Online tutoring in Australia is rapidly gaining popularity and many parents are curious about the pros and cons of taking learning online. In this blog post, we will examine some of the common misconceptions about online tutoring and explore its many benefits.
Tutoring Online in Australia
Since that thing happened in 2020 and much of the world had to homeschool, there has been an explosion of online tutoring in Australia. Online learning is becoming one of the fastest-growing industries. Not just tutoring for children, but for adults who want to learn new skills too. According to Business Wire e-learning is expected to grow by over 250% between 2017 to 2026. The e-learning industry is expected to grow to 3.75 billion by 2025.
That is a lot of zoom meetings!
So with that in mind, why not enrol in online tutoring? Since it is the way of the future - online tutoring not only benefits students by supporting them with their learning needs, but it also supports them to learn the skills they need to be successful learners in the future.
Online Tutoring vs In Person Tutoring
Some parents I speak to are skeptical about online tutoring. Usually, their first response is, I don’t know if they will be able to concentrate, or I’m not sure if they will know what to do.
These concerns are certainly understandable, but from my experience of tutoring online, I find the EXACT opposite happens. The reality is that kids love tech. In fact, most kids are more tech-savvy than us! Even those of us who think of ourselves as pretty tech capable.
I find that kids love learning online. Online tutoring using Zoom is actually SO much fun. There are so many apps that integrate into Zoom that the online tutor can use, that it opens up a whole new world of possibilities to make learning exciting, fun, and memorable.
Students who were surveyed post-2020 about whether or not they would want to continue online learning overwhelmingly said they wanted to continue learning online. 72% said they wanted to continue learning online and 70% said that they enjoyed learning online more than traditional lessons.
So I think we can agree that kids enjoy online learning in Australia, but do they know how to do it? Well yes, they do! For our online tutoring lessons, all the kids (or parent) needs to be able to do is click the link from an email or our online portal to open the zoom call. Once you are connected, the tutor controls the Zoom meeting and your child doesn’t need to know anything other than that. Anything else they might need to do can be led by the tutor.
The other concern some parents have is concentration. Because kids find tech so incredibly interesting, online learning is just - more fun! In my experience kids don’t seem to have a problem concentrating on the lessons, it is so interactive. The tutor is able to use so many tools in the Zoom meeting like screen shares, zoom whiteboard, online games, interactive quizzes, PowerPoints, and more. The most common comment from kids is “wow is it finished already, that was so fun!”
The most common comment from parents is “I’m surprised how easy that was!”.
Is Online Tutoring Effective?
From my personal experience, online tutoring is effective. Don’t just take my word for it - studies have shown that online tutoring boosts learning retention by 40% to 60%. From a teacher's perspective - I think this boost is due to how fun and engaging online learning is.
Online tutoring is fun, and kids love the technology involved. It also has a unique way of bringing the student and teacher together. Because the learner is looking directly at the screen they have no choice but to look and listen to the teacher.
Subconsciously the student is aware the teacher can see them, even though it is online. Because of the proximity, we are to our devices when in a zoom meeting it feels as though the other person is much “closer” and aware of what we are doing.
This in turn motivates the student to “work harder” boosting engagement and as a result boosting their achievement too.
The Benefits of Online Tutoring
Online tutoring in Australia has many benefits! Here is a list of all of the benefits of online tutoring.
Fun and engaging lessons.
Tutoring online can be done from anywhere in the world.
You don’t have to rush around taking your child to yet another afterschool activity.
It boosts learning retention by 40% to 60%.
Online tutoring is better for the environment - A study by the Open University found that producing and providing e-learning courses consumes 90% less energy and produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions per person than face-to-face learning.
Students find online tutoring more enjoyable.
Online tutoring has unique teaching and learning benefits.
It helps children to develop technology and online learning skills.
Online tutoring is more convenient than in-person tutoring. No more driving, traffic, finding a car park, or entertaining your other kids while you wait.
You can find the best online tutor for your child’s specific needs. Not every teacher is skilled in helping your child with their individual needs. By not being limited by location you can find the best tutor for them.
Online tutoring is safe and secure. Your child’s tutor will always be vetted and have a Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance. (If you use Wise Owl Tuition’s services).
Children can learn in a comfortable environment. We all like learning in our PJs!
How Does Online Tutoring Work?
At Wise Owl Tuition our online tutoring is conducted via Zoom calls. When you enrol you will receive a welcome pack and a log-in to our online portal. Both of these will contain your Zoom link to join the meeting. (You will also receive a how-to guide). All you need to do is click on the link and the Zoom meeting will open. Once the meeting starts the tutor will guide the lesson, and help your child do anything required of them, and provide support. The tutor will use online learning materials that are prepared in advance specifically for online tutoring lessons.
Online tutoring in Australia is becoming an increasingly popular option for students who are seeking additional support in their studies. With the convenience and flexibility of online lessons, students can work with experienced tutors from the comfort of their own homes, no matter where they are located in the country.
If you are looking for high-quality online tutoring services, Wise Owl Tuition is your go-to! The team of experienced tutors offers personalised, one-on-one, and group support to help students achieve their potential. With a focus on building confidence and providing engaging, interactive sessions, Wise Owl Tutoring is an excellent choice for students of all ages and abilities.
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