Are you a teacher who loves playing games? Then we’ve got just the thing for you. There’s a tutoring service called Tutor House, that’s offering up to £40 an hour for you to tutor kids while playing their favourite video games. I know I mentioned Apex Legends above, popular game right now, but if you’re more of a Fortnite person, or like to play some FIFA in your spare time, the offer is there.
The new controversial method was found through research, showing that expert gamers had ‘more brain activity associated with attention than non-experts’ and that ‘one hour of video gaming can increase the brain’s ability to focus through an improvement of visual selective attention
The service comes after recent research revealed that expert gamers had ‘more brain activity associated with attention than non-experts’, and that one hour of video gaming can increase the brain’s ability to focus through an improvement in visual selective attention*.
Other research shows that 12 to 15 year old’s consumption of video games has increased from 10.7 hours a week on average in 2013, to 12.2 hours a week in 2017**.
After discovering this research, Tutor House decided to create a service that takes advantage of the time children spend playing action video games as well as its ability to increase their visual selective attention. Whether this translates to non-expert gamers like school students is another question.
How is works is the tutor will discuss learning material with their student while playing their favourite video game. Learning activities will then be completed in interval breaks throughout the tutoring session. The service can be delivered remotely over the internet for £40 an hour, or £50 an hour in person. All you will need is access to your own games console or PC and the desired game.
Alex Dyer, founder of Tutor House said, “There are loads of children who cannot concentrate in usual teaching environments, however that is normally the only option they’re given. We should always be thinking of new ways to make learning more enjoyable for children and, as kids spend a lot of their free time on video games now, it seemed like a great idea to combine the two”.