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Online Vs Offline Math Classes. Which is better?

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24th November, 2020

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Introduction

As innovation has grown, so too has the manner in which we learn new abilities. Nowadays, due to pandemic many private and government schools have started online education due to the school being closed. In addition to completing the course, the doubts are also being cleared online.

Before these situations arrived it was always a big-time debate regarding which is better online classes or offline classes and now that almost all schools and colleges are using online modes for teaching, there are many points of view regarding the same, positive as well as negative.

The main difference between online and offline learning is location. With offline learning, participants are required to travel to the training location, typically a lecture hall, college or classroom.

With online learning, on the other hand, the training can be conducted from practically anywhere in the world. Participants simply need to log on to the internet from their home, work or even their local coffee shop. 

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What are the factors which depend on Online classes vs Offline classes?

It depends on two factors:

1. The child’s age and learning independence

Without understanding the specific needs of a child, it is difficult to say whether online math classes are better or offline math centers are better. The choice comes down to two main factors – age and learning independence as we discuss below.

a child attending online classes and interacting with teacher

For children aged 4 to 16 (KG to grade 10), a teacher is always needed. These are the foundational years. New topics are introduced. Children will have questions and doubts. Best learning outcomes are achieved only if these questions and doubts are resolved immediately by a teacher.

  • 4 to 12 years old children require a lot more in-person attention and support. Often they won’t voluntarily sit and learn for more than a few minutes. So an in-person teacher is needed to encourage and motivate children. The teacher’s role is to drive effort. Offline center-based classes work best for such children.
  • Around age 13, children can learn independently. They understand the seriousness of studies and can stick to a schedule that has been defined for them. So these children can log in and connect with the best teachers online.

After this, other factors need to be considered. Center-based classes often require parents to make pick-up and drop arrangements. Having a center that is walking distance from your home makes the logistics significantly easier to manage. Else, you may have to opt for online classes.

2. The student-teacher interaction variation

Regardless of your choice between online vs offline center-based math classes, the presence of a teacher is very important for children between 4 and 16 years of age. Any learning system that does away with a teacher for this age group is simply ineffective. The student-teacher relationship is a strong indicator of student learning outcomes.

In a center-based math class, the teacher’s presence helps children concentrate and work for a longer duration. Most 4 to 12-year-olds left to themselves will not opt to study. Thus the teacher’s role is to make the class engaging and encourage children to put in the effort. At this age, children must do hands-on activities to learn well. The presence of a teacher again helps facilitate such learning activities.

offline classes- teachers interacting with students in classroom

In an online class, when a teacher is present, students have to log-in as per schedule. This discipline ensures the regularity of learning. However, if the teacher gives a presentation or lectures, then the learning is not effective as students become passive. Thus an online program must also require students to learn by reasoning, and work on math problems by themselves with a teacher monitoring their progress.

Regardless of offline vs online, Math must be learned by reasoning- Learning math the right way from an early age is important.

  • Math must be learned by reasoning, doing and discovering.
  • The teacher needs to be a coach and mentor helping students out, but not giving the answers away.
  • Children must not feel like they are being judged if they make a mistake.

That’s what the Cuemath Method ensures. You can read more about the Cuemath Method in the link below:

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Furthermore, at Cuemath we understand each child and build a personalized learning plan.

  • If the student is well ahead of grade, they’ll move quickly through the topics, do advanced problems and move to the next grade!
  • If we sense that a student has learning gaps from some previous topics, we first work on those and then proceed. This is what allows us to consistently deliver learning outcomes.


Conclusion

  • The choice between online and offline math classes depends on your child’s age and learning independence.
  • For 4 to 12-year-olds, offline center-based classes are best suited as teachers can drive the effort to ensure learning outcomes.
  • From about age 13, online classes can work better since children understand the seriousness of studies and can log in themselves. They allow them to connect with the best math teachers worldwide.
  • For ages 4 to 16, regardless of the mode of math classes, the presence of a teacher is necessary.
  • At the same time, children must learn math by reasoning and by being actively involved. Learning via videos, presentations or lectures at this age is simply ineffective.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to start online classes?

Step 1: To start online classes define your training goals.

Step 2: Outline your online classes.

Step 3: Build your online course content.

Step 4: Engage your target learners.

Step 5: Measure the engagement metrics.

How to teach online classes

1.Plan Your Classes. Your students are not physically in front of you.  

2.Prepare And Master Technology. Teaching online requires a certain technical finesse, if you will.

3.Set Up An Adequate Working Environment. 

4.Innovate And Stimulate Discussions. 

5.Communicate Regularly. 

6.Motivate Your Students. 

7.Ask For Help And Feedback.

Can online classes substitute offline classes?

Not really – because both have their unique characteristics that make them worthwhile. People will learn to use the two together. However, when it comes to the debate of one over the other specifically for college education, the truth is that online learning can never really replace an in-campus experience.


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