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Internet infrastructure has developed to a point that it has become extremely easy and convenient to hire an online tutor. This option usually presents itself as a dilemma to parents looking to hire a tutor for their child. While it is easy to presume that live teaching can in no way match the experience of having the teacher physically present, the experience actually varies depending on the student's age, his/her comfort with technology, the subject taught and the experience levels of the educator. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of online tutoring in more detail.
If you have homeschooled for any amount of time (or even if you've just kicked around the idea of homeschooling in lighthearted conversation), you have had this thought or have been asked this question: "What about socialization?" This is a topic that seems to automatically arise in any discussion about homeschooling.
As admission standards to high schools and universities continue to become more and more difficult, a private tutor is an educational supplement that parents are increasingly looking to as an option. However, there are many questions that parents frequently have as they initiate the process.
I just read a newspaper article that discussed the difficulty parents have when helping their kids with their homework. Some communities are actually offering classes in the subjects their children are studying so that parents can supplement their kids' in-school learning at home. I won't cite the article, because I think it missed the point.
Even some elite colleges employ literature-based learning. Their tools are the Great Books; their principal technique, discussion. The Literature School is not only a successful school, it is the ideal multi-grade family school.
Students who are placed at risk due to poverty, race, ethnicity, language, or other factors are rarely well served by their schools (Hilliard, 1989; Letgers, McDill, & McPartland, 1993). They often attend schools where they are tracked into substandard courses and programs holding low expectations for learning (Oakes, 1985; Wheelock, 1992). If parents are to achieve the desired goal of success for all students, they must hold high expectations for all, especia