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Consider the Pros and Cons of Online Tutoring, Math Tutors, and Math Centers

The articles explained how math instruction has undergone a major paradigm shift recently.  Julie was armed with more knowledge, but homework time was still dreadful. She needed to quickly put an end to the homework wars.

She vowed to get him the help he needed to get him back on track and stop the tears and arguments.

She decided to learn about online tutoring, math tutors and math centers, like Mathnasium of Cedar Rapids.  She wrote down the pros and cons of each option.

Benefits of Online Tutoring

  • It can be done in your home using technology.
  • You can choose the online tutor based on factors other than geography. This is great for people living in rural areas.
  • It is often the cheapest option.
  • You can sometimes record or download parts of the lesson.
  • It may be one-on-one.
  • Some have flexible schedules.
  • Goes at the pace of the child.
  • May give updates about progress.

Cons of Online Tutoring

  • You may waste valuable time and money because your child simply doesn’t pay attention. Many kids get distracted at home with siblings, television, cell phones, or just about anything.
  • Children don’t build the same rapport with online tutors that they do with face-to-face instructors. This affects their motivation and level of participation.
  • You have to buy computer accessories to communicate effectively online.
  • Technological glitches may disrupt a tutoring session.
  • The internet has a lot of tutoring scams. It is definitely a “buyer beware” mentality.
  • Hiring a good online tutor takes a lot of time and effort. It’s not unusual to go through several ineffective tutors before finding a good one.
  • Online tutors often only work on homework and don’t address learning gaps.
  • Online tutors don’t use a well-structured curriculum.
  • The parent still has to supervise the tutoring session.
  • Most do not give an assessment to find gaps in the student’s learning.
  • Many families don’t follow through with the tutoring.

Benefits of Private Math Tutors

  • Some of them come to your home.
  • It is one-on-one and face-to-face.
  • Children might build a rapport with the private tutors and may ask more questions.
  • Goes at the pace of the child.
  • May give detailed updates about progress.

Cons of Private Math Tutors

  • Hiring a good tutor takes a lot of time and effort. It’s not unusual to go through several ineffective tutors before finding a good one.
  • They rarely use a well-structured curriculum.
  • They are often the most expensive option.
  • Many kids get distracted at home.
  • Some children become dependent on their tutor and don’t attempt their math homework without the tutor being there.
  • Most do not give an assessment.
  • They rarely have flexible schedules.
  • You must be ready to make a financial and time commitment.


Stuart Raffeld

B. A. Operations Research & Statistics, California State University, Long Beach, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. B.S. Mathematics, California State University, Long Beach. Mathematics University of California, Irvine, Teaching Assistant undergraduate Mathematics. Completed course work for MS Degree with 4.0 GPA. M.S. Mathematics, Kingsbridge University. Transcript available upon request. 1988-Present: Mathematics tutoring--One on one tutoring for SES students through YP institute and Academic advantage. Tutored students with low learning skills as well as very bright students. Tutored groups of four students in math classes from basic mathematics through calculus. Mathematics teaching for EFN, Inc., a private school.

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