Pro #3: A wider variety of options
When searching for the best tuition service or teacher, students often find themselves limited to the options that are nearest to them or their schools. This limitation, however, only seems to apply to physical tuition.
With online tuition, the location of their classes is one less factor they need to look out for when choosing a tutor. Students who choose to undergo online tuition avail themselves to a larger variety of options to choose from. This may allow them to find tutors or tuition centres that can better accommodate their learning needs.
For example, a student under Sophia Education might reside in the East, but finds that the track record and profile of a tutor teaching in their Jurong East branch more compelling. The student may opt for online lessons under this tutor without worrying about the taxing commute.
Not only has online tuition and E-learning been an advantage to students, but also to tutors and tuition businesses looking to expand their consumer base. In recent times, tuition centres like Sophia Education have experienced demands from clientele all across Asia! Students from countries like India, Japan, etc. who know of the rigorous, yet stellar education system in Singapore have been in search of online tuition classes from the school.
This goes to show that online tuition provides so much more opportunities for students and tutors alike- options that would never have been available should physical classes remain the status quo.
Con #1: Requires more discipline and better time-management
Online tuition, or E-learning in general, requires a stronger sense of self-discipline and better time management. For young students who are still learning to develop these good habits and skills, online classes might be quite the leap. Many may fall through the cracks, losing even more motivation as their grades begin to take a plunge.
Furthermore, online classes might even breed a further lack of discipline, with students being able to turn off their camera to daze off, or searching the answers online instead of actively learning and recalling their work.
Online tuition may also not be able to accommodate those of who are neurodivergent (ADHD, ASD etc.) and who have had particular difficulty acclimating to learning online. Here, the reintroduction of physical classes would be a relief to their learning.
Hence, for those of us who struggle to meet the demands of online learning, online tuition might not be a viable or effective option.