- Maths – A Level (AS/A2)/GCSE/iGCSE/13+ exams/11+ exams/Dyscalculia
- Physics – A Level/GCSE/iGCSE/13+ exams/11+ exams
- Chemistry/Biology – GCSE/iGCSE/13+ exams/11+ exams
If your child is struggling with maths or Science then they need a professional 1-on-1 private tuition expert. I have been tutoring face to face for 10 years and online (Skype/FaceTime) for over 4 years. I have a bold claim to make, online tuition is considerably better than face to face tuition. My online tuition system is simplicity itself. The student will just need a computer or tablet, or even just a smartphone with an internet or mobile data connection.
Back to my bold claim that online is better than in person. Following is a summary on why that’s the case:
- Student engagement : In teaching, active engagement is king. When a student engages and starts writing, or speaking they start processing and learning. Traditional blackboard teaching is passive and assumes the student is listening to everything the teacher has to say. We all know that this is simply not true. It is impossible to 100% absorb everything when a student is being spoken to. Different students absorb differently in this most passive and inefficient method of broadcast teaching. Face to face tuition improves on this immensely but there is still a large element of the student being spoken to. With online tuition the student engages straightaway and starts writing, reading and explaining things back to me. They are active right from the very start and are teaching themselves with my guidance.
- Closely related to the above point is that the children of today are growing up in an entirely new environment than any child has ever grown up before. Like it or not they are using and interacting with screens daily. Not only that, but every parent knows how attentive and glued to a screen children can be, a screen can command undivided attention. I had a student diagnosed ADD, she was more attentive to what I had to say to her and ask her to do when we went online on screen than face to face. But not to worry if you think they will be glued to the screen for hours. My method involves only occasional glances at the screen, most of the time the student is writing with good old pen and paper.
- No one watching over : An adult sitting next to a student and watching a student write and work things out can be awkward for students. Of course the best tutors can make that process more comfortable, but in many cases students want to ‘make mistakes’ and not let anyone see it. With online tuition I only see the student’s written work when they feel absolutely ready to show me their work (after crossing out any mistakes they made previously while trying to ‘figure it out’). What a relief for the student not to feel being watched over.
- Students are more relaxed : In Salman Khan’s book “One World Schoolhouse” (founder of the Khan Academy), he starts off talking about how he started tutoring his niece, and one day his niece just said something along the lines of “I prefer you on YouTube than I do in real life because I can rewind/pause you and work things out in my own time”. I have tutored exactly the same student one day face to face and the other day online. They are so much more relaxed online than face to face. Something about the distance and the lack of my physical presence in the room really helps. To a 10 year old I am a large adult twice their size, but on a screen I am a tiny moving picture many times smaller than them.
- Taking ownership of learning : Online the emphasis is on the student to take the initiative, write out things and Google search videos or facts that I ask them to do. This is far more powerful than me doing it for them, which is what I do when tutoring face to face. I spoonfeed students less, and trust them to work things out themselves. Even with students as young as 12, I am finding students absolutely relish taking the driver’s seat as I become their guide and navigator.
- Available even at school or on holiday : Students can be taught during their homework time, even if they are boarding or have some free times in lessons like many sixth formers do – And indeed with the school’s full consent, I tutor many students while they are still at school. To look at maths issues as and when they arise is far far more effective than waiting until the holidays to then tutor students. In effect, the school and online tutors can be partners in teaching.
- Bitesizsing lessons is a breeze : I tutor an A Level student an hour at a time every 4 days. Previously I could’ve only done two hours twice face to face to save on my travelling time. It is proven that regular bitesized lessons are more effective than heavy but less frequent sessions. I have done both now and I can tell you that 5 hours of tutoring spread over 5 days is far far better than than a 5 hour binge in one day.
- Find the best tutor : The first 6 points were about why online tuition is better for the student. However, the student-tutor system must be taken into account, both the convenience of student and tutor. Why settle for a tutor who is ‘good enough’ within the 10 mile radius around you? Get the very best tutor you can find online instead, your choice of the very best tutors out there is now practically unlimited. Get the best tutor for your child.
- Cutting out travel time means you get straight to business : Travelling to get to face to face tuition is tiring for the tutor, or for the student if they travel to the tutor. It is sunk and wasted time, and takes energy. Public transport and roads are unpredictable, so timings can get messed around. Online tuition is zero fuss in the comfort of both the tutor’s and student’s own home.
- Be saved from colds and germs : Students pick up germs and colds from school, which helps them spread even faster. Of course tutors can also have colds and colds can be passed on without even the student or tutor realising since the cold was still in its incubation period and neither party were aware of its onset. Germs cannot be transmitted online. Additionally, if the student is recovering from a cold, but not good enough to have a face to face lesson, an online one works like a charm. I had one student who unfortunately struggled with unexplained headaches, face to face it was very hit and miss tutoring her, and a lot of energy was required for her in real life. Online she could be sitting relaxed on a sofa and still learning. While not ideal, this turned out to be far better than face to face tuition.
Online tutoring is the future and any new students I take on are only for online tuition. In a few decades online education will change the face of education completely and it is still merely in its infancy. I have tested out online tuition thoroughly against face to face. Yes, there will never be a substitute to meeting someone socially or for business in person, but that is a different context to the process of helping someone learn something where two minds meet and engage, for which online is the clear winner.
Want to know more about my online tuition? Just contact me and send an email.