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How Does Online Maths Tutoring Work?

No one could have predicted the huge effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the whole world. Over a year later we are still settling in and getting used to the changes in our daily lives.

One of the most critical aspects of daily life is education, which has, for the most part, transitioned into online learning for the safety of everyone involved.

Online tutoring, which is face-to-face online lessons can be incredibly effective, but many children continue to have difficulty with one particular subject – maths.  Let’s look at this further.

Is Online Tutoring Really Effective?

Tutors, students, schools, colleges, and, of course, parents are all invested in making online maths tutoring work. During the years of development, the advantages and benefits of online tutoring have been identified allowing providers to offer highly effective courses that get good results.

Benefits of Online Tutoring

There was much scepticism about the efficiency of online tutoring when the world was compelled to turn to it as the COVID-19 pandemic set in.  However, over a year later it cannot be denied that this method has undoubtedly proven its worth.  Give the right tools and training, online tutoring offers many benefits.

Here’s a quick overview of the perks:

Better One to One ExperienceBetter One to One Experience

The kind of focus and connection created during an online lesson is unparalleled and incredibly beneficial to your child’s education. In-person online maths allows your qualified tutor to focus all their attention on your child’s progress no matter what kind of online platform the tutor is using.

Tutors are able to follow all aspects of your child’s learning process, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and track their development over time. Many of these students do extremely well in their GCSE maths exam and continue to A levels and further study.

Readiness of MaterialReadiness of Material

Another significant benefit to online, face-to-face tutoring is the variety and readiness of material at the fingertips of your online maths tutor.  This vast array of resources would be much harder to collate in real-world tutoring sessions.  No matter where face to face sessions take place: the tutor’s house, the student’s house, or via a tutoring centre, generally only past papers and notes are available to look at.

Conversely, if you find the right tutor for your child’s online math tuition, they will be able to offer engaging videos and PowerPoint slideshows, as well as having access to electronic resources that cater to all types of learners.

Nowadays, there is a huge variety of software packages available to online tutors, specially designed not just for the process of learning online, but for online maths tuition in particular.  This enables your child’s tutor to choose the resources that best match your child’s learning skills.

Correlation Between Fun and EducationCorrelation Between Fun and Education

This is another aspect that was considered a dilemma when online teaching started back in 2020. Would students be able to switch from the ‘fun mentality’ of using their computers and iPads for games and chat, to being able to fully focus on online lessons as if they were in a proper classroom?

The success of this transition relied not just on the work of the online tutors but on the dedication of busy parents as well. They had to provide a quiet, distraction-free environment to put their children in the mood for online teaching and build confidence in the fact that they were being educated just as before, but in a different way.

One advantage of course, was that students already had a love relationship with their electronic devices and were more than familiar with using them for hours on end.

Hence, fitting their online maths tuition into their day and getting to know new software systems and technologies, such as screen sharing and interactive whiteboards, made online learning a better option for many parents and children as they spotted faster progress with O-levels and A-levels alike.

No JudgementNo Judgement

In-person tutoring has suffered from a bit of stigma; some people see it as an option for weaker students who need extra tuition. As a result, some children are reluctant to take part in online tutoring to avoid being labelled that way.

However, with online maths tuition, any perceived stigma is removed as the child is safe at home, away from prying eyes, while still enjoying the benefits and functionalities of the best online maths tutors.

This is very likely to have a beneficial impact on the outcome of children’s assessments as any worry about other children knowing about their grade or making fun of them is removed.

No Need to AcclimatiseNo Need to Acclimatise

Many of us have experienced the effects that transferring to a new environment can have.  Moving to a new school or a new job can have negative effects on your mental health and focus.

Having to acclimatise to a new environment can take up a lot of effort and energy, so another benefit to online maths tutoring where students are safely ensconced in their own homes is that there is no need for them to divert energy that should be centred on learning.

It’s important that students are able to focus wholly and entirely on their lessons, homework, and making their way to university level, one step at a time.

New Technologies and ProgramsNew Technologies and Programs

In a little over a year and a half, online teaching has evolved exponentially every day. There are many new programs, technologies, and extensions that improve the experience of online learning.

The same applies to online maths tutoring; there are an impressive number of dedicated programs available to help students and tutors alike to reach their goals.

Some programs allow for the work done by students outside tutoring sessions to be recorded for tutors to review and analyse in order that future lessons can be targeted in the right areas.

A Variety of Online TutorsA Variety of Online Tutors

Last but certainly not least, it’s worth noting the variety of online tutors available. With classroom tutoring, parents have little choice but to opt for one of the tutors available within their vicinity, due to travel time and costs.

Conversely, online tutoring, allows parents to choose a maths tutor from literally anywhere in the world to help their child. The best online math tutors are now available to any child regardless of location.

Adapting to an Online Tutoring

The transition from classroom tuition to online tuition has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride for students and parents alike. However, it has been an even greater roller coaster for teachers and tutors who have had to adjust all of their teaching materials and techniques in order to adapt to this new normal. Yet, they have not only matched their previous high standards, but in many ways, exceeded them.  Many education experts agree that online tutoring is more comfortable, more effective and offers greater value for money that in-person teaching.

A Better Way to Study

With the elimination of overheads such as the upkeep of tutoring centres and travel expenses, payment rates for online math tutors have improved and the time allocated to each child has increased.

These improvements have motivated tutors to focus more closely on the online tuition of each child, and to spend the tutoring sessions more creatively and effectively.

This has created a snowball effect of advantages, in that close supervision allows tutors to spot problems as they arise and to deal with them before they escalate.  Nipping problems in the bud in this way prevents the student from getting distracted and losing focus during their online maths tutoring sessions, so they enjoy the benefit of concentrated engagement with the work.  In turn, this allows more time to allocate to other important subjects.

The final result is that marks and grades will rise on a par with the improvement in student focus and concentration.  Not only will their engagement with their work improve, they may even come to enjoy their studies!

Flexibility of Online Maths TutorsFlexibility of Online Maths Tutors

One of the greatest advantages of studying maths online is the flexibility.  Tutors and students can arrange sessions at time to suit both, and, if an emergency were to occur or an internet connection lost, your child’s tutor is easily contactable to apprise them of the situation.

Consequently, no time is wasted by either party and the tutor may even be able to re-arrange their schedule so that another student can take advantage of the empty slot, saving time and resource.

Different Platforms

Last but not least, online maths tutors are trained to excel in using different websites and programs to enhance the development of their students and retain their engagement for extended periods.

More recently, this has been made even easier by the introduction of new websites and programs that incorporate puzzles and games into the learning process of online maths tutoring.

Final Thoughts

Online maths tutoring can be seen as a triangle of effort between the parent, the student, and the online maths tutor. Eliminating many of the negative variables that occur with classroom learning enhances the probability of your child improving their maths performance.

The student is of course required to focus and work hard in order to reach their goals; parents must provide a proper study environment and identify a suitable online maths tutor; the tutor must deliver interesting and interactive lessons to retain student engagement, along with incorporating some fun into tutoring sessions.

If all three elements of the triangle play their part, success is guaranteed!

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Suki

During her time at primary school, Sukirith struggled with maths finding it difficult to truly understand the more challenging topics.  Despite these initial struggles, Suki worked hard to overcome her low confidence in maths and achieved top grades in both GCSE and A-level maths!  Suki has shown that it is possible to turn a weakness into a strength and that lacking confidence in maths at an early age does not need to determine future success in the subject.  Suki has since helped students struggling in maths at her local primary school and she is currently completing a BSc in Economics at Aston University.  Suki is friendly, patient and understanding of the struggles students face in their learning and she takes great pride in the fact students love their online lessons with her.

Uswah

Uswah is an incredibly compassionate and enthusiastic tutor who embodies Tutoring Heroes’ core philosophy of helping others.  Uswah prides herself on helping students lose their fear of maths and English, replacing this fear with a newfound enjoyment of the subjects.  As an active member of her University’s Muslim Society, Uswah has played a leading role in raising over £6,000 for charity.  In addition to this, she volunteers weekly for the homeless charity, Strathclyde Street Care.  Uswah is able to build incredibly inspiring and productive relationships with her students, who benefit not only from her subject expertise and tutoring skills, but her ability to act as a role model.

Tiana

Tiana has volunteered as a primary school teaching assistant, been an Economics Subject Leader, and mentored children through her roles as House Prefect and Year 7 Prefect during her A-levels, and so she has extensive experience working with and teaching students.  Tiana has a natural ability and willingness to form genuine relationships with her students.  Due to her experiences, and having gone through the 11+, GCSEs and A-levels herself, Tiana understands exactly how challenging preparing for exams can be.  This is why she is so passionate about instilling perseverance into students, through her patience and enthusiasm, along with the belief that they can do anything they work hard at.  As well as her academic success, Tiana is an avid singer and enjoys playing netball for her university team.

Zaynab

Currently studying Maths at the University of Strathclyde, Zaynab is a tutor who excels at building positive relationships with her students and instilling them with confidence.   Recently described by a parent as being ‘so thorough and yet so fun’, Zaynab excels at making maths both accessible and enjoyable for our students.

Jessica

 Jessica is currently studying Clinical Pharmacology at St George’s University of London.  She is an avid reader, netball player and Formula 1 enthusiast.  Jessica has always had an affinity for teaching and learning.  Throughout both secondary school and sixth form, Jessica took part in multiple tutoring, paired reading, and peer mentoring schemes to help support other students.  These experiences helped her to gain valuable skills which are essential for tutoring.  Jessica really understands the positive impact 1-to-1 tutoring can have on a student.  She believes that tutoring is not only about improving the student’s performance in a subject, but also about instilling self-belief in them.  Jessica is committed to being as patient and supportive as possible to ensure each student can achieve their goals.

Aliceah

Aliceah is currently studying for a degree in mathematics at the University of Sussex.  She loves sharing her passion for maths with her students and has a wide range of experience supporting young people to achieve their ambitions, including through her role as Widening Participation Ambassador at Sussex University.  Outside of her love for maths and helping younger students, Aliceah is a keen artist (achieving A* in A-level fine art), photographer and crochet enthusiast!

Arianna

Ariana is a second-year biochemistry student at the University of Nottingham and she loves all things maths and science.  In her spare time, she enjoys developing her artistic skills, such as: creative writing, photography and playing the cello.  Arianna is a strong believer in the value of maintaining a diverse skill set and she uses her creativity to personalise the learning for her different students.  She is acutely aware of the importance of demonstrating patience and compassion to bring the best out of her students, which ensures that they make excellent progress in both their subject skills and self-confidence.

Autumn

Autumn has a stellar academic background, holding a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, MSc in Psychology and MSc in Phytochemistry.  Autumn has a talent for instilling a passion for learning in her students and being able to explain challenging concepts in simple ways; we are very lucky to have Autumn as a member of the Tutoring Heroes team.  In her spare time Autumn plays the saxophone and is a keen diver and martial artist.

Ben

When it comes to tutoring, Ben has lots of experience from both the student and teacher perspective.  Currently completing a Masters in Engineering, Ben has practised maths for many years at a high level, enhancing his understanding of the foundations of mathematics, which he loves passing on to his students.  However, learning has not always come easy to Ben and he has first-hand experience of struggling in school and needing to catch up with his peers.  As a result, it is easy for Ben to empathise with students who are currently struggling with their learning.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar and a wide range of sports including football and table tennis.

Alexis

Alexis is currently a Year 2 Undergraduate at New York University, pursuing a double major in Economics and Sociology at the College of Arts and Science.  In secondary school, Alexis achieved stellar results in her A-levels, with straight As across the board.  In particular, Alexis enjoys mathematics and literature, and strives to share her enthusiasm with her students.   Alexis has significant experience tutoring both in a private and voluntary capacity, and is known to be exceptionally friendly and patient, often going the extra mile to ensure students have a deeper understanding of the subject.  Beyond academia, Alexis loves hiking across new terrain, trying her hand at embroidery, and watching the intensely thrilling sport that is competitive figure skating.  Needless to say, she looks forward to meeting and interacting with her students during their weekly lessons!

Chloe

Chloe recently completed A Levels in Maths, Psychology and Art, achieving grades A*, A, B. She is now at university studying Primary Education in the hope of becoming a Primary School teacher.  Chloe struggled with English in school, but with the right support was able to achieve a grade 8 (A*) in her GCSEs.  Therefore, Chloe is aware of the importance of extra tuition for children and strives to not only improve their understanding but also their confidence.  Throughout school, Chloe gained experience working with children, including SEND children and young adults, and has recently been teaching on placement for her degree.  Chloe is very patient, calm and encouraging and thoroughly enjoys seeing her pupils make progress.

Farah

Farah has significant experience helping children improve their skills and understanding across a range of subjects (English, Maths, Coding and TOEFL), as well as being a young leader at her local Girl Guiding group.  A lover of the English language, Farah is currently studying for a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy.  Farah is an incredibly friendly, calm and patient tutor, who takes pride in the fact her students love their online sessions with her.

Grace

Grace is currently studying Architecture using her talents in art and design, combining them with her love and aptitude in maths, English and history to help to create her projects.  Her university career follows on from her successful school and college years where she gained the highest grades in her GCSEs and A-levels.  Grace has a wealth of experience working with younger students to help instil confidence and enjoyment - from peer mentoring, sports coaching and English and maths tutoring.  Having recently worked through exam processes herself, Grace understands the difficulties and pressure on young people, and is passionate about supporting students to achieve their full potential.  Grace strives to create a positive and reassuring learning environment where she can support her students with the most appropriate learning strategies and techniques for each individual student.  Grace is very proud of the partnerships she has built with her students, and how the subjects she supports them with often become her students’ stronger subjects.

Gregory

Gregory is currently a second-year law student (LLB) at King's College London.  However, getting into such a prestigious program was no easy task.  Prior to entering University, he would often burn the midnight oil, pushing himself to go above and beyond his studies. His efforts were not in vain, obtaining straight As in his GCSEs and A-levels, and securing a place at such a prestigious institution in London.  Gregory is motivated by wanting to ensure his students do not have to go through their school studies alone, and wishes to be there for them both as a tutor, and a source of inspiration.   Gregory prides himself on being patient and kind with those he is tutoring, focusing on understanding rather than mere memorisation of concepts.  He believes that with a strong foundation, all students can build up their understanding and tackle harder problems without difficulty.

Mel

Mel is currently studying for her Masters in Theoretical Physics, and enjoys being able to pass her enthusiasm for maths onto her students.  From experience, Mel appreciates the importance of having confidence in your own abilities in order to succeed.  This inspires Mel to focus her teaching on building her students’ confidence, knowing that it will in turn improve their maths.  In her spare time, Mel loves to read and crochet, as well as being a gym enthusiast.

Prisha

Prisha has a fantastic record of academic achievement in not only English and maths, but across the board, which makes her a very well-rounded tutor.  Prisha is currently pursuing a BSc in Product Design, which deepens her understanding of maths (and how it is applied) which enables her to bring maths to life for her students.  As an avid reader, English language and literature has always held a special place for Prisha, and this passion helped her to score full marks in the IELTS test.  Having worked on educational projects with young people, she is experienced at how to interact with them and explain concepts in a manner that is not only fun, but also does not overwhelm them.  Prisha works hard to ensure lessons with her students are not considered a chore and strongly believes that with the right support, every child is capable of great achievement.  Outside of education, Prisha plays for her university basketball team and is also a big fan of baking and dancing.

Rabia

Rabia is a highly organised individual who, throughout her GCSEs and A-levels, had been a peer-mentor to younger students, aiding them to build confidence with their reading and writing skills.  Through her Audiology degree at university, in which she supports patients of varying ages, Rabia has attained an appreciation of how to modify and adapt her communication style, in order to facilitate effective communication with different individuals, something that she also utilises in her tutoring sessions.  Being an avid reader, Rabia spends her free time reading books of different genres and time periods, and enjoys discussing with others the themes and messages in a particular novel/text.

Shair

Shair has a notable range of English tutoring experience across the student spectrum, teaching from KS2 and up to GCSE level.  Her aspirations to make a difference in the field of education continue to grow.  As well as through Tutoring Heroes, she teaches a range of students at her local tuition centre, ensuring they also receive the 1-to-1 support they need in order to fuel their progression in English.  An avid reader with an immense love to learn about different cultures and writings, Shair is currently in her final year of studying BA Comparative literature.  Shair is an approachable, friendly and considerate tutor, who ensures her students leave their lessons feeling confident and ready to take on new academic challenges.

Sipeng

Sipeng was originally educated in China where she developed a very strong understanding of maths.  After moving to the UK, she achieved the highest grade (A*) in GCSE and A-level maths.  Crucially, in addition to her strong maths ability, Sipeng has significant experience of tutoring and inspiring younger students to achieve beyond their expectations.  Sipeng recognises the positive impact that several teachers have had on her own education, and is driven by the desire to help her students in a similar way, so that they too develop confidence in their maths ability and achieve higher grades as a result.

Shatha

On moving to the UK aged 11, Shatha found that her maths skills were behind the standard expected, so Shatha has first-hand experience of what it feels like to struggle with maths.  Despite this initial struggle, Shatha achieved a Grade 8 in GCSE Maths and Further Maths, and an A grade in A-level Maths, proving how it is possible to turn a weakness into a strength.  Shatha has a range of experience helping children, including two years’ tutoring at a Kumon centre and volunteering at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  A keen tennis player and trilinguist (English, Arabic and Spanish), Shatha particularly loves watching her students overcome their fear of maths, just as she did.