• Robin Glembotzky

Group tutoring or Individual tutoring?

What's right for your student? Let's take a look at the pro's of each situation.

Pro's of one on one Tutoring

1) Customized plan. People learn in different ways. And what works for one student may not work for the next. One on one tutoring allows a tutor to customize a plan. In the case of exam prep, I'd have the student take a practice exam. Based on those scores, a tutor can create a program that will enable the student to work on areas they may struggle in. In the case of academic tutoring, the tutor can help uncover areas where the student may have missed some background. For example, if the student is struggling with sphere volume and area calculations, possibly they don't understand how the equation evolved. Taking a step back and explaining each part may help them move forward in their understanding.

2) Fewer distractions. Let's be honest, in this world of so many things competing for our attention, it's easy to get distracted. If the teacher is talking to another student, your mind may wander. While, for the most part, this is not usually a problem, for some students, it can be a hindrance. They can have difficulty getting back into the studying groove. However, that isn't always their biggest concern.

No one wants to be seen making mistakes. And, sometimes, students, when in a group, don't volunteer an answer, fearing they are mistaken. This can result in a loss of confidence.

3) Focus. Working one on one results in the tutor giving 100%, of their attention, to the individual student. This results in a bonding, between the tutor and student. The student becomes more comfortable with the tutor and shares more easily. Being more comfortable enables the student to relax and they are more receptive to learning new material.

Pro's of group tutoring

1) Cost. As expected, groups are always less expensive than one on one sessions. Usually a tutor will cut their rates as the number of people, in the group, increases.

2) Better understanding (sometimes). When in a group, sometimes a student will ask a question and it turns out, everyone in the group was thinking the same thing. Having the tutor explain a concept, to one student, will cause the other students to gain a better understanding. They feel less worried about asking questions. In addition, it can push a student to learn more about that concept, on their own.

3) Exposure to varied backgrounds. Being in a group teaches the student cooperation, patience, and teamwork. By learning in a group setting, a student may be exposed to a different way of learning a particular subject. This will help their being more open-minded when presented with a problem. They help understand that there is not always one way of doing something.

There are many factors when determining if your student should be in group or individual tutoring sessions. The most important factor is your student's comfort level. Talk to them, ask them how they feel in school when working in groups. The most important factor is to determine how your student best learns. If you need help with that, let me know.

The bottom line is simple. How can you, as a parent, help your child succeed in their studies?

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