One potential positive that arose from lockdown was the move to more online tutoring. It was fantastic to hear the stories of the number of activities children had managed to do online from hockey in the lounge, football in the garden, yoga in the kitchen, cooking classes, tutoring sessions, the list went on and on!
As we look ahead optimistically to the return to normal parents all over the country are watching their petrol bills go up and their downtime reduce as they go back to being the unpaid taxi service. There are the obvious activities that will return to face to face, such as choirs and sports matches; but what about those activities that previously we’d never done online – are they here to stay? We look at the pros and cons of online tutoring.
A tutor session from the comfort of your own home! All you need to do is make sure your child is at the computer for the session.
With journey time reduced, an hours tutoring session takes just that – an hour – as opposed to the hour session plus travel time.
With both your child and the tutor at home and there being no need to consider complicated logistics with drop off and pick ups, the ability to reschedule or move lessons is so much easier.
With location no longer an issue you can access a tutor from anywhere around the country, giving you far more flexibility and choice.
Not to mention the petrol saving, some online tutors are significantly cheaper than face to face tutors.
With children spending so much time in front of screens having a tutoring session away from it can be really beneficial.
It is much harder to form a relationship with an individual if you are not meeting them face-to-face; this goes for both your child and you as a parent. Without physical interaction, having a quick word about an issue is more difficult and it can be that you feel less connected to the tutor.
Usually local tutors come via word of mouth, with wider choice comes risk, there are thousands of people who have taken to online tutoring since the pandemic started. It is important that you do your research and seek references in the same way you would have for a local tutor. TIP: Look for a tutor who is a member of the Professional Tutoring Association (https://thetutorsassociation.org.uk/)
So which is better? Like everything it comes down to the individual child and family circumstances. If you fancy trying something a little different, why not have a look at our programme? RocketLearn is much more than a tutoring service, it is more like an “out of school” school! Providing camps in the holidays, weekly competitions and broadcasts, as well as access to a wide range of online learning platforms that are used in leading schools across the UK. At RocketLearn we believe that technology can change traditional tutoring. Our programme involves teachers setting and monitoring work and providing feedback, either by video or via an online call. Our sessions are only ever 30 minutes long, as we believe children should spend time practising and learning and the 30 minute session or video message enables our teachers to set children on a path for the week.
Since launching in September 2020, our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We have found children spend more than an hour a week on our programme, as the Artificial Intelligence of our platforms adjusts the work to each child's level, keeping them challenged and interested. The combination of flexibility as to when children complete the work, and the range of platforms to choose from, provides a greater opportunity for learning. We have children who do 15 minutes a day and others who do an hour in one go, with our programme the choice is yours. With prices from only £10/week, RocketLearn is fast becoming the smart choice for modern day families.
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