Thursday, 5 September 2019

Will a child learn more by having one to one tuition or by having group tuition?

We are often asked this question by parents who are wanting the most effective tuition for their child.

The most obvious difference between the two is cost.  One to one tuition will be more expensive and group tuition will be cheaper.

However there is a lot more to this discussion than just cost.

Individual tuition can be much more flexible in terms of timing, location and subject matter.  The tutor will work on exactly what is needed for that individual pupil.  By contrast, group tuition has to be more rigid in these matters.  The tutor will need to have planned the lesson in advance and there are the needs of all of the students to consider.

Group tuition has huge benefits in terms of allowing children to share their ideas.  Experience shows that working in small groups has a strong positive effect on learning outcomes.  In a group situation the students will explain concepts to other students thus reinforcing their own learning. Students will develop better communication skills and may form friendships with other students making the learning more fun.  To find that others struggle with particular concepts or topics can often be a boost to a student so that they realise they are not alone in finding some topics hard.

Here at Chatterton Tuition we offer both groups and individual tuition.  In some cases students start with the group and switch later to one to one tuition or vice versa.  We always keep our groups small with a maximum of 8 students per group.  We would be happy to discuss your child’s needs with you.

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