Homeschooling – or home education – is an alternative form of education, which offers many benefits to students and their development during, arguably, the most important years of their lives. Homeschooling was the education of choice for royal and affluent families from antiquity up to early days of the modern era. In 2016 there were about 2.3 million home-schooled students in the United States alone. Home-education is not only the fastest-growing form of education in the United States, but it is also growing rapidly around the world in many other countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.
Here are some of the many benefits of homeschooling via online tutoring with AGF Tutoring:
- A first-class education and smarter students
The overriding goal of homeschooling with AGF Tutoring is to provide a top-notch holistic education that will put the young students in good stead for their future studies. Homeschooling has been proven to be one of the very best ways to educate a child, as evinced by the substantially higher scores and grades attained by homeschoolers in national and international examinations.
- Homeschoolers are becoming increasingly sought-after for higher education
Many colleges and universities all over the world have begun to modify their admission practices to not only allow for, but to actively encourage homeschoolers to apply for admission.
- Dedicated, passionate tutors with a great tutor-to-student ratio
One factor that is known to be extremely important to educating a student effectively is the teacher-to-student ratio-that is, the number of students for which a tutor is responsible. It cannot get better than one-on-one tutoring as offered by AGF Tutoring from great tutors with impressive track records.
- Degree of connection present between tutor and student and the amount of dedication a tutor has to a specific child
Homeschooling excels in both these areas.
- Education tailored to the student’s capabilities and personality
Because homeschooling is focused on students as individuals, a student’s education can be tailored to his or her capabilities and personality. If a student excels in a specific area, his or her education in that area can be accelerated. If a student struggles in a particular area, additional resources can be brought to bear to help. Also, the way students are taught can be based on how the student best learns because of the student’s personality. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for a child’s education to be designed just for that child with the appropriate tutorials at the right time and pace.
- Most efficient use of time; more time to sleep, play and be healthier
Homeschooling via AGF Tutoring ensures the most efficient use of time, something that institutional schools cannot do. The use of time in homeschooling is driven by educational and other goals for that specific student rather than by a rigid, pre-set schedule. There is no wasting of time with administrative, travelling to and from school, and other non-productive activities. In short, homeschoolers can accomplish much more learning in less time than those being educated in institutional schools. That means they can sleep longer hours, spend more time playing and so be fitter and healthier, both mentally and physically, guaranteeing all-round better performance.
- Nurturing close family relationships
Homeschooling allows families to spend lots more time together, a very important factor to consider in this day and age. Simple things such as eating meals together and going out on trips are facilitated by the flexibility of homeschooling via online tutoring. This intimate involvement fosters close relationships between parents and children and between siblings and, in turn, a better psychological environment in which for the student to enjoy education and to excel under the most favourable circumstances.
- More opportunities for students to learn, think, and act independently
Students who are homeschooled learn to work, act, and think more independently. Because they do not live under the constant social and schedule pressure that is part and parcel of an institutional education, homeschoolers naturally become people who evaluate life and make choices based on their own decision making rather than what is expected by a particular social group or organization. Homeschooled children also learn independently; this helps integrate learning into the student’s life so that they do not construe learning as something that is only done in a certain place and at a certain time, but rather something that is done throughout life.
- Greater life flexibility and freedom for students and their families
Homeschooling is ultimately designed and controlled by parents. This provides enormous flexibility for a family’s life. Homeschooled families are not limited to living according to an institution’s schedule but are free to plan and live life as they see fit.
- More influence by adults, less by peers
Young impressionable students can be best helped toward maturity by those who are already mature. Unlike institutional schools in which children are mostly influenced by other students of the same age and “immaturity” level in largely unsupervised environments, in homeschooling, parents and other adults have a much greater influence over a student’s maturation process. Peer pressure, which is widely blamed for so many of the problems students experience, is a very minor or non-existent factor in homeschooled students’ lives. Instead of peer pressure being a driving force, parent and family influence becomes a primary influence on how students develop; this has to be a very good thing.
- More opportunities for more experiences
Homeschooled students can enjoy much greater variety and depth of experiences than can institutionally educated children. Homeschooling can afford the opportunity of all sorts of trips that are not limited to a specific amount of time and that are not burdened by the logistical problems of involving large numbers of students in an activity at the same time. Other experiences that are very valuable to students’ development include service work, part-time jobs, home projects, and others, which become a natural part of the homeschooling experience. Homeschoolers learn by doing and experience much more than those being educated in institutional schools. They have more opportunities to apply what they learn to real life and to benefit from the experience that it provides (experience is the best teacher, homeschoolers get more experience).
- More opportunity for physical activity
Homeschooled children have the opportunity for lots of physical activity. From exercise to sports to playing outside to performing household chores, homeschooled children can be physically active throughout the day. This is in stark contrast to institutional settings in which children are trained (or forced) to lead largely sedentary lives. If the student is a budding young athlete then the opportunity becomes even more evident: the student can organise his tutoring around his or her training program and competitions, maximising both academic and athletic performance.
- Safer emotional, moral, and physical environments
Because homeschooling is family-based and takes place to a significant extent in environments that are controlled or influenced by parents, homeschoolers enjoy protection from many of the problems of institutional environments. This protects children when they are most vulnerable and gives them a secure foundation that prepares them to handle the challenges of life such as when they approach college or university or begin working.
- Better integration of all aspects of life including the spiritual, physical, and emotional elements
Because homeschooling is managed by parents and families, important aspects of life can be integrated into a child’s development. Being unfettered by government regulations, homeschooling can include important spiritual and religious teaching and training along with academic subjects. Additionally, homeschooling can incorporate service and volunteer work to help children have a broader perspective of life. In homeschooling, all the elements of life can be integrated into a child’s development.
- Integrated and consistent education
Because a homeschooled student’s education is managed by the same people over an extended period of time, that education can be consistent with a long-term plan in which each topic taught and the experience gained benefits seamlessly with those that have come before. Because the parent is intimately involved with the student in the online process with AGF Tutoring, the parent naturally understands the child’s experiences and background and uses that knowledge to design future educational activities.