A student in Australia will often get what they need from a school class as long as the teacher has enough time to focus on them. Children in primary education are free to explore, but because of this, it is easy for them to get lost and find their way back.
And what about upper-year students or even year 11 and year 12 students? The support they should be getting from their maths teacher, English teacher, or chemistry teacher may well be more dedicated in the sense of individual focus, but students might be going home and needing more support online than what is provided.
Here enters the mighty online tutor with a platform like Superprof, which can offer great support and give a little extra work or help where a teacher might be stretched too thin at school. No longer any need for parents to desperately seek tutors and pay them to travel long distances due to living in a remote location, nor any worry that a HSC student in Sydney NSW focusing on their ATAR will have to coast along without the support needed.
Online tutoring is bringing education to the whole country in a new way that isn't limited to geography, education quality, or subject choice.
Technology is here to stay
Maths and English curriculum are so common nationwide, and even compulsory for every child at school, so it goes without saying that you're spoiled for choice when picking an online tutor.
An online tutor is there to help your child with their education!
Below we have provided some of the reasons for the boost in the desire to work with an online tutor in Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC, and all across Australia over the past year or two years (hint: it's the elephant in the room - Covid).
The way we work, and not just in relation to maths, English, chemistry, and other obvious school-related subjects, but the whole world has had to reconsider how children and adults alike can work and maintain jobs. This hasn't been easy for everyone, but thankfully a platform like Superprof has been able to aid students to keep in contact with tutors and liven up their learning.
Using online and collaborative learning is also something that we've come to realise we're very adept at over the past year or two years, and we have been able to find ways as well as time to divide our attention lesson after lesson while we've been outside of a traditional school or university context.
The Digital Online Generation
Also known as the digital natives, the generation born after 1996 after referred to as such since they have never known life without the internet. This is not to say they are inherently computer whizzes, but considering the fact that they've had various iterations of screen time since infancy and online lifestyles, they have a naturalness with phones, computers, tablets, and televisions thanks to all the developments of the internet they've witnessed from Facebook to Instagram to Moodle to Spotify (not to mention actual computer interfacing and harnessing technology for creative ends).
Given that many of these people are in their childhood, teenage years, or early twenties, it's obvious that they will still be receiving tuition at primary school, high school, or university and thus due to their comfortability with online living, they don't have such a problem with online education either (despite the self-evident pitfalls).
Discover the benefits of online tutoring here.
Is a Webcam Really Necessary?
There are many reasons why a webcam is beneficial, yet just as many say it's just complementary, not essential for learning.
Tutoring has been around since Ancient Greece so it's no surprise that it has developed over the years. Nonetheless, one key element of private tutoring has always been that it's not like a traditional lesson, and has more of a peer support feel, even for a child or primary school student.
For this reason, being able to see your private tutor might mean that you're provided with more connection than the personalised focus of private tutoring is known to provide. You're just as much a motivator as an academic coach, so holding onto this via the visual element of webcam use in classes might lead to better reviews on a given tutoring platform since you can give an extra level of support by actually seeing the student and their work live.
You might also get more jobs since people will come to know your attention to detail in your maths, English, chemistry etc tutoring sessions.
Many students are actually university students too who need help with learning skills and bouncing ideas off a private teacher outside of their university tutorial sessions rather than needing the style of school support offered in primary school, high school years, and year 11 and year 12 at HSC/VCE.
The Lay of the Land of the Tutoring Market in Australia
Whilst tutoring services and centres like KUMON operate after school and give either extracurricular help and support or extra work to get students to boost their skills, online tutoring is relatively new here due to the wariness of online learning up until about 10 years ago.
Nevertheless, at Superprof, as an online service that puts students in touch with private tutors as needed and in various subjects, we noticed that there was a boost in the use of our online services to meet academic needs. This was clearly linked to the pandemic but could show a greater trend overall.
Different versions of online learning and tutoring support have appeared over the years, but knowing how people really use the internet and keeping their attention, and especially acknowledging that online and in-person learning are not the same is crucial to making sure the market adapts to what is needed by students.
Look into the pros of online learning here.
What are some pitfalls of Web-Based Tutoring?
As we mentioned above, it's not the same as in person. But that's not inherently bad either! The main issues come in the forms of access to a good tutor and technology.
Safety is one part of finding a good tutor. Whereas you'd vet the person or get an agency to do it before inviting them into your home, an online tutor could have semi-unclear photos and not actually be who they say they are when it comes time for your sessions. Whilst there might not be a direct threat to anyone, they may be ending up being paid and are not qualified, and subsequently have information about you you'd prefer they didn't.
A platform like Superprof requires profile pages of tutors so that you can check their credentials too and see if they're a good match, as well as letting you get to know them over a free first session or sessions.
If you're looking for someone to tutor your child, then the benefits of online tutoring will definitely come into play.
How Technology can be Restrictive
If you've ever been in the middle of streaming a film and it has cut out for no reason, you will know that it's time to reset the modem. Sometimes broadband connections can ruin online learning too.
The 5G rollout the world over has been hampered by Covid and has meant what would be otherwise stable connection has been shaky due to the transition from previous technologies.
The new programs like Zoom and Microsoft Teams that have appeared in recent years really came to prominence during the pandemic and whilst they're quite tried and tested now, we have all heard the funny stories of someone who forgot to turn their camera off and had an embarrassing phone call, or just left themselves on mute after monologuing for 3 minutes and had to repeat everything.
Collaborative learning is good but also dependent on correct equipment and connectivity too, so technological caveats are also meaning that entirely online learning still isn't the most viable option.
Let us know in the comment section how Superprof can help your online education!
Have a read about why you should consider using online tutoring.
Web-Based Tutoring Market Changes
The many factors that have led to considering online learning in the past few years have made it plain that there is a clear appeal for students to try online tutoring. The change in perception of private tutoring from a service only for the very smart or wealthy to a service that is a way to access the plethora of information we already have at our fingertips and receives support on how to make sense of this has made it more appealing and personalised thanks to the online presence of tutors.
Over the next year, Superprof forecasts the following changes and trends in online education:
- Consistent market growth as the subjects offered to diversify and the range of levels and service methods appear. This will have a primary target of HSC and university students, with some early high school students in the catchment
- Financially viable online tutoring will continue to attract those previously put off
- Communications technology improvements will draw more people in with an enhanced experience
- A sharp increase in the onboarding of new tutors to our platform as new actors enter the market
- Increased investment interest from diversifying education industry actors and private startup investors
Therefore, finding a tutor in your subject field, no matter how niche, will be facilitated by online learning and access to a larger range of tutors.
How effective will this all be? There is positive proof that online learning works.
By the way, does virtual learning have cons? Check out this article to find out now.
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