Online Tutoring found to be Consistent with Best Practices of In Person Tutoring

   Online Tutoring found to be Consistent with Best Practices of In Person

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 28, 2014

NEW YORK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- today released "The
Benefits of Online Tutoring." This new whitepaper was commissioned to
determine if online tutors are able to provide research-based pedagogical
practices associated with gains in learning outcomes. An analysis of
hundreds of online interactions and student comments shows that online tutors
at provide a rich learning experience that closely parallels the
best practices of face-to-face tutoring.

Colleges and universities are adopting online tutoring to expand their
individualized support services to meet the demands of an increasingly older
student population as well as the 18-22 year old digital natives. Online
tutoring provides individualized instruction on the student's schedule. This
has become more important now that over 42% of the 21 million enrolled college
students are 25 years or older and many must balance jobs and children along
with classes and coursework. Over 7.1 million students take at least one
course online and many are looking for help online too, both traditional and
the older or post-traditional students.

Research regarding online tutoring lags the practice. "The Benefits of Online
Tutoring" examined hundreds of online tutoring sessions and thousands of
student completed surveys and open-ended responses to determine what practices
online tutors employed and how these were received by college students who
used services.

Online Tutors Adhere to Proven Best Practices

The research conducted by Cherie Mazer, Ed.M., found that online tutors
provided all four aspects of successful learning:

  oCognitive support: provide active-learning through guided inquiry and
  oSocio-affective support: demonstrated through establishing a friendly
    rapport and closely monitoring progress throughout the session
  oMotivational support: help students see that they complete tasks
  oMetacognitive support: develop students learning strategies and study

"We can attest to's use of best practices for providing a
personalized learning service to our students," reports Dr. Ted Lewis, Vice
President of Academic Affairs at Pellissippi State Community College. "Many
of our students are balancing jobs and families and's learning
program allows them to get help at their moment of need, 24 hours a day. With
our diverse population of students it is critical that we have support
services that can partner with us to enhance student success."

"The Benefits of Online Tutoring" was researched and written by Cherie Mazer,
Ed.M. a Doctoral Candidate (2014) in the Carnegie Project on the Education
Doctorate at University of Central Florida and a graduate of the Harvard
University Graduate School of Education, Technology, Innovation and Education
program. The paper can be downloaded in its entirety at: .

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