Benefits Of Online Tutoring Vs In-Person Tutoring: Results From 50,000 Children, Teachers and Parents In Schools and At Home

The benefits of online tutoring versus in person tutoring are becoming increasingly apparent as the number of students receiving online tutoring from private companies is growing so fast.

Indeed between 2005 and 2015 it increased by over 30%, so it is clear you’re not the only parent thinking about giving your child an educational boost above and beyond what they’re receiving at school. 

One to one tutoring has been proven to be the most effective way at speeding up a child’s progress and boosting their results so it’s not surprising that this is the most popular option for additional support. 

Read more on the benefits of one to one tutoring for children.

At Third Space we’ve been providing online tutoring to primary school pupils for many years as part of our maths intervention programme. Recently we’ve been able to adapt these into a home offering for children aged 6 to 12. This article looks at the benefits of online tutoring for parents and children at home. School leaders and teachers are recommend instead to look at this guidance on how to ensure you choose the most effective maths interventions for your school.

Face to face and online tutoring both have their strengths but the options when searching for a private maths tutor can be overwhelming.

Weighing up in person face to face tutoring and online

If you decide to use a face to tutor, should you go for a student who might be bright, but isn’t a qualified teacher, or a retired teacher who’s great with kids, but isn’t so hot on the recent changes to the National Curriculum? And what about the lessons they’re following. Can you be sure they are in line with what your child is studying at school? 

Or what about the online tutoring option? You’ll probably know less about this one given it’s relatively new, but it does at least guarantee quality from a reputable organisation, is always more affordable, and it plays to children’s innate love of technology.

What are the benefits of online tutoring versus in person tutoring?

As the UK’s largest provider of primary school tutoring it may not come as a surprise, but we believe the benefits of online tutoring far outweigh any possible disadvantages. Here are the 10 reasons why.

1. Online tuition makes things much more convenient for parents and children!

Talk to any parent about their weekly schedule, and you’ll be impressed by the amount of organisation and logistics that goes into making sure their children get to the right after school club or activity at the right time. And that’s not even factoring in managing full-time working for many parents.

Adding tutoring into the mix isn’t going to be easy, right?

Most in-person tutors will try to fit children in around their other after school commitments. But as well as finding a free slot that you can commit to each week, there’s the question of actually getting to and from your weekly tutoring appointment. Sometimes travelling to and from (or parking at!) your tutor’s house can add an extra hour into an already busy schedule, something which no parent has time for…

In comparison, online tutoring takes place in the family home, meaning there is no travelling, or time making small talk with the tutor. It’s simply focused on the task in hand.

Got half an hour before tea or the start of your child’s favourite TV show? An online tutoring session can fit in just fine.

Online tutoring lesson at home

And, unlike in-person tutoring, online tutoring can be done while your child (or you for that matter) is chilling on the sofa in their pyjamas.

Including tutoring into the school day can be even more difficult; one-to-one, in-person tutoring usually has to take place after-school, or during the day but with pupils separated from the class.

Online tutoring provides a solution that can not only take place during the school day, but can take place alongside the rest of the class – for example, as part of a weekly computer-based maths lesson.

How our online maths programme keeps things convenient for you

We know how busy parents are so our process, right from signing up and picking your child’s time slots through to the maths lessons themselves, is extremely simple and easy to use.

Everything is done online which means that the furthest you’ll have to go is to your laptop to secure a world-class primary school maths tutor for your child. We’ve also got a dedicated customer service team who are ready to help you out should you ever get stuck.

2. You get a greater range of top quality tutors online who are all carefully selected so the quality remains high

Finding a tutor who really knows their stuff is one of the biggest challenges for many parents. Often the top tutors have been snapped up by other mums and dads a term in advance, and it’s not easy to tell if a tutor that you get on with as a parent will be the right one to take your child’s learning to the next level.

With online tutoring, the hard work is done for you. Look for an online tutoring provider with a rigorous selection process, and you’ll see that only the best tend to get through the various selection processes.  This means that your child will be getting the best-quality tuition that they possibly can and avoiding trawling through the vast pool of underqualified ‘tutors’ who set themselves up with few qualifications or credentials.

How Third Space Learning gets the best maths tutors

At Third Space Learning, all of our tutors have been carefully selected, screened and had their teaching consistently monitored. Fewer than 1% of all applicants make it through our rigorous process, so you know that the tutor your child will be paired with really is an expert in KS2 maths.

Tutor Training for online tutoring

What’s more, we are working with one of the best universities in the world, University College London, to ensure that all of our tutors are trained to the same consistently high standard.

So you can be confident that when you book one of our tutors, you’ll get a top-quality teacher who will engage and encourage your child to build their confidence and skills in maths.

3. Algorithms match students with online tutors

It can be extremely difficult as a parent to know which tutor is right for your child.

Do you go with the one that you got on with the most?

Do you choose the tutor that your friends recommended?

Or do you pick the tutor with the best CV?

One of the benefits of online tutoring is that the hassle of picking the right tutor for your child is taken out of the equation. Algorithms make finding the right tutor easy, and by answering a few questions on your child’s likes, dislikes, confidence and other attributes, a computer will be able to perfectly match your child with the right tutor.

This certainly saves the dozens of phone calls and meetings that can come with finding an in-person tutor!

Online Tutoring Benefits

4. Online tutoring means online learning which is fun and engaging for children

Engaging lessons? In maths? Yes, it can be done!

Maths can be a tricky topic for a lot of young minds, so having engaging lessons is crucial to help keep their focus firmly on the maths that is being taught.

As a parent you’ll already know how hard it can be to persuade a child to do their homework, let alone another whole maths lesson after school, but fortunately this is where online learning comes into its own. Thanks to the versatile nature of online classrooms, each and every lesson can be highly personalised to each individual child and the events of the day or week.

There is no need to read from textbooks that were written 10 years ago when learning online, and this responsiveness is something that children love when they are being taught.

Online tutoring vs in-person tutoring lesson taking place

We’ve found over years of teaching that the high level of engagement that comes from using our interactive classroom is great for encouraging children to verbalise their responses too, and this is crucial for learning!

5. Learning takes place in a comfortable environment for your child

Depending on the age and confidence of your child, introducing them to a stranger can prove to be a very intimidating experience. Face-to-face in person tutoring can be a scary thought to someone in primary school, but present them with the chance to head over to the house computer to chat with a tutor over a headset, and they will likely be much more receptive.

One advantage of online tutoring is that it place in your home or school, and this is something that should not be underestimated when considering the impact tutoring could have on your child. If they are more comfortable in their surroundings, taking part in an activity they probably enjoy (working online), then they will get a lot more from the tutoring sessions.

6. Online tutoring sites are able to provide more centralised and regulated training for their tutors

Before they are qualified to teach with Third Space Learning, our online tutors not only have to pass the rigorous selection process but are also required to do initial training on the primary school maths curriculum, how to use the online classroom, and, importantly, how to develop a rapport and work with even the youngest primary school children.

We believe this is essential to ensure parents can trust us with the care and education of their children. After all the skills, knowledge and understanding required to teach a 17 year old further maths are very different from those needed to coax a 7 year old into explaining how they know that 20 x 3 is 60.

7. Online tutoring is cheaper than in-person tutoring

The realisation that your child needs a tutor is often accompanied by a sharp intake of breath when you think ‘how much is it going to cost?!’.

As you will likely already know, face-to-face tutoring can vary hugely in cost depending on where you live, and often ranges from £30 an hour to £80 an hour for a tutor who has a great track record in getting results. Weekly sessions will be needed to keep up the learning momentum and ensure steady progress, and payment is usually taken in advance per half term or term, with all of this adding up to a substantial lump sum in one go.

Of course, no one wants to cut corners when it comes to their child’s education, but with the cost of living increasing it’s important to get great value for money too.

Value for money is just as important for schools, with budgets growing ever tighter and intervention programmes usually costing about the same as private tutoring.

Even with the National Tutoring Programme, many in-person interventions continue to be too expensive for many schools. Not so with online tutoring!

Thanks to the overheads being lower and elements like travel costs being taken out of the equation, online tutoring has the benefit of being competitively priced and can be a great option for parents who want a quality service that won’t break the bank.

8. Online tuition is safe and secure

One of the most important things for many parents when weighing up tuition is the safety aspect.

Will my child be safe with a tutor?

Do I have to leave my child in a stranger’s home?

How will I know what goes on in the tuition sessions?

All of the above are worries that may cross a parent’s mind when they are researching a tutor, but online tutoring addresses each and every one of them.

Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, each session will take place in the comfort of your own home, which means that not only will your child feel safe in a familiar environment, but you will also be able to keep an eye on what is going on.

Online tuition also gives companies the chance to firmly vet tutors to ensure that each and every one of them meets the high safety standards that are in place, and monitor and record lessons. This enables them to track every lesson in great detail to ensure that safeguarding procedures are followed, meaning you can rest easy when searching for a personal tutor online.

9. Online tutoring helps improve your child’s technology skills

Our children have grown up in a world filled to the brim with technology, and another advantage of online tutoring is that it can give them another great place to practise their all-important digital skills.

Whilst children may be firmly focused on the lesson that is taking place, they will also be inadvertently improving the digital skills that will be so useful when they are older and searching for a job.

10. Access to an online bank of lessons and support between lessons 

With online tuition come the other benefits that the online world can bring, namely a host of free resources and advice. The best online tutoring sites provide pretty extensive support back in the office should you need it as well as worksheets and activities for your child to do between lessons.

At Third Space Learning we have a large section of free home learning packs and home learning guides for parents and children as well as a section devoted to maths homework help and free worksheets for your child’s age.

Find out what your child needs to know

With online tutoring, when the lesson ends, the learning doesn’t have to!

Online 1-to-1 maths lessons trusted by schools and parents
Every week Third Space Learning’s maths specialist tutors support thousands of primary school children with weekly online 1-to-1 lessons. Since 2013 we’ve helped over 60,000 children become more confident, able mathematicians. Lessons are available for schools looking to support their target pupils and for parents looking for maths help at home.

Ellie Williams
Ellie Williams
With a love for all things KS2 maths, Ellie is a part of the content team that helps all of the Third Space Learning blogs and resources reach teachers!
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