Master’s Thesis

A New Class of Instruction: The Efficacy and Contributions of Online Tutoring Draft

Executive Summary

Students who wish to excel in the classroom may find that an Apple—or an Android or a PC—a day can keep the bad grades away. Private tutoring (PT) has grown in popularity because of a basic parental objective: providing advantages for their children. Tutoring is like the difference between buying “off the rack” and working with a tailor to customize a suit. Tutors individualize classroom learning by encouraging students to develop and to utilize their skills and abilities while catering to students’ unique needs. Online tutoring (OT) combines the skills of tutoring with technology—amplifying trends in e-learning and in the ubiquity of mobile phones, tablets, iPads, and laptop computers. On May 16, 2017, a member of the Scottish Parliament, Colin Beattie, taught a history lesson via Skype to students at Janesville High School (Battista, 2017). Students described this online experience as an “engaging” exercise that added an exciting spin on everyday classroom learning (Battista, 2017, p. 9). Educators continue to incorporate distance learning and technology into curricula—a trend that any tutoring company must adopt to remain current and to become profitable in the PT industry. Synergy occurs when two things combine to create something bigger than the sum of the parts (Pease, Byerly, & Fitz-enz, 2013). The combination of OT and of e-learning have transformed the in-person tutoring model. Today’s tutors teach, coach, and mentor through cutting-edge technology, reinforcing the traditional tutoring model and creating a new class of instruction for the digital age.

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Battista, C. (2017, May 16). Janesville students get lesson from nearly 4,000 miles away. Retrieved from http: //

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