Will AI kill a tutoring business?

AI has the potential to significantly impact the tutoring industry, but it’s unlikely to completely replace human tutors. Instead, it may augment and transform the way tutoring is conducted. Here are some factors to consider:

Personalization and Adaptability: AI can be used to create personalized learning experiences for students. It can adapt content and pace to suit an individual’s learning style and speed. This can be particularly useful for subjects like mathematics and languages.

Accessibility and Affordability: AI-driven platforms can potentially make education more accessible and affordable. This is especially relevant for students who may not have easy access to traditional tutoring services due to geographic or financial constraints.

Automation of Routine Tasks: AI can automate administrative tasks, such as scheduling, progress tracking, and assessments. This allows human tutors to focus more on the actual teaching and mentoring.

Content Delivery: AI can be used to create interactive and engaging educational content, such as simulations, virtual labs, and adaptive exercises. This can enhance the learning experience.

24/7 Availability: AI-driven tutoring platforms can operate round the clock, allowing students to get assistance whenever they need it. This can be particularly helpful for students in different time zones or those with irregular schedules.

Supplementing Human Expertise: AI can serve as a tool to assist human tutors, providing them with additional resources, data analytics, and insights about their students’ performance and learning patterns.

Emotional Intelligence and Motivation: Human tutors excel in providing emotional support, motivation, and mentorship. They can understand the unique challenges a student faces and offer encouragement in a way that AI may struggle to replicate.

Complex Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking: While AI can excel in certain types of problems, complex problem-solving and critical thinking often require human intervention. Tutors can guide students through these processes.

Ethical and Social Considerations: There are ethical and social considerations when it comes to education. Human tutors can impart values, empathy, and a deeper understanding of cultural nuances that may be challenging for AI to replicate.

While AI features and AI-run self-learning platforms have their benefits, they cannot completely replace the invaluable role of human tutors. It’s similar to how athletes use coaches and trainers but also rely on various apps for additional support. But can you name a single professional athlete who achieves success without the guidance of a coach?
However, AI can only truly benefit highly motivated individuals. For the rest of us, commitment is key! By investing in a personal tutor who is dedicated to your progress and prepares specifically for you, you are more likely to show up and make consistent strides toward your goals. You will more often show up on time and will not find another excuse. While learning alone, you can find lots of excuses. A personal tutor can also tailor their teaching methods to suit your learning style and provide the necessary motivation.

Slava Zhiradkov, Director,

Etalk Global LTD

In summary, while AI is likely to revolutionize education and tutoring, it’s more likely to be a complementary tool rather than a complete replacement for human tutors. The best outcomes will likely result from a combination of AI-driven technologies and the expertise and empathy of human educators.