All of this means that well-meaning parents can feel pressured into securing independent tutoring for their kids without necessarily knowing what they’re signing up for. The internet’s a big place, and picking out the very best that it has to offer can take up an amount of time, research, and effort that most people are unable to sacrifice – especially with Christmas just around the corner!
This is one of the many problems that we’ve worked hard to tackle with our new platform, and what follows will be a brief (but hopefully revealing) description of how. One2Ones is more than another drop in the ocean of online tutoring; we’ve built our website from the ground up to offer parents a degree of flexibility and ease-of-access that’s virtually – pun not intended – impossible to find elsewhere.
But whereas most online tutoring services expect to be taken at their word, we recognise that this is an unreasonable demand to make of parents and their kids alike. If in-person schools offer tours, open days and welcome workshops, why should their online counterparts be any different? Tutoring is all about trust, and establishing a friendly environment where kids can feel confident enough to actively participate in classes rather than silently absorb information. It’s also not enough to be able to do this once – this needs to be true of every session and class that tutees attend.
For this reason, we believe that giving kids the freedom to experiment with our platform, and get comfortable using it for sessions, is absolutely essential. This also allows the range of courses we have on offer to feel less overwhelming: we cater to all ages, so it’s important to give newcomers the chance to find the exact course, tutor, and level that’s suitable for them. Naturally parents should be involved throughout this process, so we’ve incorporated a “Message Tutor” function to facilitate communication between parent and tutor. Free time can be hard-won at this time of the year, so we understand the value of having tutors who can be easily reached!
Some tutoring services offer extensive “trial packages” that can still be time-intensive and costly, so we’ve been sure to avoid that route. Signing up to One2Ones takes only a matter of minutes, and instantly entitles any newcomers to a Free First Class or “taster” session. Tutors hosting the class will automatically be made aware of any first-time attendees, so newcomers to any course and class can be guaranteed a warm welcome! Apart from that, however, these first classes will offer genuine insight into the remainder of the course: they will be just as substantial and in-depth as the remaining sessions, and they give future tutees the best possible opportunity to familiarise themselves with the layout of our online classroom.
The huge range of courses we provide has already been mentioned, but it’s worth exploring in a little more depth. This is another aspect of One2Ones that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, and directly complements the accessibility of our Free First Classes. At their broadest, our courses cover all the essential disciplines which most students will be expected to tackle over the school day. Our tutors in Maths, English, and the three main Sciences are ready and able to help kids from all backgrounds and levels – from beginners in their first years at new schools to those looking to specialise for University level and even beyond.
What elevates our courses in these subjects above those that can be found elsewhere is that our tutors are encouraged to make use of our online platform as fully as possible. Our classes are fun and dynamic, and are often linked from week to week by recurring “themes” that tie the topics in question to everyday life. As with the best in-person classes, the subjects we teach are presented in a way that makes them feel accessible and relevant to the outside world. In this way our tutees learn life skills that they can take with them beyond the closed world of textbooks and public exams.
We also offer a rich variety of nicher and more colourful courses that do not feature in many school curricula. Many of these are skill-based: from public speaking to home cooking, One2Ones’ specialised sessions are guaranteed to get kids thinking about the world in new and exciting ways. Our “Free First Class” option is available for these courses just as it is for the more mainstream combination of Science, English Literature and Maths, so parents and pupils alike have the freedom to explore what our platform has to offer.
Overall, One2Ones’ unique and carefully thought-through platform makes it truly stand out as an online tutoring service. And with our new Free First Class system up and running, there’s no time like the present to get stuck in and try it out for yourself!