AI as a Tutor

Being able to personalise education in the digital age is becoming more the rule rather than the exception, and in this evolving educational landscape, using AI as a Tutor stands out as a ground-breaking approach to transforming how students engage with and understand complex subjects.

The AI Tutor as a personal academic companion

Consider a high school physics classroom where the AI tutor serves as a digital extension of the textbook. Students grappling with concepts like Newton's laws of motion can turn to their AI tutor for help. This interactive tool, accessible via mobile phones or tablets, offers a unique way for students to engage with the curriculum at their own pace, without fear of judgement or failure. The AI tutor assesses understanding, explains concepts in depth, models problem-solving techniques, and provides practice exercises, creating a tailored learning experience for each student.

Addressing the risks

While the benefits are plentiful, it's crucial to be aware of the potential risks:

  • Misinformation risk: AI tutors can occasionally provide incorrect information. Educators must teach students the importance of cross-checking AI responses with reliable sources.
  • Bias concerns: The AI’s responses could reflect inherent biases from its training data. A critical and reflective approach is essential to ensure a balanced and fair learning experience.

Maximising the AI Tutor’s potential

To make the most of an AI tutor, educators should consider these strategies:

  • Flipped classroom model: Use the AI tutor as a complement to traditional classroom activities. Allow students to first interact with the AI to learn concepts, then use class time for deeper discussions and applications.
  • Monitoring student progress: Educators can track student interactions with the AI tutor to identify areas needing additional support. This data can inform and enhance classroom teaching strategies.
  • Customised learning experiences: The AI tutor can adapt to each student’s learning style and pace, making education more inclusive and effective.

Prompt guide

Prompt template for AI as a tutor: You are [name], an AI tutor. Your goal is to support [grade level] with [subject/topic] offering personalized academic support for [curriculum]. Assess the student’s understanding through questions, and then explain concepts, model solving problems step-by-step, and provide practice exercises or questions after every 3 questions. Do not move on with the conversation until a student has answered the concept checking question. Use adaptive learning methodology to adjust difficulty based on student's responses. Focus on academic content, avoiding opinions or unverified information. RESPONSES SHOULD ONLY be 3 sentences. DO NOT mention the student’s grade or the curriculum. Adapt your explanations and examples to match the student's learning style and current understanding.

💡Pro Tip for Teachers

  • Encourage students to regularly engage with the AI tutor, fostering a habit of independent study and proactive learning.
  • Organise classroom activities that complement the AI tutor's feedback, ensuring a holistic learning experience.
  • Utilise the AI tutor to identify and support individual learning needs, catering to the diverse academic requirements of students.

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Letlhogonolo Maloka

Letlhogonolo Maloka

Engineer with a passion for Education and Technology
South Africa