Which is best? Group tuition or one-to-one?

Are you confused by the options available to you when it comes to tuition? Totally baffled by the educational difference between group tuition and one-to-one tuition? Let’s weigh up the pros and cons of both from the eyes of those who teach both types of lessons every day – a tutor!

With one-to-one tuition, all students received our undivided individual attention. This means that if they have any misconceptions on a topic or are consistently struggling to grasp something then this means that we can address that straight away. However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot do the same in group tuition, we are all trained teachers after all! If we are able to spot misconceptions and address them in a class of 30 – spotting these confusions in a group of 4 is easy peasy! You do still get one-to-one attention during the group lesson to explain anything in more detail if it is needed. No student gets left behind!

One-to-one lessons are tailored towards the individual with an individual tuition plan which consists of 4 short-term targets which are reviewed every half term. Most of our students complete their targets within a month! These targets can be goals such as: “To be confident using column addition up to 3 digits”. This is usually a target that is fulfilled within a few weeks. Students in a group lesson still receive an individual tuition plan with targets that are reviewed and are reminded of what their goals are when they are about to attempt a piece work in lessons or as homework.

Companionship sprinkled with a teeny bit of competitive spirit does wonders to children’s learning. If I had a pound for every time a child has sat as quietly as a mouse in a one-to-one session and then has blossomed into this confident and competitive child in a group situation – I would be rich! I often watch on in amazement! The hour usually whizzes by and we have managed to go through some really difficult concepts whilst having fun and ensuring that every child has learned something that lesson.

Group tuition can be less expensive and the quality of tuition is exactly the same as one-to-one. However, if a student is very far behind at school or has an educational need that demands more attention than one-to-one tuition can help give them a boost and is definitely the way forward. One-to-one tuition allows us to use techniques with that child that a teacher teaching a class of 30 would be unable to do. One-to-one tuition allows those children who are very behind to be filled with confidence and to begin making progress rapidly.

Some children thrive when working with others in a group, bouncing ideas off each other, solving puzzles together and sharing their ideas. Children like to know that they are other people going through the same journey as them and that they are not the only person in the whole world since the dawn of time to have had tuition! Other children are maybe slightly shy and would prefer just having a one-to-one session with a tutor where they can relax and not have to worry about anyone else.

Ultimately, you know your child best. Consult them on what they would like. Some children specify one-to-one or a group as they know how they work best at school. Seeking an assessment from a tutor about your child’s capabilities will also help you decide what the best route for your child.

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