Column: Benefits of online tutoring


Have you ever considered hiring an online tutor for algebra, precalculus, AP calculus or AP statistics for your child but were skeptical since you had never tried it? Perhaps you’ve only experienced face-to-face tutoring. For many reasons, online tutoring could be a better option for your child, especially in this COVID-19 environment.


Here are several reasons to consider an online tutor:

Convenience: Tutoring sessions can be scheduled to occur anytime or anywhere without worrying about transportation for your child to and from the library, school or coffee shop, thus saving the parent and the child time that would otherwise be wasted.

Personalization: The online tutor can work more closely with your child and be more available for last-minute or quick questions, such as might occur the night before a test when libraries and coffee shops are closed.

More engaging with technology: Kids are comfortable with using technology and always looking for the latest and greatest tools to accomplish the work they need to do.

Access to vast resources: An online tutor typically has knowledge of many online resources, such as websites that provide example problems, check solutions and provide interactive, hands-on activities. The online tutor can prescribe exactly the right tool for the student and train them on it.

Network: Online tutors network with other tutors and can collaborate to give your child the best possible tutoring experience.

Availability: Online tutors can be available any time of the day or night and are not limited to just one geographic location.

Efficiency: More tasks can be accomplished and less time wasted as typically happens in a face-to-face tutoring situation.

Fewer distractions: The distractions that occur in a coffee shop or library most of the time cannot be controlled and can be disruptive to the learning process. Most distractions coming from the home environment can be controlled or minimized,

Safety: Because of health department restrictions in place during the pandemic, any face-to-face meeting would require specific safety precautions to be put in place. Many parents or tutors might not be willing to take such a risk.

Max Pavlovsky is a Westfield resident and professional math tutor and former engineer and computer professional. He can be reached at 423-227-8873 or Learn more at


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