Is An Online A Level Maths/Further Maths Tutor for You?
I have written this to present you with all the facts about online tuition so that you can decide whether the online A Level Maths and Further Maths tuition I offer is suitable for you or your son/daughter. I hope to answer a few questions you are probably asking yourself. If I have missed anything, please do email me and I will add your question to this list.
Q1: Is online tuition as interactive as in-person tuition?
The short answer is yes, it certainly can be. Although there are a lot of variables. It depends on both the tutor and the student. I, for example, have been tutoring online for many years now and have tried and tested many different methods, settling on the ones that work best. With the right equipment (i.e. a touchscreen tablet with a stylus or an ordinary laptop with a USB graphics tablet) the experience can be as authentic as if the tutor and student are sat next to each other; with an open audio channel on Zoom and a web-based shared whiteboard, the tutor and student can see and hear each other and, importantly, see what the other is writing in real time, as shown in the excerpt from one of my online tutorials in the video below.
So to summarise, if you have the correct equipment, geographical distance will not be a limitation to you getting the right tutor for you. Without a tablet and stylus, however, I would suggest that the experience would not be as authentic and that a local in-person tutor may be better.
Q2: I have the right equipment but how do I know if my son/daughter will engage with tuition?
Try it out. You’ll be surprised. As a tutor I certainly do not want to provide students with a service that is not going to be of benefit to them. For that reason, I have a policy whereby I say that after the first session, don’t pay me for it if you don’t want to continue. The last thing I want is for people to be paying for something that isn’t of benefit to them. I’m pretty confident, however, after the first session that you will be surprised at how productive and worthwhile students find the experience.
Q3: Do you set work between sessions?
Yes! Work done between sessions consolidates what was done in the tutorial session and is equally as important, if not more so, than what happens in the session.
Q4: You seem to charge more than other tutors. How do you justify that?
My rates (see the prices tab) are a reflection of both my classroom experience, my experience one-to-one tutoring, the time and effort that goes into the top-quality resources I produce to use in tutorial sessions and the grades my students obtain as a result of all of this. Furthermore, the support does not end at the end of the session; I am happy to answer any questions my students have via WhatsApp between sessions.
Q5: Do I have to commit to a certain number of lessons?
Q6: If online tuition is that good, why isn’t every tutor doing it?
I have to be honest and say I don’t know the answer to this. It could be reluctance to make the initial investment that a tutor needs to make in order that the lessons run smoothly, it could be lack of technological awareness or just simply that a tutor prefers to be there in person. Whatever the reason is, I really don’t know it. However, I am confident that after a taster session, students will see the value and want to continue. And if I’m wrong, don’t worry! Simply don’t pay for it.