Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Ow Wen Xuan (18) 29/04

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Link to article : http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/parents-turn-apps-homework-help-20150427
Article name : Parents turn to apps for homework help
Published date : 27 April 2015


  This article is about many parents in Singapore, using social media and online apps for "online tuition" to help their children. To do so, parents simply need to snap a picture of the questions and post it on any of the groups. It has become much more convenient since they usually get the answers to their question, from other parents or private tutors, within a few hours' time. Some of the social medias used for the "online tutorings" are WhatsApp, WeChat and EduSnap. Usually, less than 50 questions were recieved daily by those platforms, while now there are almost 150 questions received a day.

  As the writer did not express his point of view, I will elaborate more on my point of view instead. Personally, i feel that there are both pros and cons to this method of helping their children with their work. Firstly, some advantages are that people will be able to share their answers and help each other at the same time. They will also be able to get the answers to the questions that they do not know in a very short time and this helps to save time and trouble of researching a lot just to get the answers. However, on the other hand, there are also quite a number of disadvantages to it, for example, we might not know how reliable the answers given are and at the same time, it is not the right way to study if we just simply copy down the answers without understanding it fully. Thus, in conclusion, i feel that we should make use of this properly and not in the wrong way. Parents should explain and break the answer down for their child before giving them the answer to the questions.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your point that there are pros and cons to this approach of teaching. The fact that people are able to get their questions answered in a short period of time is good as people do not have to go through all the trouble to find the answers to a certain question. It is thus a "pro" in this aspect. However, a flip of the coin reveals that the answers that people provide might not be entirely correct as the person answering the question might not be certified. I feel that your points have been made clear and I can understand you easily. However, I feel that you can put yourself in this situation, such as have you done this before? If you are a parent, would you use this app to answer your children's question?

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