Advantages and disadvantages of online tutoring

The internet has revolutionized many aspects of modern life, and the education sector is no exemption. When a tutor instructs awareness to a learner via the internet, the practice is called online tutoring, but what are the advantages and disadvantages this practice?

Here are some of the advantages of online tutoring:

1. Working from your choice of venue (anywhere)

This venue is often from the comfort of one’s own home and applies to both the tutor and the learner. It eliminates travel expenses which are costly and time-consuming for either party.

2. Schedule of availability (tutor)

Tutors can set their schedule of availability on their profile page, which enables learners to plan and book lessons at a mutually convenient time.

3. Recorded lessons for future playback

Lessons are available from the tutor to review and the learner may find the option to view recorded lessons a useful feature for homework, revision, and exam preparation.

4. Virtual classroom with interactive facilities

Lessons are planned and executed to learners of different abilities using interactive technology. The tutor and learner will benefit from this facility.

5. Large range of tutors to choose from

Unlike face-to-face tutoring that often limits the learner to choose from a local tutor, online tutoring offers an opportunity for the learner to choose from tutors locally, regionally and internationally.

Here are some of the disadvantages of online tutoring:

1. Lesson interruption

A lack of good internet connection can lead to poor audio and video quality and in extreme cases, a disconnection may occur resulting from the crashing of a computer or the online tutoring website.

2. Lack of IT skills can hamper the teaching and learning process

Inexperienced tutors and learners who lack IT skills may find it challenging to use the interactive facilities available via the virtual classroom.

3. Limitations of the practical engagement in certain subjects

Online tutoring cannot provide the engagement required to enable the learner to make progress in certain subjects. In Physical Education, for example, the tutor may need to show the learner face-to-face how to carry out a certain technique.

4. A lack of opportunity to develop social skills

The learner may find it difficult to develop social skills due to the lack of face-to-face human interaction.

5. Distraction from programs running on a computer

The tutor and learner may find it difficult to concentrate if they are interrupted by notifications from emails, instant messaging services, and social media accounts.

In summary, there are many advantages and disadvantages of online tutoring. In this article, we have looked at the advantages and disadvantages from the viewpoint of a tutor and a learner. Any comments on your experience as an online tutor or learner would be greatly appreciated by