Key Differences between home tuition and online tuition (online class)

It’s been more than half a year since the effect of pandemic has been evident in our day-to-day live and we are moving towards a new normal. Home tutors also need to accept this new normal and adapt in order to continue imparting education with the same level of efficacy.

This requires switching from classroom or home teaching approach to online teaching approach.Private tutors thus need to understand the difference between classroom and digital teaching. This can help them to be effective and still connect with the students in the same way.

  1. Approach: In classroom teaching, the tutor or teacher is the main focus. In online classroom the focus is the material which is being projected to the students. Hence the teaching material need to be simple yet engaging with combination of visual as well as audio

2. Learning: When teaching in classrooms the content is dynamic and changes as per the group of students. However, in online learning, the content like presentations and files are more or less same and do not vary considerably between groups.

3. Time: In home tuition or physical classrooms there is fixed time for class and sessions. Online tuition is a bit more flexible when it comes to timings.Students can record the online sessions and learn anytime, anywhere

4.Cost: When conduction private tuition, the teacher has to travel or students travel to teacher. Hence there is an element of time and cost in home tuition. However online class practically reduces the time and cost as there is no traveling involved which saves efforts, time and cost of traveling.

How to study effectively during lockdown without home tuition

Now that most of us are at home and given the uncertainty around the situation of COVID-19, things are changing drastically. Even modern education is not an exemption in this case but thankfully the education sector has adapted quickly to this scenario. We moved from physical classes to online classes, live classrooms to digital classrooms. It is also understood that not every student can keep pace with the changes and may need extra help to get themselves molded in this new pattern of learning and understanding.

Luckily the basics of learning remain the same. Below are some tips and tricks to help you stay focused and get the best out of your studying time.

  1. Make a schedule: What gets scheduled gets done. So make your daily/weekly timetable. This timetable must have the subject-wise duration that you will like to give to each subject. Breaks are important too so make sure you clearly mention the time and frequency of breaks.
  2. Prioritize: It is extremely important that you understand the subjects that are your strength and the subjects that you struggle with and accordingly prioritize them. Obviously the subject that you struggle with needs more attention but strong subject will also need to be revised frequently as they will fetch sure-shot marks. Once prioritized, take action on them. Decide. Do. Develop.
  3. Take Notes: Numerous studies have indicated that writing is very effective tool when it comes to memorizing. In fact, there are 70% more chances that you will remember something if you write it down. So make it a habit to write or underline what you feel is important or something that needs your attention.
  4. Eat Healthy: Diet is another important aspect of this routine. By dieting we don’t mean to skip meals, but dieting means having a well-balanced diet. Eating on time and eating the right things provides nutrition your body and brain needs to stay healthy and maintain energy at the highest level
  5. Ask for help: If you are having difficulty or are stuck with some concepts don’t hesitate to ask for help. Contact your classmates, seniors or teachers who can guide you and give you clarity so that you are not stuck. You can also join online classes in Mumbai or other areas that are available for free or at a reasonable cost per class. If online courses are not your cup of tea, try hiring a home tutor or private tutor who can give you one-on-one guidance.

Stay home. Stay Safe. Study Well.

What is the new national education policy of India?

After nearly three decades, the HRD ministry has updated the education policy and has introduced the National education policy 2020. The changes are significant and it changes a lot of things including how schools operate, impact on marking system, tuition and ranking. Below are some of the key highlights of new education policy 2020.

1. Purpose: The policy intends to move the education system from being theoretic to learning-centered where education is more discussion-based, flexible and truly enjoyable. It focuses on building the character of the student in more meaningful and fulfilling way.

2. School education re-structuring: The schooling system has been modified the 10+2 structure (10 years of school education plus 2 years of higher secondary education) to 5+3+3=4 as shown in below figure

a. Structure of education will be reconfigured by a 5+3+3+4 design, consisting of the

i. Foundational Stage(5 Years)

Foundational stage will have two sub-parts

ü 3 years of pre-school

ü 2 years in primary school in Grades 1st & 2nd

ii. Preparatory Stage for Grades 3rd, 4th& 5th

iii. Middle Stage for Grades 6th, 7th& 8th

iv. Secondary Stage for Grades 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th

2. Flexibility of course choices:As seen in many developed countries, students will now have more flexibility in choosing the course of their choice. As per the current education system, students of science can only learn subjects related to science even if he may have interest in some commerce subjects. Now students of one stream can choose to learn subjects of other stream. This can be possible by allowing students to attend subjects of different stream on alternate days giving him exposure to more subjects. Also it is now possible to switch streams i.e. if students have chosen commerce as his stream and later decide to switch to arts same can be done by giving him ‘credit score’ and passing on this credit score to the other stream.

3. Vocational: Every student between grade 6–8 will take part in vocational crafts like metal work, carpentry, gardening, pottery. “Bagless days” will also be introduced where students will go to school without bags during certain days of a month/year and will learn these vocational subjects.

4. Exams: Board exams for 10th and 12th will be continued but the existing system will be reformed to reduce the need to undertake coaching classes. Students will now be allowed to take board exams two times, one main exam and one for improvement (optional). Board exams will focus on objective type and multiple choice questions rather than on lengthy answers. Students will take examination in standard 3rd, 5th & 8th (along with board exams of 10th & 12th standard.)

5. Focus on Art, Sport and Experiential learning: Subjects related to art & culture will be introduced. Sports activities will be given more importance to teach students skill like collaboration, teamwork, discipline, responsibility etc.

This article will be updated to include more clarity related to changes in other areas of education (online and offline education). So stay tuned and visit Uniqorn Home Tuition on website