With Covid-19 putting the whole world in lockdown, families had to resort to getting academic help using unconventional sources and resorting to online platforms for academic lessons. Never before were people accustomed to using a Zoom meeting or the Google Hangout platform to learn an important subject like mathematics.

However, Covid-19 made it a necessity to employ alternate means of accessing knowledge and thankfully many of the best tutors were already technologically inclined so they made the most of the computers and devices that they had at their disposal.

Children started enjoying the convenience of not having to go to physical premises to have to seek additional lessons. In fact, children could come with PJ bottoms to their online class and learn while feeling the most comfortable.

There are several advantages that online tuition offers students who wish to go down this route and listed below are some of the reasons why you should consider finding yourself an online tutor too.

With these advantages come some disadvantages as well that you need to consider.

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With online learning, you can stay home, stay safe and still learn. Source: Unsplash
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Advantages of Online Classes

1. Online Lessons are Cost-Effective

The truth remains that not every family in South Africa is capable of paying additional costs for tuition once the yearly school fees have been paid. However, most parents do understand how beneficial private tuition is in comparison to learning in big classes. The online alternative is far more cost effective than the face-to-face tuition method.

Since the tutor doesn’t incur any traveling costs in terms of traveling to your home to tutor you or traveling to a venue for tuition, he or she can charge much more competitive rates.

Everything nowadays can be taught online including singing, yoga and even cooking. Of course, the price that you will pay for these online lessons entirely depends on the subject or hobby that you are choosing to get online tuition for:

On the Superprof site, you can determine how much you will pay for monthly online tuition by looking at:

  • The subject
  • The level of experience of a tutor
  • The level at which you want to get tutored at (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Your location may also determine how much tutors in the area charge

2. Easy of Access to Classes

Have you ever had to miss a face-to-face tuition class because you went on holiday? Or have you ever missed out on a holiday because you had an important tutorial class to attend?

No more will you miss out on anything with the convenience of online classes.

If your tutor uses a class board and you miss a live tuition lesson due to traveling, you could ask your tutor to send through a copy of the class board or better yet the converted recording of the lesson. Meeting platforms like Zoom and Cisco Webex enables the tutor to record lessons that can be converted into recordings after the lesson is over. This converted recording can then be sent to you.

You could also take tuition lessons from anywhere in the world, provided you have a device (computer or cellphone) and data or Wi-fi.

Gone are the days where you can only get access to printed worksheets!

Aside from just learning online through your tutorial class, you can revisit a concept that has been learnt on your own after the class. There are many interactive videos available online that you can interact with. Sites like Edpuzzle allow you to revisit a concept covered and even allow you to answer questions based on the concept to see how much you have grasped. Your tutor would also share a link with you for a cloud storage platform like Dropbox that will allow you to access all of the resources used during a lesson.

So missing an online class doesn’t seem like such a train smash anymore as you can visit various online sites for reinforcement and revision.

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Learn from anywhere and everywhere with online learning platforms. Source: Unsplash

3. Hone in on your interests

You do not need to be restricted with regards to the number of online tutorials that you have with different tutors in a day. Since traveling is not a requirement for taking online classes, you can leave your maths class at 4 pm and enter your cooking class at 4 pm as well.

If you are in need of leadership skills or even if you have a keen interest in learning how to play the piano, you can choose an online class to take based on these interests. The skills that you gain may be beneficial to your current career or your future career. With more and more people working from home, there is a high demand for professional development workshops. You can easily take a professional development class online.

Why not learn to speak another language online?

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You can even learn how to play an instrument or the piano by taking online lessons. Source: Unsplash

How to Make the Most Out Of Online Learning?

Take Online Classes and Work at Your Own Pace

With online learning, you don’t have to endure the frustration of sitting in a class and being forced to learn when you just don’t want to learn. With face-to-face tuition, you were forced to sit in the teacher’s class while information was being delivered and none of the information was sinking in. Well, no more!

When you are finding it hard to concentrate, you could explain to your tutor that the work seems to be going overhead. Online tutors have a whole bank of resources that they can use as a backup plan when the traditional teaching methodologies seem to be failing. Your tutor may be willing to stop the lecture-style explanation and allow you to watch a video to grasp an overly complex topic.

If you are the person who likes to be reminded of the work the night before a big test, you can take an online tutorial lesson just before your exam. Your tutor may also be willing to log in on the day of or even during the evening before an exam to iron out any misconceptions that you have.

Online tuition allows you to control the pace at which you learn so in that way online learning prepares you for the world of university and further studies where you are in control of your studies.

Advantages of e-Learning in General

There are several advantages of online learning
Children enjoy using technological tools and gadgets for learning. Source: Unsplash

Children of All Ages Can Go to a Form of Daycare From Their Homes

After school, children who have to stay alone at home alone until their parents return from work tend to be less productive than children whose mums or dads are at home when they return from school. Aftercare may be far too costly for many mums and it’s also stress of getting your child from school to aftercare and then from aftercare back home. With an online tutor or online tutors, your child can be monitored all afternoon. The online tutor can ensure that your child completes his or her homework or learns a new skill. Your child will also be in classes learning new academic and social skills. Online support is a way of putting working parents' minds at ease as they know their child is at home safe after school but still being productive.

A mum no longer needs to drive her child from the maths tutor to guitar lessons and then to yoga class.  After school, a mum can bring her child home and know her child is still attending maths, guitar, and yoga classes.

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Ensure your child is learning a new skill or advancing his or her knowledge in a subject while you are at work. Source: Unsplash

Online Tutors Can Easily Be Found

Gone are the days when an online tutor was an unknown concept.  Almost all tutors use online platforms to teach. With Superprof, you can find a tutor or tutors who are equipped to teach you almost everything.

You will benefit from getting a private online tutor with whom you can discuss your academic concerns. An online tutor will be able to help you to overcome any learning barriers that you are facing. He or she can also be hired specifically for homework help. A tutor can also help you to stay ahead of your class by giving you enrichment work and working at your pace and level of learning.

The other aspect is that when visiting the Superprof site, you can see the respective tutor’s profile to get a better idea of a tutor’s experience and skills before you select a tutor. It is much harder to select a tutor for face-to-face lessons when all you have is the tutor’s advertisement to go by with no mention of his or her experience. Knowing that you are learning at the hands of someone who is academically sound and boasts years of experience may put your mind at ease.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Learning

The tutor will be able to ascertain if you are lost during an online lesson and if you need re-explanation. That is the wonderful thing about getting help from home.

Regular meetings with a tutor are important to maintaining learning consistency and getting you to thrive in a subject. The disadvantage, however, is that because you can learn from anywhere you may be taking a lesson from somewhere where you cannot fully become absorbed in the lesson.

In this way, you will be at a disadvantage in that you may be unable to remember the concepts learnt during a particular lesson even though you did attend that tuition class.

An added advantage is that parents get to monitor their children while they are learning to see if they are actually learning online. An equally related disadvantage would be that the burden is on the parents to ensure that playful children remain focused and concentrated during the entire lesson.

Many people believe that the interaction offered by face-to-face tuition cannot be replaced by online meetings with a tutor. The best way to prepare for exams the night before the exams still remain the online platform.

If the idea of having an online tutor still tickles your fancy, you should visit the Superprof SA website and find a tutor who will work for you. Remember Superprof tutors are not just academic tutors but also teach necessary personal skills and hobbies.

Have a fruitful online learning journey while taking online lessons in your PJs.

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Laila

Laila is an enthusiastic English educator and a fun-filled freelance writer. She has accomplished her dream of getting her first book published and has managed to write over 1 000 000 words since beginning her freelance career. In her free time, she is a travel blogger who explores all South Africa has to offer.