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The Rise of Online Tutoring

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who have turned to online tuition. So what's so great about it? Read on to find out about how the rise of online tutoring will change how we approach student education.

In comparison to traditional face-to-face tutoring, online tutoring is much more convenient and accessible. For busy, working families or families with multiple kids and travel restrictions, being able to connect online with a tutor is not only easy and convenient, it saves time and can be equally effective in terms of learning. In addition, advancements in technology has made learning through e-learning platforms and online tutoring services much more interactive and engaging for students. When taken altogether, it's no wonder the rise of online tutoring continues year after year.

Although there are many more benefits to online tuition that we have not touched on yet, we’ve answered five common questions below for any parents who might be considering online tuition for their child so that they can get a better idea and understanding of what to expect.

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1. Who is online tutoring for?

All students can benefit from online tutoring. However, some basic understanding of technology is required to access lessons, but this can be easily overcome by parental supervision especially for students that are very young. On the other hand, older students in Year 3 and above don’t really need supervision after their first online lesson as they are generally very good with technology and are able to quickly learn how to connect to lessons and use online tools.

At Cloud Tuition, we always recommend that parents and students join their first online lesson together so that they can meet their tutor and learn about how things work. Their tutor will take them through the different tools that they have access to and answer any questions that they might have.

2. What do I need to access online lessons?

With improvements in video conferencing software such as Skype and Zoom, you can access online tutoring lessons if you have a computer, laptop or tablet device.

We recommend that you do use a device that can support digital writing as this will not only make learning much easier and more interactive, your child will be able to make use of the full functions of online tutoring. However, if your device does not have touch or writing capabilities, it is highly recommended that your child is at least able to type or has a pencil and paper ready at hand.

At Cloud Tuition, we use an online interactive learning space where students can write, type and draw. Many of our younger students use iPads with keyboards so that they can complete Math problems with finger and English tasks by typing. In contrast, our older students mainly make use of the collaborative typing function of the learning space and screen-share during their lessons.

3. How easy is it to set up and connect to online lessons?

With Skype and Zoom, setting up and connecting to online lessons is incredibly easy. If you are using a computer or laptop, the software can be downloaded online and only takes a few minutes. If you are using a device such as a tablet, you can download the software from your app store.

At Cloud Tuition, our younger students have not found any difficulty with connecting to their lessons following their first initial lesson on Zoom. Once Zoom is set up on their device or computer, students just have to enter in their personal Cloud Tuition details to meet with their tutor online when it is time for their lesson. They will then use the same details for all their future online lessons.

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4. How and what can online tutors teach?

Online tutoring lessons can be entirely personalised and tailored to the student.

Students at Cloud Tuition gain access to learning materials from the Cloud Tuition database. These resources are designed to target the Australian Curriculum and improve student performance. In addition, students and tutors can access unlimited online resources to help improve the learning experience. For instance, some students are visual learners and respond well to videos and drawings. Lastly, tutors can help students with their schoolwork and any assessment. Online tools such as file-share and screen-share can help tutors look over student work to highlight any potential areas needing improvement.

5. How can I get started?

Although online tutoring is on the rise and is increasingly becoming more popular, we definitely understand that some parents might still find its effectiveness difficult to grasp.

At Cloud Tuition, we are offering all new students a free 1-hour lesson with zero obligation. Book in a lesson to try out our services and see how your child responds to online learning.

Book a free lesson with one of our online tutors to get the support you need

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