What is virtual tutoring and what are the benefits?


If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t take the usual things for granted. Even the most basic tenets of childhood – like access to school – are now in jeopardy. As parents we’re having to figure out, more than ever, how to ensure our children’s education continues week-on-week.

There’s a dizzying array of options out there. The stakes (our children’s future) are high, the choices many. But there’s one choice every parent should make as you plan your Home Learning – and that is to enlist the help of a virtual tutor.

One day soon, virtual tutors will be as common as car insurance. In fact, virtual tutoring is your child’s insurance policy. We used to think of tutors as a backup option when our child is struggling or preparing for an exam. But in recent months, thousands of parents have turned to virtual tutoring as a means of progressing their child’s learning.

The ‘new normal’ of education will see learning happening both offline and online, in school and at home. Virtual tutoring is going to be a staple part of every child’s education; a safety net that guarantees they are moving their learning forward regardless of circumstance.


What is a virtual tutor?

A virtual tutor is an online program that simulates a human tutor. We’re not talking about another human at the end of a Zoom call, which can be both clunky and expensive. Instead, a virtual tutor uses technology to identify your child’s learning needs. It then develops a learning journey that addresses their specific gaps – exactly as a human would do, with content that is sure to delight your child because it’s designed for online delivery. Your child moves forward when the tutor feels they are ready, and they receive help when stuck.


What are the benefits of a virtual tutor?

We’ve known for decades that one-to-one tutoring is a guaranteed way to improve children’s learning. It stands to reason: a tutor is able to give your child the dedicated time and attention they need, that they may not always get in school. Our own research shows that in primary classrooms the world over, the learning needs of students are incredibly diverse, with several years of knowledge separating high and low attainers. Tutoring is a proven way of ensuring every student, wherever they are in their learning journey, can learn according to their own needs and at their own pace. A virtual tutor offers all the same benefits at a tiny fraction of the cost.

It’s all automatic, which means you can be as hands-on or hands-off as you wish. A virtual tutor will keep you informed on your child’s progress, so you’re always in the loop. And rest assured, you don’t have to be a math expert or educator to keep your child’s learning progressing.

The results are in – with regular use of Math-Whizz, students increase their learning by an average of 18 months in the first year. During school closures and holiday periods, it’s the difference between learning loss and learning gains – we’re talking a 4.5-month advantage for those students on Math-Whizz. Consistency is what will make-or-break your child’s learning.

More than anything, a virtual tutor sets your child up for long-term success, with a solid foundation in numeracy and other core mathematical skills.


What’s the time commitment?

This is the really exciting part. Because Math-Whizz has precision-point focus on your child’s learning, it’s incredibly efficient. To enjoy all those learning gains, your child needs just one hour a week of virtual tutoring. That’s all: an hour a week that, over time, adds up to accelerated learning.


How does a virtual tutor fit in with other learning resources?

Think of a virtual tutor as the foundation of your child’s learning – it’s a guaranteed, low-hassle way of embedding the most essential knowledge and skills. Whether your child is looking to catch up, press ahead in the curriculum, consolidate what they already know or become an expert problem solver, they will need a secure grounding in core math skills, and that’s what a virtual tutor is guaranteed to help them achieve.

Math-Whizz complements learning that is happening in school. It is the essential companion to your child’s education, whatever your aspirations.


A glimpse of the future

Virtual tutoring is still in its infancy, and there’s a lot more to come as the technology continues to evolve. Just a few years ago, few people took speech devices seriously. Now many families can’t do without an Alexa or Siri at the dinner table. We’ve been involved at the cutting edge of research into virtual tutoring, and we’ve glimpsed the future. The virtual tutor of tomorrow will be able to converse with your child, detect their mood and find ways to keep them motivated throughout their learning…just like the very best human tutors.

But there’s no need to wait until then to get started with virtual tutoring. It is already here, waiting to lend a helping hand to you and your child. In this time of uncertainty for your child’s education, let this be the surest decision you make.

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