Updated: March 23, 2016 4:23:27 pm
Around a decade back, finding a tutor that can pick your child’s loose points and can perfect him/ her on the subject was a task. You had two choices – either an overcrowded coaching institute or an expensive home tutoring (even that can’t assure quality education).
The shortcomings of both these methods often left the parents and students reaching a dissatisfactory compromise. But enter tech-enabled tutors and everything right from the point of finding a tutor, to opting for his/her services, keeping course content engaging and monitoring performance underwent a complete makeover.
Boring old textbooks have been replaced by technology-backed content that brings joy back into learning. Tutors have found an opportunity to connect with potential students in the vicinity who can use their services. Parents don’t have to worry about sending their children to coaching centres that pose obvious obstacles such as lack of security and imbalanced student-teacher ratio. By addressing all these concerns, e-tutors were welcomed with open arms by all three stakeholders.
To engage students beyond the school hours and in something that’s academic is no cakewalk. Add to this the boredom that’s bound to set in with a conventional instruction-led teaching format and the engagement levels are sure to drop. With the help of tech-enabled tutors, however, both, the overall learning experience and student success rate are only expected to go higher.
The blended teaching environment offered by tech-enabled tutors effectively employs the power of games, visuals, videos and flash cards that are more dynamic in nature than the written word.
These audio-visual tools are known to boost retention by over 50 per cent – there are enough studies to emphasise the power of images over that of the written word – apart from keeping attention drops to a bare minimum.
Along with the story being quite uplifting from the student perspective, the tutors themselves swear by technology-led equipment that allows them to be more flexible. The reasons for this new-found love are many.
Tutors get to equip themselves with new skills and build a bigger student base. Then, they get to revel in a host of design and developmental tools that aid faster and comprehensive lectures. They can reach out to students with different learning abilities – students who are specially enabled or have trouble understanding the language of instruction can benefit a great deal.
And finally, the shift marks the end of the instructor-centered methodology to actively move towards a learner-centric environment that encourages dialogue and discovery.
Lastly, the parents, who have so far been at their wit’s end trying to find proficient tutors are now heaving a sigh of relief. The fact that the tutors come home, armed with a tablet, means that the child doesn’t have to waste time and risk their security while travelling.
This makes monitoring and supervising the process simpler – it’s easier for them to be in the know of how the child and teacher are progressing.
With all these plus points, there’s no doubt tech-enabled tutors are the best bet to counter the many limitations of traditional teaching methods.
by Pradeep Singh (Founder and CEO), Vidyanext
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