It’s often said that the greatest investment you can make is in your future, and with good reason – because despite the fact that the instant buzz that comes with splurging on an expensive supercar or a brand new designer handbag has an allure that’s hard to ignore, it’s one that wears off quickly. Education, on the other hand, is something that will last a lifetime, and has the power to set anyone up for decades of success and financial abundance. So, if you’re looking to treat your child to something truly special this year, then why not invest in their learning?
Over the past two years, many children have seen their education suffer as they were forced to replace face-to-face learning in schools with parent-led home schooling, which many mothers and fathers had little time to deliver given full time jobs and other commitments taking up the lion’s share of their time. But for others, the opportunity to try out a different way of learning has proved to be a revelation, with some families who instead opted to employ private online tutors for their offspring reporting that their children had, in fact, blossomed thanks to the tailored one-on-one attention they were receiving and without the constant distractions from other classmates.
Despite the fact that the world has largely returned to normal at this point, with most children now back at school, it’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that a number of affluent families have opted to retain their children’s private physics tutors, maths teachers and the like and and have their offspring continue to learn remotely. Services like GoStudent – a digital learning platform that offers individualised, paid courses for 30 plus school subjects – have reported a surge in the number of bookings since March 2020, with student numbers remaining high ever since. GoStudent, with 20,000 tutors on its books, is continuing to facilitate more than 1.5 million private lessons across the globe, each and every month – proof, if we needed it, that demand remains strong.
And note, we say globally – because this remote style of learning lends itself perfectly to students who find themselves perpetually on the move. For those with parents who travel a great deal for work or tend to move between homes and holiday homes throughout the year, it offers the perfect set up, with no disruption to children’s education should they need to jet off somewhere at a moment’s notice.
With tutors who are themselves located around the world, there is always a professional available to deliver well-thought out classes in line with the local time zone, making having to skip school, or only travel in the school holidays, a thing of the past. For parents who want to give their children life experience as well as an excellent education, it’s a great solution, and allows families to roam the globe together, immersing themselves in new countries and cultures, alongside studying for their SATs, physics GCSE or English A-Level at the same time.
With a variety of carefully selected and highly qualified tutors available to choose from via services like GoStudent, finding the right match for your child is easy, with professionals able to cater to all age groups and educational levels, and every tutor fully DBS checked for parents’ peace of mind. The experience is fully personalised to ensure that each child is suitably supported according to their own unique set of needs – which is a far cry from the blanket approach that is often taken in real-life school classrooms, and that can leave some children feeling overwhelmed or unfulfilled.
The fact that all lessons and schedules can, nowadays, be organised online in just a few minutes, is undoubtedly another big bonus for busy parents. And while for some children, learning remotely with an online tutor has fully replaced their previous set-up, for others, it’s a great supplementary investment to help them stay on track. The pandemic brought with it much educational disruption and many cancelled or postponed exams, leaving whole swathes of youngsters lagging behind or feeling confused. In such cases, private tutors are helping ensure they are able to quickly and comfortably get back up to speed, as well as helping those in need of additional support to understand complicated topics their teachers might not have time to deliver in school.
Conversely, it is sometimes gifted children who can benefit the most from online tutoring. Some are simply not given the opportunity to reach their full potential in school and can quickly find themselves feeling bored or uninspired when the subject matter they’re studying feels too easy. And boredom can soon lead to inattention, which in turn, can see them start to fall behind.
As the world continues to move well and truly into the digital age, it isn’t all that surprising to see education follow suit – but it certainly seems that the pandemic has not only accelerated the process, but highlighted many of the benefits that were previously dismissed by parents. Today, it is finally being seen for what it is – and that is an opportunity for children to excel academically, no matter what their living situation and lifestyle happens to be or where they are at any given time.