When you can’t take your own tutoring anymore: Virtual writing tutor offers ‘unprecedented’ options for kids, educators
The virtual writing tutor is now available to all students and educators across America.
The virtual teaching model was first introduced by the nonprofit nonprofit Open Stax Tutoring and is now being rolled out by many large schools across the country.
“It’s going to make our classrooms more dynamic,” said Karen Luebke, a certified virtual writing instructor at New Orleans Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest school districts.
The model offers students who want to take tutoring courses online from the comfort of their homes.
Instead of sitting in classrooms, they can access tutoring classes remotely.
“This has changed how we’re teaching our students and it’s changed how our students can learn,” said Stephanie Brown, an instructor with the nonprofit OpenStax.
In many ways, the virtual writing model offers many of the same benefits as traditional instruction, but instead of sitting down in classrooms to write essays, students can access the tutoring online.
Students who want a personalized approach to their writing can use a wide variety of tools to help them.
They can access interactive learning resources, or choose to take on a course that includes an online video tutoring session, or even a written exam.
The content is customized for the individual student, and the tutor can work with the student directly or by connecting with an expert teacher.
“We don’t just teach you how to write.
We teach you what you need to write and the skills that you need,” said Lisa Johnson, a teacher with the National Association of Secondary School Teachers.
Johnson said the model is becoming increasingly popular among schools, but she still has concerns about the costs of the new system.
The online model has also drawn criticism from teachers unions, who say it’s not a fair way to teach.
In the past, virtual writing tutoring could be done by phone or tablet, and students would often go home to watch a video, or watch a recording of their tutoring sessions.
But Johnson said the online model is a lot cheaper than traditional online classes.
The cost per hour is less than the cost of a full-time teaching job, and there’s a small learning curve, she said.
While she thinks the online models offer a better experience for teachers, she worries the virtual teaching approach is not well suited to a young audience, including young adults and college students.
Johnson says the virtual tutoring model is an opportunity for teachers to teach students from a different point of view, and that she’s excited to work with a lot of different teachers.
“You can see how the students can take on their own project, or they can take one of their own classes,” Johnson said.
“This is the next level of learning.”
The online models are not limited to traditional teaching.
Teachers and students can now take online courses on topics like history and social studies, as well as computer science and math.
They also can use video tutors to take lessons on other topics, like math and English.
Johnson’s virtual tutors are not only available to teachers, but also to students and their parents, too.
She said the learning process can be challenging for parents, as they have to navigate the online system.
“I don’t want my students to be frustrated.
They’re going to have to learn this stuff in a very different way than they did the traditional way,” Johnson told ABC News.
“I want them to be able to navigate that process.”
As part of the virtual tutor model, students also have the option to take online classes with a certified teacher.
Luecke said that certification is not a requirement for these virtual tutored classes.
“There are people who go online for that, and we have to work to find people who want that certification, but it’s a very simple process,” Luegke said.
Luecker said there are many benefits to using a virtual writing teacher, including the fact that students who take online tutoring don’t have to sit down in front of a computer.
“There’s no computer,” Lute said.