If you’re like most people, you may look at a mathematical equation or symbol and think, “Well, this is where I check out. See ya!”
If that’s the case, you may be suffering from an acute case of what some call “math trauma,” where you feel anxiety or negativity when confronted with a math problem.
Here’s the thing: math (or any other subject, for that matter) doesn’t have to be a terrifying subject, and it certainly doesn’t need to be as difficult as it seems. So what’s the solution?
Hire an online tutor.
Curious about the benefits of an online tutor? Wondering if it’s the right choice for you and your learning style? Read on.
Why You Should Hire an Online Tutor
Note that we’re talking about hiring an online tutor. That’s right, we’re not talking about getting the freshman college student who lives down the street to come over twice a week.
Instead, we’ve done research and broken down key benefits to having a tutor remotely over the internet because we think it might just be better than in-person tutoring.
Ready? Let’s take a look at some of the most important benefits.
Larger Selection Pool
Consider this: why do people like shopping on Amazon so much?
Well, there are lots of reasons. It’s easy to use, the shipping is fast, and items are usually lower priced than department stores. But one of the main reasons that people overlook is the sheer value of choice.
When you hire an online tutor, you aren’t limited to just the people in your town. If you live in a city with a population of 300, you may have trouble finding a tutor, let alone a tutor who works with you or your student’s learning style.
Having a huge amount of choices means you can take the time to find not just any tutor, but the right tutor.
Much like shopping around online, too, this means that you can pick a tutor who works best for your specific situation. Need someone who can only work at night? There’s a tutor for that. Do you require some specific qualifications from your tutor? You’re sure to find one with those qualifications.
Having more choices might seem daunting, but at the end of the day, it means that you can do your research, look at your options, and pick the most suitable online tutor for your situation.
With all that choice comes the ability to pick out what specific lessons you need.
Unlike conventional tutors, when you hire an online tutor you have the privilege of choosing the exact purpose for tutoring.
This offers a large degree of flexibility to you or your student. For instance, let’s say the student only needs help with their homework, and only for a short term. While a conventional tutor might only offer a package, you can hire an online tutor with a flexible schedule with a day-to-day or week-to-week rate – problem solved!
This flexibility also means that online tutors are a great choice for students who are preparing for specific exams. That way, the tutor can come in during exam prep and help. Then, when you’re finished preparing, you no longer need to continually pay for the tutor’s services because the job is done.
When you hire an online tutor, you can choose someone who can offer individualized help to you or your student – that’s a benefit that can’t be overstated.
Based on your location, the only tutors available may be overall education tutors or tutors who don’t teach the subject you’re targeting.
However, with online tutors, you can target very specific educational deficiencies, and the lessons are catered to you or your student. Say you need help in math – all you need to do is search for a math-centric online tutor or service (like Thinkster Math) and go from there.
Create Lesson Recordings
The ability to record lessons (and later review those recordings) is a definite benefit when you hire an online tutor.
Many schools forbid recording lessons, especially at the university level (with some exceptions for students with disabilities). However, even the most attentive students sometimes miss a key point here or there.
In an individualized setting, that key point might go missing forever, as there are no classmates to rely on.
When you hire an online tutor, however, you can record the entire session and go back to any point with ease. Some tutoring services even give you the tools you need to create a lesson recording for yourself. This becomes invaluable, especially if the tutoring service uses a video component (like screen sharing) to show diagrams and figures.
It’s a common scenario: you hire a local serviceperson in your town and think you know what the price is, only to have some extra money tacked on for travel costs.
With conventional tutors, you will often pay a premium for the tutor because they need to cover the costs of commuting. If your tutor lives a while away, those costs add up fast.
Want to save some money? Hire an online tutor. They don’t have to commute, which slashes your costs significantly, and you don’t have to pay a premium for equipment or stationery. Instead, you or your student can get individualized, well-taught lessons from the comfort of your own home (and using your own home technology).
Additionally, because of the amount of competition, you can be confident that you’re getting the best rate. With online tutors, if the price is too high, it’s not a big deal – you can just shop around and find another service. That might not be the case if only two or three tutors live in your town.
Now that you know the benefits you gain when you hire an online tutor, you can go out and make the most educated choice for you or your student.
While you’re here, check out some of our other articles on education (like some of the other technological innovations in the classroom), or contact us if you have questions.