Independence is an integral part of university life. For many learners, it's their first time navigating an educational experience entirely on their own. It's important to remember, however, that you can be independent without being alone.
At University of the Cumberlands, we are proud of the student support services we offer, including online tutoring and homework assistance. Don't be afraid to ask for help — these resources are available to help you succeed!
What Should I Know About Online Tutoring?
Online tutoring allows students to connect virtually with an individual who can provide them with more insight, information and support about a given subject. While once considered to be the exception in the tutoring field, online tutoring services are quickly becoming the norm at college campuses around the country. Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, online tutoring has become more accessible and reliable than ever before.
Why Online Tutoring Is the Best
Online tutoring is considered the preferred option by many students because it offers:
- An affordable fee structure. The costs for online tutoring will vary based on the service you use, the individual tutor you employ and the subject in which you require assistance. However, the website notes that online tutoring fees are generally lower because no transportation costs are associated with the service.
- Flexible options. You may find it easier to schedule times to work virtually with an online tutor than it would be to secure an in-person meeting.
- Access to a broader range of experts in different fields. By connecting with a tutor virtually, you are not limited by distance. You can find a tutor who is uniquely qualified to help you accomplish your targeted goals.
How Can I Get Tutoring?
If you feel you need tutoring, you can receive support by:
- Contact your university’s student services or support department. At University of the Cumberlands, for example, we direct students to The Learning Commons, where they can participate in workshops, receive one-on-one tutoring and join study groups.
- Researching online tutoring services. According to the Fordham Institute, several online tutoring services are available, including Tutor.com.
Figure Out How You Learn
In addition to seeking out study support and assistance from a tutor, you can also improve your grades and overall results by making an effort to discover what type of learner you are.
According to Teaching Channel, there are four main types of learners:
If you find it easiest to understand information when it’s presented in graph form, or you like to see data in the form of an infographic, then you may be a visual learner. Visual learners prefer when information is presented in shapes or patterns rather than through words.
If you like to be in a large lecture hall listening to a presentation rather than sitting through a slide deck, you might be an auditory learner. Auditory learners retain information better when it is presented to them through the spoken word.
If your preferred study method is reading over the text and writing down notes, chances are you are a reading learner. Reading learners thrive when information is presented through the written word.
If hands-on learning has always allowed you to better connect what you are studying to how it applies in the real world, then you are probably a kinesthetic learner. These are hands-on learners who prefer using manipulatives (like objects and models) and other materials to best understand the concepts.
Online tutoring is gaining popularity, largely because it is considered a more affordable and flexible option for students. The ease of online tutoring is one of its most significant benefits, but there are some drawbacks to consider. For instance, online tutoring is only effective if you are able to learn in a virtual environment. For some students, the distractions of remote learning can prevent their online tutoring sessions from being optimally effective.
The key to successfully learning online with a tutor is to create a designated study space that is quiet, clean and organized, as this will allow you to focus entirely on your tutoring session.
Matched With Tutor.com
Tutor.com is one of the most successful and reliable online tutoring services — and the preferred service of University of the Cumberlands. Through Tutor.com, you are matched with an expert tutor in your chosen subject area. With more than 3,000 tutors available covering more than 250 subjects, there is a tutor for every student who needs support.
In-person tutoring is also available for students who prefer hands-on learning and require the support of physical learning materials. There are several advantages to working with an in-person tutor, such as forming a connection with your tutor, better interpreting their body language, and enjoying a more personalized learning experience. However, in-person tutoring sessions can sometimes be more difficult to schedule, due to the logistical issues associated with meeting in person. They can be a more expensive option for students, too.
What Should I Look for in a Good Tutor?
Whether you opt for online tutoring services or in-person tutoring, you should look for a tutor with the following qualifications:
- Expertise in your chosen subject area. A tutor is someone who should be able to provide you with in-depth support, so they should ideally be an expert in the area where you are struggling.
- Willingness to collaborate with you and accommodate your learning style. Ultimately, your tutor needs to be able to present the content to you in a way you will best understand.
- Motivation to help you reach your goals. Your tutor should feel excited about helping you succeed and be your biggest cheerleader along the way.
Look for Peer Support Groups
As well as one-on-one tutoring, you can gain additional support through learning groups on campus. These are a few ways you can find a support group that works for you:
Meet With Classmates
Connect with others who are enrolled in the same course as you, and plan a meet-up outside of class at a university commons area, such as the Learning Commons. These informal gatherings can help you bond with classmates and offer additional support as you all work to complete the requirements for the course.
Find Someone Who Did Well in the Class Previously
If you are struggling and looking for assistance in how to succeed in one particular class, ask the professor to help you connect with a student who did well in that same class. As a peer who has already completed the course and understands how to best maneuver through the assignments, they can provide you with actionable, personalized tips and advice for your circumstances.
Enjoy Comprehensive Student Learning Support at University of the Cumberlands
Don’t let your grades suffer from not knowing where to get help. Learn more about all the tutoring options at University of the Cumberlands.