When engaging a tutor many parents tend to assume that it will always be on a one-to-one basis. This is one traditional way that tuition is performed and can be popular. However, parents may not realise that there are many other options available for tuition, some of which may be more beneficial for their children. One of them is small group tuition.
Small group tuition is when a teacher will lead a miniature group of students say 2- 10 through the lessons. It provides a middle ground between a classroom and private tuition – not quite as busy as the former, where the needs of individual students can be overlooked, and not quite as private as the latter, where pupils are unable to work alongside peers. One advantage of small group tuition is that a pair students with similar needs, experiences and learning styles so that they collectively receive the education they need.
After all, one of the drawbacks of a classroom is that there are many children working across a variety of styles and abilities. Some students may prefer a hands-on learning style while others are better at visual learning. Some may be more gifted at certain aspects of a subject that others are struggling with. This is not the case with small group tuition. Tutors can place students with peers who are working at a similar ability level and with a synonymous learning style.
Some children’s learning styles are unsuitable for a one-to-one environment too. There are pupils who thrive when they are problem-solving and working alongside others. These students may not be able to properly process a difficult mathematical equation when it is written down in front of them. By making the problem-solving part a challenge—a constructive competition that involves all the students, for example, or partnering up with a peer to solve the question together—they frequently comprehend it better. For many, one-to-one tuition may not be effective in the same way that learning in a small group is.
One key advantages that small group tuition offers pupils is that it is not as limited as a standard classroom. Swift Tutors can schedule small group tuition for a few nights per week so that children are learning more than they would in just a few hours of allocated school time. This consistent and regular tuition can really accelerate their learning and enable pupils to catch up if they are behind their peers at school. We believe that it is important to consider all the available tuition options in full.