Ever since the pandemic started, many aspects of our lives have been affected. One of the most disturbing fact is keeping up with the education the children are missing in school.
Tutoring is not new. Usually tutoring is referred to teaching subjects that are taught in schools on a personal level. Even before the advent of educational institutions children used to learn either from their parents, siblings, governesses or home lesson teachers. Now because of the rise in the pandemic, coupled with financial strain and uncertainty about the future, parents are burdened with more responsibility of providing alternative education at home. This is where tutoring comes into play.
Many people are willing to come forward to help the children. It doesn’t matter whether the tutoring is online or by physically meeting the child at home. The greatest benefit is the one-to-one communication between the teacher and student.
One success story of online teaching is of Ann Pearl, a Filipino flight attendant who is now a 51Talk online tutor. The 51Talk is an online English platform that aids Filipino teachers tutor Chinese students. Due to the pandemic, a lot of employees in the aviation industry have lost their jobs. However, Pearl found a way of keeping a balance of teaching online at 51Talk and also being able to stay at home and take care of her family.
“In the past, I strive to bring your loved ones home. Now, I am teaching at home while helping cute students fall in love with their language learning,” Pearl said in an online interview with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.
In Clarksburg, West Virginia three high school students from the Young Progressive Womens Association (YPWA) came forward to provide tutoring to young children. Although the teaching method used by the tutor can be different from the way the subject teacher teaches in school, they hope that this will help the children not to forget what they have learned at school.
“We decided to reach out to the younger generation and thought they might need help with schooling since the whole pandemic,” says Founding Member and Senior Tamira Singleton.
Olga Prather, owner of Billings Sylvan Learning Center in Billings, Montana said “I think it’s all about the approach. So, if you go into this thinking that this is never going to work, then it is going to be difficult. But what I’m seeing is that we’re adjusting. We’re getting it,”
The Learning Center provides tutors for kindergarten up to college level. Prather also believes that the children miss their friends and she encourages parents to allow peer-to-peer interaction as much as possible.
This is a big change for everyone. Although tutoring may seem simpler than teaching a class of 20 or more students, it still needs preparation, consistency and the ability to communicate in a way that the child can benefit from the teacher.