Private tuition market in the UK

Private tuition is known as the hidden secret of British education and is known as shadow education in the UK. They have been precursor and alternative to the schooling and were established for teaching children of wealthy families. It is defined as academic teaching outside of state provision for which tutor is paid in salary usually by tutee’s parents. The tutee’s education usually takes place at their home, where tutor assists their student in improving their knowledge related to the respective subject or for other competitive exams. It has largely remained in the shadow of private schools and home schools which were considered best for British students. Estimates have suggested that the industry is worth several billion pounds, but it lacks regulation as it is an unregulated industry and much of tutoring is informal. Therefore it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the UK market of private tuition.

A survey conducted by UK government found that tuition industry is generally a small scale industry. However, contrary to the belief, private tuition market is expanding and has changed as per changing economic factors and has become increasingly structured and commercialised. It has now been rendering teaching services to millions of students throughout in the UK. Many surveys have found that most of the tutors are university students who are seeking additional income by teaching children at the secondary level. Another group of tutor includes state-employed teachers, as well as, retired teachers from their respected government school. They work either individually or through an agency.

Private tutoring provides an opportunity for parents to help their children to get better academic success. Usually, it is associated with one on one instruction, but in recent years, Small-group and large-group instruction methods and online type of private tutoring have also come into existence. Small-group class tuition ranges from 3 students per tutor, whereas large-group class tuition has >=10 students per tutor. According to a recent survey, half of the private tutoring in the UK is conducted through one on one instruction, which is 78% followed by small-group class tuition which occupies 12% of private tuition. In a recent survey, it was found that average cost of one to one tutoring in a subject like maths is £21 per hour and in English is £24 per hour. The average cost of online tutoring was found to be £32 per hour. The majority of tuition arranged by private agencies takes place in student’s home and normally lasts for one hour.

In recent years and with the advancement of internet, the online internet is gaining popularity. In the UK, online tuition is conducted majorly through either Skype or MSN messenger. Tutors who teach online teach mainly at the secondary level with maths and science being dominant subjects. Other subjects which are taught online are English, humanities, arts and foreign languages. Furthermore, greater numbers of tutors in the UK are in favour of giving online tuition as there is increasing trend of income generated through teaching online as most of the students have access to the internet and are capable enough to get coaching online instead of going to tuition class for their studies. Moreover, it is convenient for tutors also to teach online as it saves their cost and time incurred in travelling. In addition to this, parents of students also are in favour of online tutoring because of convenience and lack of tutors in their local areas.

As private tuition is an unregulated industry, tuition agencies are bracing themselves to change by going online. They have tried to bridge the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students by providing coaching to later one at nominal fee online. So to evaluate private tuition agencies in the UK, some models were developed. The first model developed is Tutor Hunt which was founded in 2005 with the objective of providing affordable tuition to everyone in the UK.  It has over 50,000 tutors. It is a web-based service which allows tutees to directly access to tutors which they feel is most suitable to them. It charges tutees one off fees which is nominally £19.99. Tutor Hunt has created a foundation, which uses some of the profits made through the website to sponsor various school clubs, programmes and events. It ensures that private tuition does not become reserved for the elite group but is readily available for needy students and its benefit is spread as far as possible.

Another is Tutorfair which was founded in 2012 as a marketplace to put tutors in contact with potential tutees. Currently, Tutorfair has over 30,000 tutors on its database, with about 8,500 fully registered. Through Tutorfair’s web platform, tutees contact tutors with no charge and help them to locate an appropriate local tutor. Since its inception, thousands of tutees have found tutors through this organisation. It is mostly funded directly by sales made on Tutorfair website. An optional 5% price is paid by the customer who undertakes and coordinates tuition programmes in London’s under- privileged students in lieu of providing free tuition for one of their children. This free tutoring covers preparations for 11+ exams, A-level and university preparations. Moreover, it provides facilities for students from economically low background to get good tutors for their studies.

Thus, although private tuition is a shadow education in the UK, yet it is gaining popularity in the country. If effectively implemented, it has the potential to reinforce an education system which would be easily available for each and every student from different backgrounds. Public sponsored education policies fell short of meeting expectations of parents of the students. In this case, a private tuition is a viable option as it would provide an option to parents to fulfil their goal of increasing academic performance of their children. With the adaptation of innovative ideas using online method of tutoring, it has created for itself an opportunity to grow into a mature and stable market generation huge amount of profit.

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Standards of American Online Educational System

Online tutoring is the new buzz in the global education system and during the last decade, it has gained a tremendous growth casting a significant impact, enough, to dislodge the conventional thinking of imparting education to the students. In developed nations like the USA and other European countries and in some Asian countries on-line tutoring is rapidly being popular amongst the students as well as the parents. According to Forbes, this industry is going to worth $102 billion by the end of 2018. As happens in a case of almost every new trend, especially in the technology sector, America is one of the few countries to pick the trend at first and online tutoring is no exception.

The online education system is being examined not only in the private tutoring sector in America but also by some renowned universities as to how this technology based education platform could be used to the best advantage of the students. In recent past, the education has become too costly in the USA, and the conventional education from organized private and public education system has been proved to be not enough to raise the standard of the US students at par with its peers. Especially the Asian countries like India, China, South Korea has been proved to have gained a momentum in making their students far better equipped in comparison to the students of USA.

The students of any of these countries have got an advantage over the US students. That is the help of the private tutors to develop the concept of the subjects and to sharpen their skills in the weak areas. In the USA resorting to a private tutor to get a better grade as well as to develop the knowledge of the subjects to a particular level, is costly in comparison to the other countries as indicated above. In the USA, as per the report of the Virtual Strategy Magazine, the percentage of students, entering the community college, requiring at least one remedial course, is 60%. The online tutoring is being chosen by the parents as well as the students because of the following reasons,

a) The cost of taking tuition is much less than affording a personal private tutor.

b) The tech-savvy students are more inclined to and comfortable with the online tutoring.

c) The standard of the teachers available with the online tutoring companies is high because of the rigorous selection procedure of the online tutoring companies.

d) A cost of switching to another teacher is significantly low.

d) A vast pool of subjects is available.

f) The students can take help from the online tutor at their convenient time.

g) The process is mostly one to one teaching in online tutoring so that the students can get the same attention from the teachers as they can get from the personal private tutors.

The most crucial difference that could be made in the life of a student is a great tutor, who will bring out the best of the student and will motivate the student to do the best. Online tutoring companies like Tutor.com and others are continuously trying to get the best possible teachers for the students who access the tutoring services offered by these companies. The tutors are mostly chosen after two or three screen test as well as after some mock session to prove both the mastery of knowledge as well as capability in delivering the knowledge to the students to satisfy the need of them. The standard of the teachers are being continuously improved because of a unique feature of the online tutoring and that is one student seating in the US can access to one of the best possible teachers in any subject residing on the other side of the globe. American companies like Tutor.com and others are continuously recruiting on-line teachers from the other parts of the world after being satisfied with their educational background, and efficiency in educating the students.

Online tutoring is not only for helping the students to strengthen their subject knowledge and to maintain the pace with the school syllabus to get a good grade, but it is also providing valuable support to tackle their homework assignment. One unique feature that the big players in the market adopt to teach their students is that they strictly maintain a protocol that the students will not get the answers directly from their teachers. It is strictly observed that teachers help the students in such a way that at the end of a particular session the students are able to solve the problem or to answer the question on their own signifying that the basic concept about the particular topic is clear before the student.

The standard of online tutoring is yet to be judged and this is a continuous process. With time the software (like the White Board) used to impart education to the students is becoming student friendly and the teachers are being continuously updated with the use of the new application software. The established players bring out the report card of the teachers and if it is found that there is any area of improvement in dealing with the students the teachers are promptly informed to improve that area. The students’ feedback about the teachers regarded as the most valuable criteria to judge the judge the standard of the teachers working as online tutors.

So far as the overall standard of the online tutoring in America is concerned, it is yet to be judged whether online education system is going to occupy the position as the best substitutes of the conventional educational system but, the report of the Today’s Campus suggests that 90% of the students of the Tutor.com and other tutoring companies in the USA has reported higher grade and a considerable improvement in their subject knowledge. This report is alone enough to prove the importance of the role that is going to be played by the online education system in America.

Get Physics tutoring help by Expert Physics tutors

Physics is a subject of pure science and is regarded as one of the most important subjects which require optimum dedication, a strong concept in mathematics and a strong acumen and understanding ability on the part of the students to learn the subject. The students require developing a good analytical ability, ability of critical thinking and a good application skill of the theoretical knowledge if they want to solve the problems of physics and learn the subject properly. Physics, as a subject is probably the hottest topic for the scientists from the very beginning and the emergence of the technologically advanced world has been possible only because of the unprecedented advancement and application of knowledge in Physics. Physics is the most demanded subjects in the student fraternity all over the world and, making a career in physics is regarded as one of the most prestigious careers for a student. Naturally, the demand for the physics tutors are always at the top in the private tutoring market and, only an efficient tutor with the ability of clearly explaining the intricacies of the laws of physics and their applications in solving various problems could act as physics tutors for the students to help them understanding and learning the subject.

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The school teaching is not sufficient to learn this subject of pure science. The students in all over the world, who has taken physics as one of their academic subjects, require help from the private tutors to develop the concept of physics from the very beginning. In fact, without the help and motivation of the private tutors, it is impossible to tackle the subject properly for most of the students.

Getting tutoring help from expert physics tutors seems to be a tough task for the students if they do not know how to search for such tutors and where to search. The first option is, of course, the conventional way of finding a home tutor for helping the student in understanding Physics and to help him to tide over the deficiencies, created over time, to learn the subject properly. The home tutors could be selected on the basis of the information from students or from the school in which the student is pursuing his/her academic career. Another way is to search for an expert teacher from the agencies who arrange tutors according to the need of the student. The newspaper advertisements given by the private tutors on their own could also be a source to find a home tutor to teach physics. But in all the cases, the track record of the tutor must be checked as well as, his/her qualification and the experience in teaching physics. Young students of higher classes, especially graduates and postgraduates, who have specialized in Physics as one of their subjects, could really be a good source for finding an expert physics tutor. The reason is, these students being quite younger can relate to the students in a far better way and can set appropriate tuning with the students rather than the old tutors. However, the capacity to explain the subject according to the need of the student must be judged before appointing the home tutors.

The second way is to contact some tuition centers where a handful of students usually go and take lessons from the tutor. There are many learning centers which provide expert help in Physics to the students, who come over there and take tuitions. The advantage is that the cost of taking the lessons is much less than the home tutors. However, here the students are given tuitions in batch and the students do not enjoy one to one correspondence like the home tutoring. But the batch size being much less than the classroom gatherings, each student gets considerable attention from the tutors and get ample opportunities to clear his/her doubts. Moreover, the interaction in between the batchmates also helps the students to understand the subject more clearly.

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Information technology has brought a revolutionary change in the field of education. The tutoring world has taken full advantage of this technology to impart the knowledge in all possible subjects. There are various websites meant to teach physics and without any cost. Two of such websites are HippoCampus.org and Khan Academy.  Here you will find, various topics in physics are being taught using the interactive videos at free of cost. The topics cover from the basic concept to the concept of higher level physics like nuclear physics or physics-related to space research. However, in spite of the continuous effort of the developers of these websites, it is not yet possible to address all the queries of the students of different classes.

Online tutoring platform is probably the most rapidly growing tutoring media in the field of education during the past decades. The online companies are gradually becoming an organized market and the most dominating players to provide tutoring help to the students for any subject and at any level in their academic career. There are some unique features of the online education system for which it is becoming extremely popular and it is projected to be the single most important platform in future to help the students to develop subject concepts and to build necessary confidence. As discussed earlier, teaching a subject like physics requires outstanding knowledge and the capacity to deliver the same to the students.

The online companies appoint the best possible experts for tutoring Physics to their students. The reason is simple, they can appoint any tutor, residing anywhere in the world and the tutors can teach their students by interactive classes using the classroom software and video conferencing, just by sitting in his/her home and at his/her convenient time. The students can even choose the tutors by going through the profiles which are verified by the online tutoring companies. This helps the students a lot to know about the experience, the educational backgrounds and the track record of the tutors they want to get help from. The interactive classrooms are so designed that the students feel like they are learning it in real life classroom, and the entire tuition is provided on a one-to-one basis so that the student can get his/her problem solved by enjoying the pinpointed concentration on the part of the tutor. Since there are many online companies already operating in the market, each and every company faces steep competition to hold their market share. These competitive pressures prompt the companies to assess the performance of the tutors strictly by taking feedback from the students. While selecting their tutors, these companies employ a rigorous selection process which comprises of the subject test as well as, the test of tutoring skills of the teachers.

However, there is one pitfall and that is the students have to be well converse with the internet technology and should have a good computer system with strong internet connectivity before resorting to online tutoring help. The online companies also offer help in Physics assignments or home works to the students apart from conventional tutoring to develop the concept of the subject.

Physics being a subject of pure science and being one of the most complicated subjects require a private tutor with outstanding expertise in the subject. The tutor should also be capable of making the concept clear before the students and this requires an excellent communication and delivery skills. Before you select a private tutor for helping you in working out the problems of physics or making the theoretical concept clear before you, you have to be extremely careful about the aforesaid qualities of the tutor.