We all know the benefits of language tutoring: more attention from the tutor, more corrections, and the ability to study anything you want, whether it’s news you’re interested in, or TV shows.
But did you know that most of the things you do in person can be done online at a lower cost and in less time? You also have even more tutors to choose from. Today, we’ll talk about three reasons you should try online tutoring.
1. Save Time & Money But Still Learn Effectively
The biggest benefit is the savings. In general, online classes are cheaper than offline classes, and they are becoming more and more popular with students. This may be because some research has found that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face learning.
The savings are even greater for online tutoring. As one of our students told us, “in my hometown, the cheapest private English tutor will cost $15 USD for 45-60 mins. Online, I can find a tutor for just half as much.”
In addition, offline tutoring usually requires you to meet somewhere with your tutor. Unless you have your tutor come to your home, both of you have to spend time getting to the tutoring spot every lesson, which can be tiring and expensive on top of your studies or your work.
With online tutoring, you can save this time and money and use it on other things, like rest and relaxation or the hobbies you’ve always wanted to try!
2. Find Tutors Anywhere and For Any Purpose
With offline tutoring, there’s always the struggle of finding a tutor near you. If you live in a small town, there might not be any tutors nearby. Even if you live in a city, you might still struggle to find a tutor close to you, and even if you do they might not be very good.
With online tutoring, this is not a problem. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can learn with tutors around the world from the comfort of your own home.
What’s more, you have a greater variety of tutors to choose from. You can find tutors who suit your learning style, and even ones that specialize in certain aspects of the language you’re learning, whether you want to focus on conversation, business English, or test prep.
This is a key advantage of tutoring, especially online tutoring. Unlike classroom teachers, who must be good at a variety of things that are unrelated to language (e.g. classroom management), tutors have the freedom to focus on the aspects of language that they care most about. As a result, they usually become more specialized.
Finally, with a few searches, you can also find tutors who share your hobbies and interests or have experience working in your field.
3. Online Tools
Another great thing about online tutoring is that you get to use a variety of online learning resources.
For in-person classes and tutoring, you might use traditional textbooks accompanied by CDs. But with online learning, you’re more likely to learn with the latest English language content - not just traditional learning materials, but also things like podcasts, Youtube videos, and news articles on the internet.
Also, teaching on a computer means that your tutor can take detailed notes for you. When they teach you a new word, they can quickly send you the spelling online. If you don’t understand a word, they can also quickly send you a picture of it.
So at the end of the lesson, you’ll have a list of new vocabulary words to review, with links to pictures, grammar explanations, and anything else your tutor might send you. Online tutors tend to have a large library of online resources.
Finally, online platforms often have features like screen-sharing, so you’ll feel like you’re in the same space as your tutor.
Have you heard of Engoo?
We've now covered the three advantages to online tutoring:
- You can save time and money.
- You can find tutors anywhere and for any purpose.
- You can use online tools.
At Engoo, we’re proud to say that we offer all three of these advantages. We’re a 24-hour one-on-one tutoring platform that delivers 25-minute lessons with tutors from around the world.
In terms of savings, just know that you can take a lesson for as little as $1.66 each lesson. And you can book a tutor just 15 minutes before a lesson.
In terms of our range of tutors, we’re also confident that you can find tutors for your specific needs. Let’s say you want to improve your business English. On our platform, you can easily find tutors who are passionate about teaching this aspect of English and/or have experience in business themselves. Just search “business”:
If you like hiking and want to practice talking about it with a tutor, simply search “hiking”:
Engoo has thousands of tutors from over 100 countries. Learning with a variety of tutors will help you to get used to accents from many countries and train you to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
At Engoo, there are also features built into our lesson system to make online learning more effective. For example, we’ve built our own online video calling system. This means that you don’t have to download separate software. You simply take lessons from the comfort of your home computer or mobile device.
Our video calling system has been designed specifically for online lessons with our materials. When you pick a lesson, your tutor’s screen automatically refreshes to show the lesson. Whenever you highlight a word, it becomes highlighted on your tutor’s screen as well. You can also share your own images and PDF documents through the chatbox!
So if you have a stable internet connection, why not give online tutoring a try? And with Engoo, there’s nothing to lose, since you get your first lesson for free!