An increasing number of parents are turning to online tutoring to help their children learn whilst schools are closed.
But for those parents who haven’t used online tutoring before, it can raise a lot of questions.
Whilst online tutoring is relatively cheap (prices start at £15 per hour) a lot of families are having to tighten the purse-strings at the moment.
With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of our top tips on how to make the most of online tutoring for your child.
There are thousands of online tutors to choose from on the Tutorful platform, all covering a wide range of subjects.
From Maths and English to Japanese and Music Theory, there are hundreds of subjects to choose from, and a lot of parents struggle to choose the most effective one for their child.
There are a couple of things you should consider when choosing an online tutoring subject.
Firstly, make a note of subjects that your child isn’t as good at. It makes sense to spend your tutoring budget on subjects where your child needs the most support.
Next, you need to look at the weaker subjects and figure out two things:
○ Which is more important? If your child is struggling with Maths and History, for example, you may feel that Maths is a more important subject for your child to focus on.
○ Which can you help with? If Chemistry is your forte, then maybe you can help your child with that, and find a tutor to help with subjects you aren’t as comfortable with.
Hopefully, after that, you’ll have narrowed down your options to one or two subjects. Then you can start searching for an online tutor.
With schools shut, it’s easy for you to get carried away with your child’s education. You may want your online tutor to effectively take the place of your child’s teacher.
However, this isn’t always the best use of your tutor’s time and can end up making it far more expensive.
When time is limited, your best approach is to identify clear goals for your child. Online tutors can then focus on achieving those goals.
So, how do you set goals for your child’s learning?
Well, each goal needs to be three things:
Achievable — There’s no use telling your tutor that you want your child to be at A* grade if they’re currently at a D-grade level. It’s better to work in baby steps so that you can see the progress your child is making.
Specific — Simply saying that you want your child to get better at a subject isn’t going to be very effective. Instead, aim for something tangible and measurable, for example attaining a certain grade.
Relevant — Your child’s goals need to be relevant to their learning. In other words, there’s no use saying you want your child to develop topics that they don’t need to know.
It’s important to set clear goals and then make sure that both your child and their online tutor know what they’re working towards.
If you set goals like we just mentioned, then it’s also useful to measure progress towards those goals. That way, you can see if your child is benefiting from their online tutoring.
A good way of doing this is to check in regularly with your child’s tutor to ask how they’re getting on. Most tutors will be more than happy to keep you updated.
You should also check your child’s work, seeing the kind of marks and grades they’re receiving. This should show progress over time.
There are, unfortunately, times when things won’t work out and your child won’t make progress. Whilst all of the tutors on Tutorful are experienced and great at what they do, sometimes a child simply won’t get on with them.
If your child isn’t making progress, then it might be worth discussing this with their online tutor. You should even consider switching to a different tutor if necessary.
We know you might be struggling financially right now, and concerned about the future, but we want to emphasise that online tutoring is one of the best investments you can make for your children right now.
By investing in online tutoring, you’re helping your child to continue their learning and development, meaning they don’t miss out while schools are closed.
Hopefully, these tips will help you make the most out of your child’s online tutoring.