Online learning has grown in popularity over the years. Ninety per cent of my lessons are conducted online via Skype and FaceTime. Apps such as Google Classroom and Docs have also made online learning more efficient, reliable and organised. And now with COVID-19, there’s no better time than ever to have online lessons.
Over the country, and over the world, universities, colleges and schools are beginning to close their doors for fear of COVID-19 contagion. As it stands the virus has infected approx. 337, 042 people worldwide, with 14, 641 deaths. As of the 22nd March 2020, there have been 1,098 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. The lockdowns are believed to be the only way to contain the spread of the virus.
“We’re in this because public health experts believe social distancing is the best way to prevent a truly horrific crisis.” — Brian Resnick, Vox
How long will this last? Nobody knows. There are talks that this lockdown may last anywhere from several months to a year. It’s a horrible state of affairs. However, as the world begins to close its doors, it’s important to remember that there are certain non-negotiables that need to continue, no matter how long we are in this for. Education is one of those non-negotiables, and while it may seem like a luxury at times (learning for learning sakes) it isn’t far behind your basic necessities: food, water, sleep, shelter. But it’s surely not that important, right?
The problem is, when a student’s learning ceases for a period of time, that student risks falling behind when exams pick back up. And they will pick back up; life will eventually resume to normal and this virus will not last — they are already testing the first human clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine. However, National Institutes of Health experts have indicated that it may take at least a year to 18 months “to determine whether a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is safe and effective.”
“The main message that isn’t getting across to a lot of people is just how long we might be in this for.” — Adam Kucharski, author of The Rules of Contagion
During this lockdown stage, it’s important for parents and students to encourage and continue online lessons, as to not allow students to fall behind. I’ve already witnessed amazing support from fellow teachers and lecturers at Swinburne University, and local schools are also supplying parents with online curriculum advice, including ongoing tuition with professional tutors.
Therefore, rather than stopping your studies, or ceasing your child’s learning, consider online learning as a way of bridging the gap during this societal lockdown. As for my own online teaching approach, I have been tutoring for many years online using several methods – Skype, Google Classroom and Google Docs, and Zoom for group lessons. So rather than hitting the panic button, remember that there is online educational support, and I am one of many professional, experienced tutors offering online lessons.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me today about online lessons. I tutor school students in VCE and General English, and adult professionals in Pronunciation, Writing and Grammar, including IELTS and PTE preparation.