Online Tutoring: New Way India Learns
The year was 2007. Private tutors slogging all day to reach the homes of their students or vice versa was a common tale told in every household. Fast-forward to a decade later when India lives, sleeps and breathes online, E-tutoring seems to be the way to go for young India. India can now learn or teach from the comfort of their homes.
Globalization of the 90s brought with it it’s biggest impact, the internet. The World Wide Web has revolutionized the way people work, expand their knowledge base and bring cultures together right at the click of your index finger. While Digital India is still to realize and maximize to its fullest potential, online tutoring seems to be the newest wave that has been creating ripples in the Indian digital scene. Gone are the days when private tutors would be travelling all day to the houses of their students. Or when students would be toiling at their tutor’s home either before or after school hours. E-tutoring is a new facet in the Indian private teaching area. But why just restrict it to the normative subjects taught in school? You can now find online tutors for a host of different services, from wanting to learn that new language that you’ve always wanted, to learning how to play the guitar; one can now find online tutors for almost everything. And while such a thing already exists in the west, India is relatively new to this development. But one search on Google presents a different story. Websites like Vedantu and BharatTutors introduce you to the world of online tutoring, connecting the student to the teacher. Online teaching certainly has its benefits; to be able to learn something yourself or teach someone right in the comfort of your own bedroom with just a few clicks, does sound like a lucrative job. Specially for young India, the college student willing to earn a few extra bucks but struggling to meet his own college deadlines and going to his students’ house to teach. Digitalizing education is certainly a revolutionary step. A Buzzfeed article from a few years back stated that India provides online tutoring for the low price of 99.99$ a month. E-tutoring has other benefits too. Specially in the rural side where travelling is not always feasible, learning online is a great way to educate the young. In fact, an app called Socratic helps one with homework on various subjects like science and maths. More and more investors are now investing in this new field of education technology with more and more ed-tech companies coming up as days go by. One significant name and certainly a pioneer in this regard is Byju’s classes founded by Byju Raveendran. Too often one has seen adverts of it popping up on one’s Youtube screen. And while finding tutors this way is easier online, to make a fair assessment it’s also important to look at its cons. The absence of the tutor being physically present with the student can lead to students not taking the tutoring seriously for it is easier to avoid a virtual tutor by logging off from your computer or app than it is in real life.
Thus, while India has taken a bold step in the path of educational development, would this suffice or be able to successfully replace the existing paradigm is a thing you and I would have to wait and watch.