To understand the differences between different online tutors, imagine how an online tutor teaches. Consider a student’s English reasoning problem as a maze.

One online tutor possibly will drive the student to make it through the maze as quickly and safely as possible in order to get literacy answers – the same way mice rush through for a piece of cheese. This person would look for the simplest, most straightforward meaning of words, phrases and language devices then take it. In fact, the student learns to rush answers, he might just take the easiest meanings and answer the question exactly as it has been inferred by the majority.

That approach, will indeed get him marks and get a pass. But the solution that arises from the process is likely to be rushed and will not acquire the deeper meaning expected for a top grade in English language.

Online tutors that teach in this way do not provide new insights about how these words can be inferred or reveal new ways of looking how language devices are used. The unimaginative solution probably won’t move the child to a higher grade.

An expert online tutor might have a different approach to the study of English language. She might actually train the pupil to find and play with the deeper meaning of words around the different paths – the challenge and exploration itself – fun and intriguing. Obviously, this route will time, because any word – any truly complex English word or phrase – has many more meanings in the context of the text.

When asked what makes the difference between top grade students and those who are less able, Janet Briggs, one of our online tutor said, “The labour-of-love aspect is important for English language study. The unspoken factor is love. The reason why anyone can perform well if you develop the love for learning of the subject of study rather than just simply looking at explicit straightforward meaning of words and phrases”.