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Filling learning gaps and enhancing conceptual clarity


Over the past decades, out-of-school tutoring has become an essential aspect of a student’s overall academic development. Education centers, coaching courses, tutorials, everyone knows a variant of the nomenclature attached to after-school tutoring.

However, the current after-school tuition market is fragmented, with thousands of centers springing up in every town and village with little or no emphasis on the quality of education.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, students and parents were limited to choosing education centers closer to their homes, with student-tutor compatibility taking a back seat.

But, with the pandemic and the resulting paradigm shift towards online learning, that is all about to change. Today, after-school tutoring has also evolved online. With the new digital learning tools, lessons can be personalized to suit each student’s pace according to their needs and abilities, maximizing the effectiveness of learning.

Studies show that one of the main reasons students feel removed from learning is due to poor interaction between them and teachers. This result is also directly related to the fact that students are less likely to participate in learning activities because they experience a negative association with the educational environment as a whole.

Building the bridge between students and learning

With online after-school classes, the focus is more on a personalized education style. This is of great benefit to the student as he responds better to a teacher suited to his academic requirements, in terms of temperament and tutoring style. Finding the right tutor, who can engage and inspire, can make a big difference for the learner. Students and their tutors can work more closely and help each other understand and resolve potential problems.

Today, extracurricular online tutors offer carefully constructed and psychometrically sound tutoring programs to not only reinforce concepts during the teaching-learning phase, but also to enable retention and engagement by designing quizzes and quizzes. creative testing. Additionally, individual students benefit from smaller classes as they are able to work much more closely and develop stronger relationships than would otherwise be possible in a larger class.

For example, in BYJU’s Two-Teacher Advantage program, students are taught by an expert teacher who uses visuals and storytelling to explain topics in depth to ensure conceptual clarity, while the second teacher resolves doubts. snapshots, gives individual attention and makes sessions interactive. and engaging. With this, students get the best of both worlds – access to high quality teachers and personal attention.

The future of learning is one that allows teachers to use their creative skills to provide students with opportunities to learn by incorporating new technologies into their lessons. This new blended method combines classroom and online pedagogical approaches, providing more flexibility for teachers and a richer experience for students. Proactive steps like this in the online tutoring segment help bridge the gap between students and learning.

The most crucial aspect of after-school tutoring is to ensure that students learn new concepts and use their time constructively without feeling overloaded or faced with academic burnout. Extracurricular tutors can help avoid this by using innovative teaching materials and new learning styles that stimulate students’ interest while developing their mental prowess and providing a challenge.

An opportunity for tutors

The switch to online mode of communication brought about by the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a massive change not only for students but also for teachers. Over the past year and a half, teachers have adapted to their changing roles as mentors and communicators. By adopting technology-based teaching models almost overnight, they ensured that student learning did not stop during this difficult time.

This digital adoption has also led to a steady growth of the online tutoring community. Countries like India have a large pool of teaching talent that has been grossly underemployed. With online tutoring gaining momentum, these tutors now have the opportunity to reach millions of students, re-enter the workforce and train young minds.

Author Anita Kishore is a teacher and director of strategy at BYJU’S. The opinions expressed are personal.

(Edited by : Kanishka Sarkar)

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