Analysis February 2021: Brave new educational world?


The recent normalisation of virtual learning has raised the profile of subscription-based online instrumental tuition – but it’s still no substitute for one-to-one teaching. By Harry White

In these dark times of Covid-19, students and teachers alike have been looking at the possibilities afforded by virtual tuition. This has mostly taken the form of one-to-one string lessons via platforms such as Skype, but a few teachers have also taken to creating their own video content that anyone can download or stream, to reach the largest possible number of potential students without even needing to see them in person. But are these online tuition packages really feasible as a profit-making enterprise? And how different for pupils is the experience from real face-to-face learning?

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