Internet infrastructure has developed to a point that it has become extremely easy and convenient to hire an online tutor. This option usually presents itself as a dilemma to parents looking to hire a tutor for their child. While it is easy to presume that live teaching can in no way match the experience of having the teacher physically present, the experience actually varies depending on the student's age, his/her comfort with technology, the subject taught and the experience levels of the educator. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of online tutoring in more detail.
When a child is having problems in school, it can be stressful for the entire family. The child may feel overwhelmed and embarrassed.
A good option for students who are struggling is to find a tutor. The one-on-one interaction allows the tutor to analyze, on a more personal level, what the child is struggling with.
As a parent, can you cast your mind back far enough to remember what school was like for you? Chances are you were told to be quiet, learn random facts off by heart so that you could stand up and regurgitate them and compete with 30 other children for the teacher's attention. You probably had to sit in rows of desks facing a blackboard and listen to a teacher ramble on for 45 minutes before being expected to complete a worksheet that every other child in the class was also doing.
If this style of education seems archaic, it is. But the scary thing is that things have not changed.
There are, of course, a scattering of innovative teachers in the system who push struggling students, extend advanced students and find time to be with the 'under-the-radar' students. These teachers differentiate learning, give quality feedback, use innovative ICT and content delivery techniques such as flip learning and generally understand that no student is the same. The sad truth is that these teachers ...
We live in a world of euphemisms. When someone dies we say, "they passed away." When a person lies we say, "they're economic with the truth." When a student has a serious retardation we say, "they are cognitively challenged." Euphemisms can best be described as a type of cancer running amuck. The problem isn't with their use, rather, the real danger is the underlying cause that promotes their use. We currently live in a global society that places value on disguising the truth. The better one is at disguising or distorting the truth, the more value they are given. Education has also been impacted by the euphemism pandemic. Parents are having to take it upon themselves to get tutors for their children as a result of the stagnation euphemisms promote.
It is better to appear forward thinking than actually be forward thinking. Appearing to be forward thinking means you change a name, reorder a process, or rebrand your business. Schools are doing this all the time. Schools will change ...
Last year my son, in preparing for a science degree, realised that if he was to achieve his goal, he would need to be reasonably proficient at maths. After a brief attempt to brush up on the recommended syllabus for the university course of his choice, he downed tools, lamenting loudly that he would never be able to do this because “I am just no good at maths”.
Now, as a teenager, I remember struggling with maths throughout high school. These days however, at the tender age of 50, I consider myself mathematically proficient. So, what happened to me between high school and adulthood that resulted in my transformation from maths recalcitrant to someone who is not rendered paralysed and sweaty by anything more complicated than two plus two? Has the passage of time increased my intelligence?
Sadly, I am no more intelligent now than I was in high school. My attitude towards learning, however, has changed. Somewhere along the line, as I worked through my bachelor degree, I realised ...