Understanding Online Tutoring Models

Let’s unpack the different online tutoring models currently out in the market place.

  1. At a minimum a school could offer a non-human option where software gives you guidelines on your writing. This places a big burden on you the student to work out what to accept and what to reject.
  2. Let’s focus on having a real live tutor:
    1. Who could focus on only the nuts and bolts of language and punctuation. This is good, but should really be a last step. What if there are structural concerns that need seeing to first.
    2. Who focuses on the structural aspects of an essay. This is great. But without a nuts and bolts follow up, still leaves you feeling very uncomfortable.
    3. Who first looks at higher order structural concerns, followed by a good look at lower order concerns like grammar and punctuation. This is the Language Online model.
    4. Getting 2 looks from 1 tutor for each essay implies using the same person. In fact, Language Online believes in the same tutor for continuity.
      1. This allows a rapport to develop
      2. It allows a tutor to take you on steady journey of ever-improving writing.
      3. What could be better!?
  3. The next question is synchronous or asynchronous contact: real time or cyber time.
    1. Synchronous is great, but impossible if you are to use the same tutor.
    2. Asynchronous allows you and your tutor reasonable turnaround times that acknowledges that you are both human.
    3. Language Online follows an asynchronous model with reasonable turnaround times.

Next time a look into writing an essay!

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