Online vs. In-Person Tutoring: Which Is Best for Your Child?

With many students currently attending classes from home, parents may be wondering if tutoring is still a viable option for their child. Does online tutoring offer the same benefits as traditional in-person methods? Read on to find out which is best for your child!

With the right instructor and preparation, online tutoring can be just as effective as in-person methods. In fact, older students may even prefer online tutoring because of some of the additional benefits it provides over in-person methods. Probably the biggest advantage of online tutoring is how easy it makes reviewing past sessions or prior material. Because online content can be accessed later, many students find it easier to review for tests and exams – or to seek clarification on material that needs more work. Furthermore, because students know content will be accessible later, their full attention can be devoted to the lesson at hand. Notes can easily be organized later, and our middle/high school students often report that the ability to “flip back” through online tutoring sessions is extremely helpful when completing homework assignments. And according to recent studies, many students have reported online tutoring is more effective for them than in-person methods.

Of course, the main benefit to private tutoring is the ability for students to work at their own pace with an instructor that has catered the lesson plan to their individual needs and learning style. This remains true for both online and in-person methods. Tutor Doctor’s approach hasn’t changed in this respect – our unique pairing system to effectively match tutors with students hasn’t changed. Many of our students who previously worked with in-person tutors have seamlessly transitioned to an online-only environment due to current health and safety guidelines. In addition, many students who are new to tutoring (and initially started with an online-only model) plan to integrate in-person sessions in the future when the time permits.

The other main benefit of private tutoring is convenience. Our tutors work around your schedule, and this is often considered a necessity for families with busy schedules! With online tutoring options, this also hasn’t changed. In some respects, it may even be more convenient as sessions can be easily scheduled on short notice without having to factor in transportation and arranging a meeting space. Older students may even find online tutoring helps them to better stay focused during lessons because of the ability to use headphones and “tune out” distractions.

For most students familiar with technology, online tutoring should be easy to integrate into their academic routine. Online tutoring can also work well with younger students, although in some cases parents may find in-person tutoring works better for their child. This can be true for students who aren’t comfortable with technology, or children with severe distraction issues. Although an online tutor may not have the same physical presence as an in-person instructor, this isn’t an issue for the vast majority of students.

If you are interested in having your child work with a tutor, we can help! Tutor Doctor offers a variety of flexible online tutoring options. Click here to learn more.