As EdTech continues to shape the future of learning, 44% will continue to invest in online tutoring for their children post-pandemic.
Combating the Mass Disruption To Education
Entering its third year, the pandemic has caused mass disruption to educational systems across the globe. Schools were forced to shut, living rooms were turned into classrooms and traditional means of learning shifted online. As a result, the EdTech sector in the UK grew by 72% in 2020, surpassing the global average by nearly four times, data by Robert Walters unveils. Now, as COVID-19 has been a major catalyst for innovation within education, the EdTech sector – which reached a valuation of £3.4 billion in 2021- is predicted to continue shaping the future of learning in 2022.MyTutor has commissioned a nationally representative study evaluating the drivers behind this de-stigmatisation. The new data has found that now, almost half of the nation are more likely to share and discuss their child’s experience of private tutoring with others, with 44% agreeing that they will continue to invest in online tutoring post-pandemic. Furthermore, almost a third of the country agree that pre-pandemic they would never publicly discuss using private tutoring as they worried it might make their child appear less intelligent, but now they no longer feel this is the case. This is in stark contrast to previous national data commissioned by MyTutor pre-pandemic which revealed that a third of parents who hired a tutor to help their child with their school work kept it a secret, with one in four confessing that if directly asked about it, they would rather lie than admit to doing so.What was once seen as a premium resource for parents, private tutoring has become an accessible support structure to aid one of the most challenging periods in academic history.
What are the Benefits of Private Tutoring?
Bertie Hubbard, co-founder of EdTech platform MyTutor, discusses the impact which the pandemic has had on the mental well-being of young people across the nation: “The last three years have been unbelievably tough on teens and parents alike with months out of school, exam cancellations, not seeing friends and worrying about Covid-19. As schools open again, catching up on lost learning and prepping for assessed work this term will bring another set of challenges for teens. They’re in more need than ever for some support and reassurance with their studies, and that’s exactly what our tutors offer. Our tutors are all from UK universities, and because they’re just a few years older they can easily relate to what teens are going through. With their dedicated one-to-one support, teens get some much-needed reassurance and come out with a stronger self-belief – 88% say that lessons made them feel more confident. Rather than replacing teachers with robots, the biggest power of EdTech lies in enhancing person-to-person learning. At MyTutor, we provide online tuition that raises kids’ grades, boosts confidence and helps them fulfil their potential in life. Because it’s online, kids get access to amazing tutors from across the country, rather than whoever’s nearby. As there’s no travel for the student or the tutors, it also saves time and money travelling – reducing the cost and stress involved for parents.”The benefits of private tutoring are two-fold: alongside providing educational support, the one-on-one personal interaction offers pastoral support which ensures they are no longer lost in a sea of faces on a zoom call. Having a personalised education that is specific to learning style along with external influences such as age and geographical location has immense benefits. This familiarity also became ever more valuable as lockdown attributed to poor mental health and isolation of children who missed their school friends and interaction with their teachers.