As most schools in the United States reopen their doors to in-person learning for the fall, many students and parents revel in this comforting return to normalcy.
But like other facets of society, the pandemic has permanently reshaped the educational system in many ways.
While phased reopening schedules and social distancing are likely temporary measures, an educational trend that skyrocketed in popularity during the pandemic that’s almost certain to carry on afterward is remote learning.
What are the benefits of remote learning for students?
Remote learning, also commonly referred to as distance learning or distance education, offers students of all ages a safe, convenient, and engaging platform to complete their coursework during the pandemic.
But its unique advantages over traditional in-person learning means that students will undoubtedly continue to utilize this technology long after the pandemic has subsided.
A 2021 survey conducted by OnePoll partnered with TutorMe of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children, which also collected responses from the children of those polled, revealed that 1 in 3 children are excited by remote learning.
Remote learning helps improve study habits in students
In addition to focusing better, parents observed several positive impacts that distance learning had on their children’s study habits:
- 46% of parents reported that their child started raising more questions
- 43% of parents noticed that their kids were more effective multitaskers
Furthermore, 58% of students surveyed said they found new methods of studying while learning remotely, such as referencing a textbook while in the virtual classroom, finding games and examples online to reinforce concepts, and recording remote lessons to refer to later on.
What do parents think about learning remotely?
According to the participants in the survey, overwhelmingly positive!
Nine out of 10 parents expected these effective studying habits to stick long after the pandemic.
In light of many schools reopening this fall, the parents were also asked what features of remote learning they’d like to see incorporated into the traditional classroom:
- 43% of parents supported letting their kids learn at their own pace
- 43% of parents felt that remote learning permits smaller class sizes
- Over 40% of parents liked that virtual learning lets their children learn in their own style with extra visual or audio resources
Interestingly, the survey also asked parents to compare their study habits to those of their kids:
- 86% of parents want to instill more effective study habits in their kids than they had at school
- Over 20% of parents said it took them until high school to overcome their “study anxiety”
- 45% of parents said the increased availability of peer learning is what helped them overcome their study anxiety
Based on the responses from both students and parents in the survey, it’s clear that online learning imparts valuable studying habits in students. Still, nearly two-thirds of children reported that it’s challenging studying by themselves.
"Learning remotely isn't limited to the interaction between the student and their computer," said Myles Hunter, CEO and co-founder of TutorMe. "There are tools that incorporate the human element of in-person classrooms in a virtual setting, bringing kids' favorite parts of the traditional classroom to the comfort of their homes."
This need for more interactive, interpersonal virtual education is where online tutoring comes into play!
Online tutoring plays a key role in shaping good study habits
When it comes to getting help with a question about coursework, 45% of the kids surveyed go straight to the internet or social media for academic support.
Why is that so?
This could easily be explained by the following statistic—60% of students say it’s faster and less stressful to seek help online.
Perhaps this partially explains why online tutoring continually grows in popularity amongst students even after schools reopen their doors for in-person learning.
Compared to traditional in-person academic guidance, online tutoring has many other notable advantages that students find compelling, including:
- On-demand 24/7 availability
- Online convenience (no need to travel to tutoring sites)
- More engaging lessons (i.e. virtual whiteboards, video chat, lesson recording)
- More privacy (secure 1-on-1 lessons wherever students feel most comfortable)
- More expert tutors (not limited by geographic location)
Students utilize this innovative academic support system in tandem with remote or in-person education to grasp or reinforce concepts, develop more effective study skills, and prepare for exams.
Tailored 1-to-1 guidance from knowledgeable, patient, and positive subject matter experts also bolsters students’ self-confidence, empowering them to overcome study and test anxiety for improved academic success.
In short, online tutoring helps make remote learning easier and more effective (and enjoyable!) for students.
So how do students plan on using online tutoring to supplement their education for the new school year?
Students will increasingly embrace online tutoring post-pandemic
Students in the survey revealed how often they used online tutoring and how significantly it will factor into their studies this fall:
More than 21% used online tutoring once a week over the previous year More than 23% plan to use online tutoring this fall for the first time Over 32% plan to use the same amount or more this fall than they did previously
Based on this data, it’s safe to say that online tutoring will continue to be a valuable educational resource for students, even as more schools reopen for in-person instruction.
Students aren’t the only ones who think online tutoring will be a permanent fixture in the future of education—72% of parents polled think virtual learning will be around long after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Kids today have a lot more tools to help them learn than their parents ever dreamed possible,” said Myles Hunter.
“Moreover, they can access educational resources on their own and in their preferred format, such as text, visual or audio, without having to wait for a parent or educator to become available.”
Indeed, online tutoring is the ideal academic support solution that can help bridge the gap between in-person and remote learning, helping students achieve academic success in a post-pandemic world.