- 01. Find the Best Tutor for You
- 02. Online Classes are Cheaper
- 03. No Issues with Transport
- 04. Save Time
- 05. Be More Relaxed in Your Own Home
- 06. Less Formal Online Learning May Lead to Increased Results
- 07. Individualised Learning
- 08. Resources and Methodology to Suit Your Needs
- 09. You'll Be Surprised What You Can Learn Online
- 10. Perfect for Revision or Between-Lesson Study
Computer and digital technology have come a long way in the last twenty or so years. In fact, today's students can probably not imagine a world without digital communication or a school without computer technology.
While the computer has been making steady advances into the education world, and digital teaching resources have been increasingly sourced by teachers, online learning has really only pushed its way to the forefront recently because of the pandemic.
Students have long sought help with subjects including maths, English and science, from tutors and tutoring agencies who, for the most part, have operated in a face-to-face capacity. Now, however, the largest proportion of academic help, outside the school setting, is found with tutors and companies who offer online tutoring.
There really is no limit to the types of online classes and tutoring support a student can access — simply by switching on a computer.
- English tuition: reading, writing, oral/aural comprehension, English for speakers of other languages
- Maths tutoring: basic number concepts for primary school students to advanced trigonometry for senior high school students (and through to university level work)
- Science subjects: targetted help with physics, chemistry, biology or other science subjects
- Social Science fields: history, geography, civics and citizenship
- Languages: French, Japanese, Auslan and other languages
- The Arts: music, drama, visual arts, digital media
Apart from assistance with specific subjects, students can also access help with study skills, or support with learning disabilities (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, vision, hearing)
Wherever students needed private, one-on-one tutoring support, the same can be achieved with online tutoring.
If you're not convinced, here a ten solid reasons why you should be.
Find the Best Tutor for You
There are no geographical limitations when it comes to finding a teacher for online tutoring.
While academic level, learning needs or specialised subjects might make it difficult to find a face-to-face tutor in your area, this problem is eliminated when it comes to digital education — there is no reason why a student in Sydney, Melbourne or regional Australia can't receive a weekly French lesson from a native French teacher who lives in Paris.
Learn maths, English, chemistry or physics with top tutors anywhere in Australia or the world.
Private tutors and tutoring agencies advertise online, where they should provide full details of specialisations, qualifications and teaching skills, allowing the student to choose the best tutor for their learning needs.
If you're worried about your choice, all good tutors will offer free getting-to-know-you sessions, including a free lesson, to make sure student and tutor can work effectively together.
Finding a great online tutor to help you achieve your education goals has never been easier.
Online Classes are Cheaper
There are many expenses in education these days, so if you can save some money on tutoring and still receive the same quality of teaching — why wouldn't you? Online tutoring is not cheaper because it is of poorer quality but simply because the tutor has no overheads, such as travel expenses and public liability insurance.
If you have a stable internet connection, your main expense will be a good computer or device with a webcam and microphone headset. Once you're set up, the only cost will be the hourly rate charged by your tutor — no transport costs, no extra resources.
If you've enrolled in online classes or courses, the same thing applies — everything you need, once you've paid for the course or subscribed to the package or computer learning software, is sent to you online.
A few tips to make sure you maximise this opportunity:
- Invest in a good quality headset, ideally with a built-in microphone — easy, uninterrupted communication with your tutor is key.
- Use (free) web-based conference platforms (like Skype or Zoom) that allow screen-sharing so you can allow your tutor to see your maths workings or English essay. If a tutor asks you to purchase a software package for your online learning, it may be best to look for other tutors.
- Set up a study space, perhaps with extra lighting or a desk where everything you need is in easy reach.
Another tip to save some money is to opt for small group sessions. This may be with other students you know, or students from elsewhere in Australia.
Zoom and Skype both allow multiple participants so all students can be on the same call, maximising communication and learning opportunities while sharing the cost of the tutor. Most tutors are fine with this — Superprof tutors certainly are.
No Issues with Transport
When you are working in a face-to-face situation, at least one person, if not both student and tutor, will need to travel to attend each lesson. This can lead to issues like:
- being caught in nasty weather
- bus or train delays or strikes
- getting lost.
In turn, these issues may cause a lesson to be shortened or cancelled, and will always result in stress, which affects learning.
Online learning does not require travel time so, unless you have a blackout, very little will impact your learning time.
Time is precious. Whether you're waiting for public transport (5 minutes in Sydney but up to 12 minutes in other parts of Australia) or actually commuting between home and your work, school or tutoring location (an average time of 47 minutes in Melbourne), this is time that could be better spent on other pursuits, like study.
Online tutoring eliminates this time-soak activity.
Be More Relaxed in Your Own Home
When you're at home, you're more likely to be relaxed — it's comfortable, the environment is familiar and you know where everything is.
Research has shown that being relaxed increases happiness and reduces stress — and both of these open the mind to learning new skills and retaining knowledge.
That being said, if your home is in a state of disarray, this might not be so relaxing and can hinder learning. If you're receiving online tutoring in your own home, however, you are in control of your environment and you alone are in charge of where everything is and what is seen.
Creating a pleasant physical learning environment is one way to help support and maximise your learning.
Being in comfortable clothing can be a help too — even your pyjamas if they're not going to distract you from your English study, maths formula or chemistry lesson on a new concept.
Less Formal Online Learning May Lead to Increased Results
A significant proportion of a successful tutoring arrangement can be attributed to easy rapport and open communication between student and tutor. Formal teaching, in the school setting with large classes, is not conducive to this relationship — however, the online tutoring environment is.
Plus, in all honesty, many young students find it easier to build this rapport with a younger tutor — and younger tutors are often more technology savvy, so more likely to be teaching online.
In the traditional school setting, you will see the teacher providing information (teaching) to students who absorb said information (learning). For years, this has been considered the only way to teach and learn.
New studies, however, disprove this years old belief. Instead, the most effective teaching and learning occur when students are exposed to a range of teaching methods that embrace different learning styles. Online education enables this and private online tutoring also allows the tutor or teacher to easily and quickly (literally at the click of a button) adapt their lesson to cater for the individual needs of each student they work with.
Resources and Methodology to Suit Your Needs
Digital technology provides an almost infinite range of teaching tools, ready to be accessed by every tutor and employed to benefit their students.
There are digital texts, online games, instructional clips and interactive whiteboards — all resources that lend themselves to any year level, from primary school to high school and from university undergraduate to postgraduate and masters students.
Traditional education methods are easily blended with modern technology when a little creativity and an innovative approach is applied — Superprof tutors are evidence of this.
You'll Be Surprised What You Can Learn Online
As discussed above, you can access academic tutoring in all subjects — maths, earth science, chemistry, physics, English and more. And this tutoring may be from any level to Year 1 in primary school, throughout high school (with specialised tutoring to get students through HSC, VCE (or equivalent) and ATAR) and into university (bachelor or master degrees, undergraduate to postgraduate).
However, you can also learn new recreational skills as well, including:
- languages for travel or cultural understanding (French, Japanese, Italian ...)
- music — learn a new instrument, learn how to sing with confidence, music appreciation ...
- writing for specific purposes (creative writing or poetry)
- computer skills
- physical activities (yoga, pilates, meditation and, yes, even sports coaching)
Perfect for Revision or Between-Lesson Study
If your tutor uses Zoom or a similar platform, your lesson can be recorded meaning that revision of new concepts or skills becomes super easy.
For group lessons, the online environment can be opened to encourage group study sessions and peer-to-peer tutoring — like a study buddy.
Online learning is the future of education.
Don't sit and wait until it's too late to catch up or get ahead — with hundreds of subjects taught by thousands of tutors, Superprof is the online tutoring platform with the most.
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