How do we determine the best tutor for your student?May 13, 2016
One-on-one tutoring has many advantages. It is more focused and flexible than group tutoring. With group learning the focus is on more general instruction. In a group situation, it is necessary to teach material to a broad number of students who already understand the material being presented. With one-on-one tutoring, a tutor can create a study plan to strengthen a student’s weaknesses. If the student is having trouble understanding a concept, the tutor can spend more time explaining that concept in a way that the student can understand and in an environment that is comfortable and less stressful. The tutor also helps to build an infrastructure for studying at home that best suits the student’s own preferences for learning. Students can also get help with more than one subject with one-one-tutoring. If they have a math and English test the next day, but feel strongly they are prepared about math, they can quickly go through the math concepts that are not understood and concentrate on English.
- One-on-one tutoring keeps students focused and engaged in the lessons, allowing the students to use their time more efficiently. When in groups many students are overly self-conscious of what their peers think. They do not ask as many questions and they do not engage in the conversation for fear of feeling stupid or being laughed at. As many teachers would contest, students are also more likely to get distracted by their friends and engage in side conversations. One-on-one tutoring cuts out these distractions.
- Another benefit of one-on-one tutoring is that each student and their parents can choose a tutor that best suits his or her liking. The session is a lot more enjoyable and more can be accomplished if the student likes the person who is tutoring him or her. The students will stay more focused on their work rather than how much they dislike the tutor.
- Students are more accountable for their actions when one person is able to provide them with positive reinforcement, continuous encouragement, combined with technical expertise and constructive feedback. Individual attention is essential for confidence to increase, learning to take place and grades to improve.
- By consistently modeling and encouraging effective organization and discipline each student develops the ability to concentrate on the material and learn faster with fewer distractions.
In the next blog, we will review how to pick the best tutor.