Updated: Jan 18
Paying private tutors while one is at uni did not start with Covid. In fact, right from the foundation of Medieval universities, if the student did not pay the tutor no tuition was offered. Moreover, most academic writing courses tell you to get your essays checked by another person (usually someone in your family/a friend). And to practise your foreign languages, or to exchange ideas in a big city, are you breaking the rules by practising or discussing the contents of your orals or essays with other people? Most university students seem to come back with worse French/Spanish than when they set off for their year abroad. What happened there? Are academics going to make their coursework "tutor-proof"?