In depth review, targeted help for specific problems, long term support: more and more American parents are using tutoring services to help their children overcome challenges at school!
- How do tutoring sessions unfold?
- When should you choose distance tutoring over sessions in the home?
- What are the different advantages of these types of tutoring?
Superprof is here to answer all of your questions...
Tutoring in the Home or via Webcam: What Are the Differences between the Lessons?
The tutoring business is doing very well.
Underfunded educational systems, poorly run schools in some poorer neighborhoods, increasingly crowded classrooms, fewer and fewer quality teachers due to the challenges of the professions... these are just some of the reasons students and their parents are turning to supportive measures like private tutors.
Some numbers that paint a picture of the tutoring market in the United States.
- As of 2016, 39% of parents of K-12 students had hired private tutors for their children.
- The "supplemental education" sector of the American economy has grown from $500 million in 2000 to $5 billion in 2015. There are more than 50 national tutoring companies that alone offering services to almost a half million students annually.
- One of Princeton Review's "premier" tutors costs at least $450 per hour.
If you're looking for a competent tutor, look no further than Superprof, where you'll find thousands of motivated and very qualified tutors in a number of subjects:
- Sciences: physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, information technology...
- Languages: Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Arabic...
- Music: singing, guitar, violin, piano, theory...
- Sports: yoga, Pilates, chess...
You can also find tutors in reading, grammar and writing, computers, cooking... Superprof even offers tutoring in ukulele!
These days, private tutoring comes in two forms:
- Face-to-face, with a tutor who comes to your home to meet with your child.
- Distance, via a video-conferencing tool like Skype or Google Hangout.
What's the best way to learn?
With distance tutoring, it's more difficult for a student to establish a real connection with the teacher, at least in our experience. And since the teacher isn't by their side, it's also more difficult for students to concentrate on their lesson or homework.
This distance can nevertheless be attractive for shy or reserved students, but face-to-face tutoring can accomplish the same thing with a great teacher!
The average hourly cost of webcam tutoring is about $35.
If you decided to utilize tutoring services via video-conference, you'll need one of three free applications: Skype, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp.
Some good things for parents to know about Superprof:
- When purchasing a package of 10 or more hours of tutoring sessions, the hourly price is often discounted by 10%. Look for tutors offering this deal.
- If some of your friends also have children struggling in a particular subject, you might be able to organize group classes in your home, provided that the tutor agrees. This is a good way to share costs and encourage cooperation among your children.
So, do you prefer online tutoring or in the home?
How Does In-Home Tutoring Work?
Before we get to the heart of the matter, a few indispensable pieces of advice for any future tutor who might be reading this post:
- Being punctual is an absolute must! Your service to your student begins the moment you arrive, and you have to be on time to set the proper example!
- Forget doing everything done by the numbers! Every student is unique: different internal logic, personality, and scholarly needs (review of difficult material, overall improvement of understanding, focused problem solving....)
Giving private lessons means adapting your approach for each student and offering TAILORED solutions! That's how you help each of them overcome their difficulties!
We touched on this briefly in the first part of this article, but face-to-face tutoring offers 4 major advantages:
- A physical presence to reassure students.
- More straightforward and more easily understood explanations when you can speak directly.
- Stronger concentration for both student and teacher.
- A chance to really motivate students in person.
There are lots of ways to prepare your private tutoring lessons in terms of the exercises and reviews you do, which of course depend on the subject being taught (an English lesson might be more theoretical than a math lesson, in which there will be lots of exercises and practice) and the student's needs in terms of the specific school system (testing and exams, for exam).
If you have a session that lasts one hour, which is the most frequent length, you can divide your time in the following way:
- 10 minutes at the beginning to review what you went over in the last lesson.
- 15 to 20 minutes following that to make sure that your student truly understands the key ideas and fundamental concepts.
- 20 minutes of exercises that employ the ideas you've gone over.
- 10 minutes to work towards the next lesson, go over a homework assignment, and review anything they might still have questions about.
One recurring question that students' parents or students themselves ask is: how do we verify the qualifications of the tutors?
In the past, a good teacher was able to succeed by word-of-mouth: friends, family, former and current students' parents...
Now, with the collaborative review system on Superprof, consisting of star ratings and comments, any user can leave a comment or a note about a teacher they've hired, a little like Amazon or Yelp.
With Superprof, it's hard to go wrong, you'll hit a thousand every time!
In-Home Private Tutoring: 8 Important Advantages
What are the advantages of private, in-home tutoring?
Let's be realistic: the main goal of helping students with their homework and other tutoring is to see their grades go up. With regularly scheduled 1 to 2 hours of lessons per week, according to the student's level, they're almost guaranteed to pass their math class or get a positive evaluation of their writing skills!
What is the cost?
We won't deny that enlisting the services of a private tutor for your child will have an impact on your household budget, and that it'll be even more significant the longer they last and depending on the qualifications of the teacher.
However, lessons that you sign up for on the Superprof platform will cost you much less than with a competitor like Princeton Review or Kaplan.
This is because you go direct to the tutor, eliminating the implied costs of the company (rent, marketing, etc...)
Here are some rough estimates of hourly prices:
- Language classes (Spanish, German) cost about $35.
- Artistic subjects (piano, photography) cost about $45.
- Lastly, athletic coaching costs around $65 an hour. That's cost of chasing a dream physique. Specialty sports like Muay Thai, Krav Maga, or even traditional boxing are the most expensive.
In the end, like always, it's a matter of finances (it's also always to reason we start wars!), so we want you to know that private in-home tutors are often a tax write-off, which can help offset the strain on your budget.
And with the easy functioning of the Superprof platform, if ever you you don't find a tutor suitable (it does happen from time to time), you can try another one from our immense database of private tutors.
Learn now how to organize your in-home tutoring sessions...