Can Online Tutoring Ever Be As Effective As Face to Face?

My Adventure Into Online Tutoring - Dee Nicholson

2020 and 2021 have been tough on kids. I have watched my son go from being confident, outgoing and high achieving, to being withdrawn, anxious, and have seen his confidence dropping. His school haven’t adapted very well to online learning, and I wanted to get him (and my daughter) some extra help to try to keep some semblance of normality through these strange and unprecedented times.

​I must admit, at first I was I was sceptical. I had spent the last 3 years trying to reduce the amount of screen time my 5 and 11-year old were having, and now I was actively looking to sit them in front of an iPad. It felt strange, but one of the other mums from our school WhatsApp had tried it with her son, and he had increased 2 grades in 4 months and got the GCSE’s he needed for college, so I thought it was worth a go.

My husband and I spent a few days speaking to various online tutoring companies, but ended up going with our friends recommendation of the National Learning Group. We wanted some Maths support for our daughter, and both Maths and English for our son, and were very set on having real teachers, and one to one lessons for each child.

We are now 4 months into the support, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t go back to ‘traditional’ tutoring. Both children have great tutors, and we quickly fell into the routine and adapted to the support. They both have 2 online, one to one video lessons per week with their tutors, and after the lesson they get set work to do on the online software to practice what they have been taught. The kids love it as they feel like they are having iPad time, and it saves me and my Husband from having to sort out home-schooling – one thing the lockdown has taught me is that neither of us are cut out to be teachers!

We decided to keep the support running when they returned to school in September, and now we are in Lockdown number 3, it’s the only real constant they have had in their education over the last year. The Maths work my son has to do is far beyond my ability, and the way they are taught has changed so much since I did my GCSE’s in 1994 that whenever I try to help him I just made him more confused.

So does online tutoring work?

Well, in this case, it’s a resounding yes! When we looked at the options there were cheap deals that ended up just being a computer programme, and local tutors who were trying to adapt to online learning. In the end, we are so glad we found the National Learning Group, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any other parents looking for help.

Getting support is more cost effective than I was expecting, and I can see us sticking with this for the long term.

Get in touch with the National Learning Group today, it might just the best decision you make this year!

Natalie is mother to 2 wonderful children, D5 and S10, and works in Manufacturing. She has been furloughed along with her husband and alongside her work and family life, she enjoys walking the dogs and breeding Plymouth Rock Chickens!

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