the classic platforms:
- newspapers (though most of these are online now)
- letterbox fliers
- school newsletters and noticeboards
- university noticeboards.
Don't discount these as your ideal tutor may be on one of those slips of paper.
Agency or tutoring platform, freelance tutor, Superprof teacher, private or group — the perfect opportunity to get ahead in your education is often just a click away.
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