7 Benefits to Online Tutoring (For Students)

Teleconferencing has really taken off in recent years in a positive way in just about every field of business you can think of, even in medicine. I am actually surprised that with online tutoring being around for quite some time more people have not caught on to how advantageous it is to get 1-on-1 virtual help in academics can truly be. Here are 7 benefits you can experience with Online Tutoring:

1. Availability
Geography isn’t a limitation for online tutors, and neither, generally, is time. If you’ve ever tried to deal with the restrictions of finding a tutor who is local, proficient in the subject you need help in, can provide good assessments and progress reporting, and can meet according to your schedule, you should be able to appreciate this immediately. 

2. Selection
When searching for online tutors you are much more likely to have a wider selection to choose from, which allows you to be more discerning. In addition, the broader selection also affords you the benefit of working with multiple tutors who specialize in different areas (Math, Reading, etc), enabling you to build your own team of tutors, each who are experts in the specific areas where you need customized help.

3. Value
Knowing that you have a broader selection, online tutors have to rely on merit rather than scarcity to win your business, and you don’t have to settle for second (or third) rate. It puts you in the driver’s seat when tutors have to compete for your business, rather than the other way around.

4. Convenience
Add into the mix the convenience of being able to meet with a tutor without having to leave your house (or your dorm room). If you insist on having a face-to-face meeting with a tutor, then one of you is going to incur the expense of travel time and fuel costs, and chances are it will be you. It is only fair, of course. Plus, leaving the house (or having a visitor) means that you can't really walk around in your jammies. Not a problem if you are working with an online tutor!

5. Accessibility
Convenience assumes that you have a choice, but what if you don’t actually have any good options for local tutoring? For some, making the decision to seek tutoring online may mean the difference between getting help (or effective help) and not.

6. Technology
Often people who haven’t experienced online tutoring fear that the technology will be a hindrance, but in many ways it is an advantage, especially for young people who are used to chatting on skype and not intimidated by new software. When sessions are online they are easily recorded for future reference, and a good tutor will make use of technology for illustrative purposes. For me, I sometimes build heavy visuals into my lessons, depending on the child's learning style and other factors that I find in my initial assessments.
7. Affordable
Having a virtual tutor means there is no commute and eliminates many other costs for the tutor which means that the cost per session can be significantly less than a private tutor in-person. That in itself is a win!

Here is a breakdown of some of the many tools that are at your fingertips when you become an online student on Wyzant:

Write on a virtual whiteboard
Tutor can share screen with student
Record sessions for later viewing by the student – we find this to be a powerful feature!
Upload files
Participate in audio, video, and text chat during the session
And much more...

As you can see, the technologies available today allow online tutoring to mimic in-person tutoring to a surprising degree.

What has been your experience with online tutoring? Would you, or have you, tried it?

Please visit my profile here to request a free demo for your online tutoring session or to schedule your lesson! 



Shauna C.

Caring and Goal Oriented Tutor For Reading, Vocabulary and Art

20+ hours
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