Impact of Online Tutoring On Retention and Remediation Issues

A report was made on how online tutoring can change issues related to remediation and retention in high schools today. Tutor.com commissioned the report and it’s written by Cherie Mazer, Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The name of the report is Online Tutoring: A New Retention and Remediation Solution for Colleges.

Undergrad degree programs have seen a marked increase in student enrollment to the tune of 34% from 2000-2009. However, the students in this percentage group who’re unprepared to face the rigors of college education are incredibly high. The stats have it all: remedial courses, at least one, are needed for 60% of students joining community college. Being expensive, this sort of remediation  is not easy to regulate. Students taking it up pay full tuition for it but get no college credit in return. These remedial courses see 36% of students finishing the course itself as well as related college-level coursework in a span of two years. This last fact was published by Complete College America in Remediation: Higher Education’s Bridge to Nowhere’.

The one who wrote the report being discussed, Ms. Mazer, has brought research studies to light, ones that focus highly on the efficiency of online tutoring in high-schools. The students who were a part of this program saw themselves gleaning high content knowledge. They sought help with sincerity, could retain what they learnt with improved efficiency, and really liked virtual tutoring like this over the face-to-face approach.

When tutors teach through this virtual platform students’ retention and remediation issues are easily addressed and solved. Here’s how they do it: Students learning from a distance now have no problem retaining information learnt, which was the case before online tutoring came along, bringing with it versatility in teaching methods and appeal. Electronic systems like this have low-performers come forward because they’re no longer embarrassed to learn, which was the case when they had an actual tutor present before them. The ability of online tutoring to scale varied needs made high schools find ways to implement them to help more students on a daily basis.

Consider what the Black Hawk College in Illinois achieved through the application of online tutoring. They have an assorted student population and  have great need to promote encouragement, help and resources for all their students and making it available to them whenever they may need it. Their introduction of online tutoring solved this resource-viability need.

Take it from the words (paraphrased) of Kari Koster, Student Success Center’s Director at Black Hawk College: Most of the students studying at Black Hawk have the added responsibility of balancing both family and jobs. This is where online tutoring comes in and does a world of good for them. Many are not adequately prepared. 57% of them see advancement in their first remedial course. Larger retention efforts on our part through online tutoring, also adding supplemental instructions services, have seen huge strides in students’ lives. Not to forget other programs like First Year Experience program and an Early Alert System. Accessible resources in varied formats mean students can gain support and see enhanced learning.