"Is Human Teaching Necessary? The difference between Online Tutoring and Home Tutoring"
30 Mar 2018 ,Education,Abhijeet
The need for tutoring arises when a normal class or course just doesn’t seem to do the job for the student. Home tutoring or in-person tutoring has existed for a long time. With the advent of online education sites and wider availability of high-speed internet, online tutoring has also become an option for students around the globe.
Both kinds of tutoring are entirely different and work on different principles, and these are ultimately for the student to choose. There is no better option, and only an end student can choose an option according to his/her needs and demands.
• Core Concepts and Explanations:
The ability to make a student understand the concepts and theory involved in the subject is the basic aim of any tutor or teacher, whatever the medium might be. There is no doubt that in a traditional class system where the teacher and the students are face-to-face, this process becomes pretty easier and a lot easier to troubleshoot than online tutoring. Students feel easy to communicate in a traditional setting, as all the actions required here are natural and no handling training needs to be given to students.
There can be a communication error when it comes to online teaching, and it is usually difficult to realize that such an error has occurred and it is difficult to go back in the middle of an online session and correct it. Students also hesitate and lax while asking doubts over the internet through a website or an app. But then, obviously, it depends on the interface used by the online tutor and how easy it is to use is the website/app, so that students feel comfortable while exploring all the options.
Teacher Relationship: Researchers have proved that the relation between a student and a teacher is one of the most vital factors used to determine the success of the class, or whether the student is able to grasp the subject completely or not. While in a class, the teacher stays in direct contact with the students, which is not the case when it comes to online tutoring. In online tutoring, the factor of a personal feeling is generally missing, or usually, the teacher is a bit less concerned with the outcome of the class.
• Teaching Quality:
This is a very subjective topic. The quality of teachers available at a location or website cannot be judged simply, but depends on the quality and prestige involved with the institution, whether it be offline or online. In the case of online tutoring with prestigious and well-established websites, there is a general chance that the number of applications for the post of teachers would be spread throughout the country or region, and will be high in numbers. All in all, online tutoring generally guarantees that the students are taught by the best experts available in the subject, and the online mode also removes several geographical and cultural barriers.
• Class timings:
When it comes to traditional offline teaching or home tutoring, there are only a limited amount of time slots available with the students and teachers, and all students need to be accommodated within the available time slots. This increases the student to teacher ratio considerably and in turn, decreases the quality of teaching.
On the other hand, when it comes to online teaching, the students are free to choose their own timings according to their own convenience and ease, and thus the outcome obtained from these online classes is usually more efficient than the outcome obtained from the strenuous and continuous schedule of offline classes.
In online classes, the classes are usually not properly managed and the feel of traditional classroom competition is missing. From the teacher’s point of view also, if they choose the online medium, they are free to choose convenient timings and can reach the comparatively larger number of students while giving a single session.
• Convenience and travel time: Online tutoring saves travel time for both the teachers and students, and is also convenient as students can choose the timings and location according to their convenience.
• Discipline: When it comes to traditional face-to-face classes, there is a sense of discipline and a professional relationship between the teacher and students. The students remain in the constant presence of the teacher and thus naturally pay more attention towards the class.
This is not the case when it comes to online teaching, as students enjoy more freedom and may or may not pay full attention towards the class and may also postpone assignments and other such things. Obviously, this control factor depends on the system and methodology used by the teacher and/or the website.
Both the methods of tutoring have their own advantages and disadvantages and work in compliment with each other. The final choice depends on factors such as the popularity or exclusivity of the subject, attitude and methodology deployed by the students and teachers, geographical location of the students and teachers, and the budget held by the students.
For a very exclusive subject or a less popular course, there is a high chance that a more suitable teacher could be found on online websites, and if offline classes exist for such courses, they will be highly expensive or in very few locations. If a student believes that he/she can study without any external pressure or any person keeping an eye on the progress, then online teaching would definitely be a more convenient option for such students.