Benefits Of Tuition
Private tuition is becoming increasingly popular and is effective in improving not only a student’s confidence and academic results, but also many transferable skills such as communication, personal organisation and time-keeping. There are many reasons why tuition can have a positive impact on a student. Below are some of the many benefits of tuition that are causing so many parents to choose it for their children.
1. Personalised lessons.
One of the biggest advantages of tuition is that lessons can be customised to suit each student. Whereas in school a student may be at a disadvantage - if, for example they work at a different pace to the rest of the class, or need to focus more attention on a specific aspect of the course - tuition negates these problems. Students benefit from the fact that a tutor can adjust the pace, focus and goals of a lesson depending on the needs and abilities of the student, meaning that learning will be maximised.
2. One-to-one teaching.
Another huge positive of tuition is the amount of time a student receives from the tutor. As
tuition is usually on a one-to-one basis, tutors can focus their full attention on the student. This
is a huge plus compared to classes of up to thirty pupils (and sometimes more!) that are
standard in most schools, where the teacher’s time is divided and individuals become very
easily lost in the crowd. This can be frustrating for both the students and the teacher. However,
in tuition, the tutor is better able to by sympathetic towards the student's area(s) of weakness,
making the learning process more effective.
3. You choose the teacher!
Students respond better to a teacher that is suited to them, in terms of both temperament and teaching style. Unlike in school, where students generally have little - if any - choice in who their teachers are, tuition allows the student and/or their parent/guardian(s) to choose a tutor
that they feel comfortable with. As there is such a wide range of tutors available - each with their own strengths, specialities and teaching styles - there is bound to be a tutor that is well suited to each student. Finding the right tutor that can engage and inspire a student can make a huge difference to their confidence and academic results.
4. Increased confidence.
As tuition is usually one-to-one, the tutor and student can work closely, developing a stronger relationship than is possible in a typical school classroom environment. This allows the tutor to get to know the student better, therefore finding it easier to spot problems and to give assistance. For students that often particularly struggle with a typical classroom environment - such as those that are shy and/or have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - being in the quieter, calmer environment of one-to-one tuition can help them to better express themselves, and to feel more confident in doing so.
5. Help with homework and revision.
Homework can often be a boring - and sometimes daunting - experience for students. Left to their own devices, many will work through it with minimum engagement, making it become nothing more than a box-ticking exercise. A tutor can help to keep the student focused and interested, ensuring that the homework is not only completed to a higher standard, but also that it is effective in terms of what the student is able to gain from it. Similarly, tutors can be effective in guiding students to find and develop appropriate revision techniques that work for them on an individual basis.
6. More engaging lessons and resources.
School lessons can often be quite rigid in style - perhaps the teacher "has always done it that
way", or the school's guidelines for teachers only permit them to "teach it this way". Tuition,
by its very nature, takes a less bureaucratic approach, meaning lessons can be more flexible
as a result. Tutors are free to use whatever teaching styles and/or resources they deem most
effective for a particular student. Thus, the student will often be more engaged and more
confident with what they have learnt.
7. Flexible and convenient.
Owing to the nature of their occupation, tutors are often very flexible. They can often travel to you, which saves you the time, expense and inconvenience of travelling. Organising a tuition schedule is also usually straightforward, with sessions able to be structured around school or extra-curricular activities. With the recent rise in online tuition (thanks, in part, to the covid-19 pandemic - perhaps one of its few positives!), all this has become more convenient than ever before - just log on, learn and log off!
8. Saves (a) parent/guardian(s) time and effort.
Although it is great if (a) parent/guardian(s) is/are able to get actively involved with their children’s learning, this is not always a practical nor ideal option. Busy schedules can limit the time they are able to spend helping with homework. In addition, as children become older and their studies become more advanced, their parent/guardian(s) may not be able to provide suitable assistance. In these cases, having a tutor with both the time and skills necessary can be a great help, benefiting both students and parent/guardian(s) alike.