Why Is Online Tutoring Booming? Part 2

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There are several reasons why math tutoring is growing worldwide:

The rise in math tutoring enrollment coincides with a decline in math scores on standardized tests.  In Ontario, Canada, only half of the province’s grade 6 students met the provincial standards for math in the 2016-2017 academic year, down seven percentage points from 2013.  Even grade 3 students’ test results dropped five percentage points over two years.  


Parents are frustrated with “the new math”.  Parents complain that, “They are not teaching math the same way that we used to be taught” and say that their child has a bad teacher or doesn’t get along with their teachers.  The intergenerational effects of parents’ math anxiety on their children has been well documented.  When parents who are more anxious helped their children with math homework, the child’s learning was negatively affected.


While some students need the extra remedial hours just to pass, an “increasing number of parents” want their child to have math tutoring so they can get an advantage over their classmates in the race to be accepted to a good university.  Some parents look at academic tutoring as the cheaper alternative to a private school which could cost $30,000 tuition per year. 


There is also a cultural shift occurring in Canada.  For example, Middle Eastern, Asian and Indian immigrants place a high value on education and often tutoring is viewed as “an extension of the school day”. 


STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) careers are on the rise and qualified baby boomers are entering their retirement years.



Why is ONLINE math tutoring growing?

IBISWorld reports that because online tutoring creates more personalized instruction and flexible schedules, it is anticipated to grow strongly over the next five years (2019-2023).  Supply industries that make technology available to many people are growing at a fast pace.  More computer stores, database services, storage & backup, software publishing and, internet service providers all contribute to the growth of online tutoring.  


The global market for anywhere, anytime and any device e-learning is driven by the growing global desire for knowledge.  The ability to learn, gain knowledge, provides developing countries with greater abilities to develop economically. In other words, developing countries can raise their standard of living when they improve the education


 Peter Goffin, The Star, Math Tutoring Industry Gets a Boost As Ontario Schools’ Test Scores Slump”, December 13, 2017.

 Rebecca Eckler, The New Tutor Dynasty, Macleans, April 2015. 12

 Huffington Post, Parents, Ontario Sees Rapid Growth in After-School Private Tutoring, December 12, 2017.

 IBISWorld, Industry Report OD6038, Online Tutoring Services in the US, February 2019.

 Strategyr.com, Blog: Market Research Report Collections – Global Industry Analysts Inc., December 4, 2018.

 Holon IQ, Everything You Need To Know About the Global Technology Market in Ten Charts, January 2019

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