How To Make Online Tutoring Work For Your Child

Online tutoring has become increasingly popular due to Covid as parents consider it safer and more convenient than investing in a home tutor. Online tutoring means you hire a tutor over the internet to provide lessons to your child at a designated time. You can hire through various agencies or simply engage someone you know in real life
Typically in online tutoring, you have scheduled lessons carried out over Zoom or a similar service in a virtual classroom setting where the child can ask questions and the class may indeed be shared with other students as well depending on your arrangement. There is multimedia sharing involved in which the tutor ‘shares a screen’ so that the student can follow along and there is a whiteboard feature as well.

That being said undertaking online tutoring is an adjustment and some children respond less than enthusiastically at the prospect of online lessons so here’s how you can help your child gain the most from online tutoring:-

Monitor and keep Tabs

The rule of successful online tutoring is to have realistic and achievable goals in mind (and on paper in some cases) so you know what to communicate to your child as well as to the online tutor. Without some semblance of an outline or clear expectations, you can never expect a great outcome from online tutoring. If you have communicated your expectations with the child in a sensible manner and not a disciplinarian manner, you are likely to see more motivation.

Furthermore, it is vital to ascertain and communicate the strengths and weaknesses of the child about the subjects they are seeking tutoring in. You can enrol your child’s school teacher’s help in this matter so you have two perspectives instead of one. The testing and monitoring system being utilized in your child’s school might also be a useful indicator of how you can set up achievable milestones (bound by time) for the online tutoring sessions.

Different Ages Require Different Approaches

Never make the mistake of thinking children of each age can all be tutored the same way; this is especially important if you have more than one child and they all fall in different age brackets. Children that are 7 and above are more active and less attentive and they function best with more short-term tasks and goals. You never want to overload children of this age with too much work as they are already balancing regular school work too and may be struggling.

At the ages of 6, 7, and above a child’s personality starts taking more shape so you should be able to see which teaching style they will best respond to. At this age, you also want to limit the scope of the tutoring as overdoing it is likely to cause more harm than good.

For children that are 11, 12, and above you can set more long-term goals and also encourage them to carry out self-analysis and ascertain for themselves which areas they require help in. You can set up milestones and then break them up for easier understanding. Children of this age are easier to motivate and will respond to a set schedule although you need to make sure they are getting enough breaks.

Ages 16 and above ask more questions and might even be more argumentative as well as curious about any online tutor’s methods. With teenagers of this age, you need to have a more direct and comprehensive outlook in which you explain to them how progress will be achieved and what they can hope to gain from it in the immediate future. At this age students like reason, clear expectations, and clear gains.

Charting The Route

As a parent, you need to have an easy to maintain and easy-to-understand mechanism or system to chart progress. This can be a spreadsheet, a journal, or any other method. Without a detailed record of your child’s progress, it is hard to determine whether a specific online home tutor is working out for your child. The younger your child is, the less they will be capable of knowing what’s best for them and how they can improve the situation.

On the same page, you need to have goals that meet your child’s values and personality. They might have a natural aptitude for a specific subject and an abhorrence for another. The aim should never be to force them to spend more time in a discipline they hate but to teach them enough so they can pass the subject. Every child has their talents and they need to be encouraged and recognized.

Don’t be afraid to halt a teaching style or schedule that your child does not like and have a meeting with the online tutor to regroup and change strategies. Effective and frequent communication with the child is imperative to figure out their opinions which should undoubtedly be part of the decision to undertake online tutoring.

Lastly, be sure to reward good grades, compliance, and hard work with your child’s favourite surprises and incorporate plenty of recreational activities like sports into the week.