Online tutoring programs like Thinkster combine the benefits of artificial intelligence, personalized lesson plans and immediate feedback in order to give K-8 students real-time tools to excel in their math practice.
In-person tutoring is still a popular choice for many but it may not be the best way to help your child improve their math skills. In fact, recent shifts show more parents are moving to online tutoring and corresponding apps for their children’s math needs. This is in part due to the convenience, accessibility and technology these programs provide, as well as intangible benefits that make math an easier experience for the whole family.
See our 10 reasons why many parents are making the switch to online tutoring and why you may want to consider it for your own child’s needs.
Convenience, Accessibility and Technology
1. Online tutoring is more convenient
This one doesn’t need much explanation.
When you don’t need to drive your little ones to a specific location and your student can work on their math skills at home and at their convenience, everyone wins.
So you can get back to your busy schedule and rest easy knowing that your child is getting the personalized support they need.
2. Online tutoring doesn’t feel like school
Students often learn better when they don’t have to sit in a learning center or classroom. Plus, online programs allow them to practice their math skills in the comfort of their own home, without distractions from other students. This familiar setting helps students feel more relaxed and receptive to learning.
Further, the online tutoring sessions are actual one-on-one experiences, not just time spent in a coaching center or a classroom. Instead of tutors or teachers who are proctoring a study session with multiple students, your child will have the undivided attention of a dedicated tutor.
3. Online math lessons are available anytime, anywhere
Thinkster’s technology-enabled online tutoring app and program provides the same benefits of in-person tutoring but adds unlimited access to the rest of our world-class curriculum. This includes 100,000+ math worksheets, games, tutorials and word problems that are available 24/7 and do not require the physical presence of a tutor to complete.
If students work ahead, they do not have to wait until they see their tutor again to see progress. The Thinkster tutoring app provides video tutorials that explain multiple strategies for solving math problems that are similar to the ones in the worksheet. The tutor then provides daily grading and regular feedback on each unit completed, encouraging students to keep learning on their own schedules.
4. You receive progress updates and have regular access to online tutors
The convenience of online tutoring cannot be matched by traditional tutoring methods. But we’ve taken this a step further by making sure you are updated on your student’s progress every step of the way.
With Thinkster, you will automatically receive weekly updates as well as participate in quarterly conference calls to be able to stay on top of your student’s goals. Our periodic reviews and tests check your student’s confidence and help reinforce conceptual knowledge.
The performance metrics in the parent dashboard give you quantifiable information to discuss with your student. This makes what is often a stressful conversation about homework an easier experience for both you and your child.
5. Online tutoring provides advanced comfort and engagement with digital programs
As a parent, you’re most likely on your computer, tablet or mobile device most of the day. This continues to be the case with children these days, too.
This shift toward digital communications certainly isn’t going change anytime soon. So, giving your student access to technology (outside of social media) can benefit them in the long run.
Schoolwork is going digital as early as grade school, high school research is done online and most jobs in the workforce require high digital proficiency. Therefore, being comfortable with computers and having experience in effectively engaging with technology is important.
Students using the Thinkster tutoring program do not just use technology to complete their math exercises. Our groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence and Active Replay Technology also helps our tutors track how each student arrives at answers for individual math problems. This deep insight not only helps us accelerate learning for our students, but also helps you – as a parent – keep track of progress each week.
6. Thinkster builds more than math skills
The online tutoring system provided by Thinkster helps build confidence beyond math proficiency. Using a system focused on concept mastery, our programs teach students how to study, learn and think critically in one place.
Our online curriculum values and teaches math word problems, which help with critical thinking, analytical processes, problem-solving and reasoning skills. Having experience in solving word problems also teaches students how unpack problems in real life and work through them to the point of completion. This is a critical skill that prepares students for excelling in competitive tests, gain overall confidence in ability to solve difficult problems and prepares them for lifelong success.
These skills then carry over into the other academic areas taught at schools as well.
Knowing they have the ability to learn and excel – and seeing it on a screen in front of them – encourages students to use these techniques any time they get stuck on a new problem. They know they can succeed because they’ve already seen the proof.
Students are encouraged to work through these programs on their own with a flexible schedule, which helps build independence. But knowing their tutor will be checking their progress develops a level of accountability that some children may not have had before.
7. You don’t have to be a math wizard to help your child get ahead
For many families, homework is not a pleasant time of the day.
Many times, both parents come home from a full day of work and then need to juggle the responsibilities of managing their children, participating in social events, attending athletic practices and much more. It’s also possible that one or both parents did not take advanced math in school. So, whether the curriculum has changed or there simply aren’t enough hours in the day, parents can find it difficult to give their children the help they need to excel in math.
An online tutor can help alleviate this stress and provide expert knowledge in the subject. They also help your student get the right answers and develop a deep understanding of the optimum techniques and methods needed for solving problems. Plus, even when they aren’t with a tutor, the built-in tutorial videos available through our desktop/tablet tutoring app can answer your student’s questions on the spot.
You may not be able to answer your student’s math questions right away but our tutoring program can.
8. Students are more likely to ask questions online if they are too afraid to do so in class
Remember what it was like to be in school and want to impress your classmates?
If your child is struggling, they may simply be too shy to ask questions in class. Online learning provides a level of anonymity that can create a safety net for these quieter students. According to Care.com, teachers report that students who build up their confidence via online learning eventually begin to ask more questions in class, too.
This increased confidence can not only help your student through the rest of the school year but also allow them to perform well in all aspects of life.
9. Students can work and learn at their own pace
While classroom teachers have a curriculum to stick to and all students do the same work at the same time, one of the great things about online tutoring programs like Thinkster is that your student is allowed to take things at his or her own pace.
This means that they can take as much time as they want or need outside of tutoring sessions to focus on and master specific concepts. Your student moves forward only when he or she is ready to.
This helps them to feel more in control of the process and puts them in charge of their education.
10. You can feel confident that online tutoring programs can make your child successful
We know that your child’s education is important to you. Online tutoring can indeed provide you with peace of mind that your student will learn the skills needed to succeed in school and life.
With regular feedback, periodic testing, and tutor communications, you can feel assured that your child is working toward specific goals that show measurable progress.
Throughout the Thinkster tutoring program, students are tested on the same concepts in a variety of contexts to ensure that they not only have proficiency but also mastery of the material they have learned. This prevents the “parroting effect” that can happen when students just memorize procedures and processes to solve problems without understanding the underlying foundational concepts.
We build lifelong learners by anchoring problems to real-life situations which allows our students to get immensely better at developing thinking skills.
See for Yourself
Ready to give up the homework struggle, help your child master their math concepts once and for all, and do it all in the comfort of your own home?
We can’t wait to work with your child and help them reach their math goals!