Most people rely on computer-based services and smartphone apps to handle so many of our daily tasks, large and small. How did we ever survive without them? So let’s see how online tutoring services stack up against face-to-face sessions with tutors.
While online tutoring can be good at providing free generic instructional help and repetitive practice exercises, online training uses a cookie-cutter approach. When it’s crunch time, however, only seasoned tutors can assess what each individual student needs to really understand and apply the concepts. Beyond just explaining challenging concepts, Dogwood’s expert tutors identify each student’s specific strengths, weaknesses, learning style, and goals. Then they tailor each lesson to meet those individual needs. Using verbal and nonverbal communications, they match an appropriate teaching style with your student’s unique learning style, resulting in improved learning skills and self-confidence. Our tutors can clearly see when students are “getting” the material. Online services have yet to bridge that human touch.
College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free online SAT prep. Kaplan has announced a similar arrangement with ACT. These are positive developments to try to level the playing field for students whose families can’t afford tutoring. One problem is that some students don’t have the focus or motivation to go it alone with online training. Dogwood tutors are instrumental at mentoring students, keeping them focused and accountable throughout, especially with the demanding yet required practice exercises. Online students have to rely on themselves and/or their parents to stay on task… and it’s not easy.
Another problem is that high-achieving students usually need help in very precise areas to improve their ACT-SAT scores. Online they will have to dig deeper to find that level of help, if it’s available at all. At Dogwood, our tutors deliver such laser-focused, expert help in an efficient and productive framework, customized for each student’s needs. If your student needs to increase her score from 28 to 30 on the ACT to earn $10,000 more per year in scholarship money, online tutoring is certainly not the solution.
Overall, online tutoring will be helpful for some students but it has some definite limitations. In the final analysis, there is nothing more effective and efficient for busy students than face-to-face, customized tutoring like we offer at Dogwood Tutoring and Test Prep. For more information, please call Ivan at 678-735-7555 or email Ivan@DogwoodTutoring.com.