What is Online Tutoring?

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Many students can benefit from some individual one-to-one tutoring at some stage in their education. For example, this might be to master a particularly tricky topic or to help prepare for an upcoming assessment. Traditionally this tutoring is offered at local centres or by home visits, and typically supports popular GCSE subjects such as Maths and English. In the past few years, developments in technology have enabled individual tutoring to be offered remotely via an online platform. In it's simplest form this could just involve the student submitting a question to the tutor and the tutor responding to it by email for example. However, for some subjects, such as maths and engineering, a more interactive approach is needed. Synchronous online learning is where tutor and student interact in 'real time', making it much easier for the tutor to quickly assess the student's understanding of concepts. The more sophisticated learning platforms have a two-way video link and allow both the tutor and student to write and draw on an online whiteboard. It really is nearly as good as being in the same room, but has the advantage that neither the student or tutor need to travel to the tutoring session. Another advantage is that tutorials can be recorded and played-back. A potential disadvantage is the the student requires the appropriate technology to make best use of the service, i.e. a decent PC with a web camera and a reliable broadband internet connection.

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