Depends on two factors – 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.
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 which is walking distance from your home makes the logistics significantly easier to manage. Else, you may have to opt for online classes.
Online vs offline (center-based classes) – The student-teacher interaction varies
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.
In an online class, when a teacher is present, students have to log-in as per schedule. This discipline ensures 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.
(link to the article on Understanding the Cuemath Method)
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.
Learn more about the –
- Cuemath Foundation Program – Home-based centers for KG to grade 6 here.
- Cuemath Advanced Math Program – Live online classes for grades 7 to 10 here.
- 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.