Benefits Of Tuition
Private tutoring is becoming increasingly popular and is particularly 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 receiving tuition can have a positive impact on a student. Here are just some of the many benefits of private tuition that are causing so many parents to choose it for their children.
1. Personalised lessons
One of the biggest advantages of private tuition is that lessons can easily 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 - private tuition largely 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 efficiency will be maximised. This is an especially important point to note for any students that have special educational needs, such as those with dyslexia or dyspraxia.
2. One-to-one teaching = more time and attention
Another huge positive gained from private tuition is the amount of time a student will receive
from the tutor. As private tuition is usually on a one-to-one basis, tutors can focus their
attention fully on a student. This is a huge advantage compared to classes of twenty to thirty
pupils where a teacher’s time is divided and individuals can very easily become lost in the
crowd. This can be frustrating for both the students and the teacher. However, in private
tuition, with less distractions, the tutor is better able to appreciate and work on a student’s
weaker points, making the whole learning process more effective.
3. You choose the teacher!
Students will respond better to a teacher that is suited to them, in terms of both temperament
and learning style. Unlike school, where students generally have very little - if any - choice in regards to who their teachers are, opting for private tuition allows the student or their parent/guardian(s) to pick 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 and every student. Finding the right tutor that can engage and inspire a student can really make a big difference to their learning.
4. Increased confidence
As private tuition is usually one-to-one, tutors and students are able to work much more closely and develop stronger relationships than would otherwise be possible in a typical school classroom. The impact that this can have on a student is profound, as the tutor will be able to get to know their student better, and so will find it easier to spot potential problems and give them assistance. For shy students, being in a learning environment with less people can also help them to express themselves, as they are under less pressure from their peers.
5. Help with homework and exam practice questions
Homework can often be a boring - and sometimes daunting -experience for students. Left to their own devices, many will just work through it without really engaging in the subject, and it becomes more of a box-ticking exercise. Having a tutor who is able to keep the student focused and interested will ensure that the homework is not only completed to a higher standard, but -more importantly - is effective in terms of what a student is able to gain from it. Similarly, tutors can be especially effective in regards to exam preparation. The advice and assistance that they can provide ranges from the structuring of revision, to troubleshooting weak points in the student’s knowledge.
6. More interesting lessons and resources
School lessons can often be quite rigid in their learning style, as they often have very set
goals and a strong reliance on text books. Private classes usually have a less formal
approach though, and so are more flexible as a result. This leaves tutors free to use
whichever materials and learning styles which they deem most useful. Thus, a student will
often be faced with materials that they would not encounter in school. These adaptations
can be a great help, as they prevent students from becoming bored whilst at the same time
pushing their boundaries and providing them with a challenge.
7. Flexible and convenient
As a mode of teaching, private tutoring is becoming increasingly flexible and convenient.
Tutors will often be able come to you, which saves a lot of time for both students and parents in regards to travel. Organising a suitable timetable is also easily achievable, allowing sessions to be structured around school or other extra-curricular activities. With the rise and growth of online tutoring, this has become even easier, allowing lessons to occur where and when you want.
8. Saves time and effort
Although it is great if parents are able to get actively involved with their children’s learning, this is not always a practical option. Busy schedules can limit the time you are able to spend each week helping out with homework. In addition, as children become older and their studies become more advanced, parents may not always be able to provide suitable assistance. In both these cases, having a private tutor who has both the time and skills necessary can be a great help, benefiting both students and parents alike.