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Tutor vs. Computer Tutor: Does Math Tutoring Software Really Work?

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Feb 1, 2017 2:59:17 PM

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Math class can be a source of anxiety for students and parents alike. As the school year progresses, many are looking for ways to stay on track. How you can help your young learner build confidence and start acing math tests? The answer, time and again, has been tutoring.

Tutoring Is Effective.

Because math builds on itself, early interventions are often necessary to prevent students from falling behind. Tutoring may bridge the gap between where a student is academically, and where she needs to be.

Consider the work of Benjamin S. Bloom, who wrote that “the average tutored student was above 98 percent” of the other students in the control class, as noted in his influential academic paper, The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring.

A study conducted by a University of Chicago Urban Education Lab supports Bloom’s claims, demonstrating that high school students who were at risk of dropping out of school performed much better on math tests after receiving intensive tutoring. According to the researchers, "The program's benefits were equivalent to closing nearly ⅔ of the average gap in math test scores between white and black students."

One-On-One Tutoring is Expensive and Time-Consuming.

These studies suggest that one-on-one tutoring services are a great resource for students, particularly those who are struggling in math. However, for tutoring to produce the desired results, it has to be done correctly.

The Office of the Deputy Secretary of Education outlines the makings of an effective program, setting parameters detailing items like how much time should be dedicated to tutoring (10-60 minutes a day), how progress should be monitored, how sessions should be structured and more.

Tutoring, however, can be cost-prohibitive for families on a budget. One-on-one tutoring, whether it's in person or online, can range in average cost from $30 to $150 an hour. To make matters even more difficult, the effectiveness, safety, convenience and customization of one-on-one tutoring sessions vary dramatically. Those pricy sessions may not even produce results.

Tutoring Software: An Answer for Effective and Personalized Tutoring.

There is an easy alternative to expensive and time-consuming tutoring sessions. Today's tutoring software is designed to complement the instruction that your child receives in the classroom, providing them with the extra practice and direction they need to stay on track.

Thanks to advances in technology, math tutoring software can adapt to your child's challenges and strengths, creating a customized plan that will meet their unique needs.

“(Researchers) have identified hundreds of subtle facets of learning, all of which can be managed and implemented by sophisticated software,” Annie Murphy of The New York Times writes.

Tutoring software isn't just convenient; it actually works. A study conducted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that more than 70 percent of students using math tutoring software were actively engaged and 82 percent of the students stayed on task, proving that the software can be effective in increasing a child's engagement with the material.

The 2016 Digital Study Trends: Student Habits Report published by McGraw-Hill also showcased positive results. Of the students surveyed, 84 percent felt that using technology improved the quality of their education, and 81% percent said that digital learning technology allowed them to work more efficiently. Four out of five students said that digital learning technology helps to improve their grades.

Students Report That Tutoring Software Helps Them Learn.

While math tutoring software can yield great results, it's important to note that not all software is created equal.

The McGraw-Hill 2016 Digital Study Trends: Student Habits Report outlines what students are looking for in their tutoring software. Nearly nine out of ten students say that digital learning technology should conform and adapt to their unique study methods. Sixty-nine percent of students report that tutoring software helps them to retain information, and 79 percent say that adaptive technology helps them understand the concepts with which they struggle.

LearnBop Gets Results.

LearnBop uses cutting-edge technology to help students grasp challenging math concepts and give them the advantage that they need for success. Students who use LearnBop show up to 66 percent more growth on their math performance over the traditional classroom experience; in fact, by using this program, the average student can master math concepts in as quickly as one week.

LearnBop’s math tutoring software offers flexibility for students and families, allowing them to maintain their mobility while identifying and closing knowledge gaps with step-by-step help.

LearnBop can also cost as little as $14.95 a month, potentially saving your family hundreds of dollars each month.

For many students, LearnBop has been an effective tool in improving math test scores and building confidence. Learn more about LearnBop Today!


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