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Friday, 1 December 2017

Seven ways in which private tuition can enhance classroom learning

One of the many benefits of private tuition is that it can strongly enhance classroom learning. It prepares the student, both academically and personally, for the up-coming challenges of the educational system. Here are some of the most important characteristics of private tuition, highlighting the contribution of having a private tutor to the overall classroom performance.

1. One-to-one approach
While working with their tutor, the student is engaged in one-to-one interaction, meaning they get their tutor’s full attention: the student can, therefore, freely ask for help and will receive it immediately, carefully constructed in the way best suited for him, that is, her. Individual differences between students, such as academic abilities and learning styles, are important and should be respected. With individual tuition, tutors let the students express themselves, they make the effort to understand them and to create the best possible teaching approach. This leads to positive attitudes toward the subject matter and better academic performance.

2. Confronting barriers to learning
If a student has a specific obstacle to learning, such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, sight impairment or hearing loss, a qualified tutor can help overcome those barriers and advance by leaps and bounds. The obstacles getting in the way of learning should be spotted right away and addressed adequately to achieve maximum results. The study on the effect of tutoring on reading achievement for students with cognitive disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and students receiving Title I services, demonstrated its significant positive effects.

3. Increased confidence
When students are getting help with their homework from their tutors, or preparing for an upcoming test in groups, they become more confident about their learning. When they’re doing homework with the help of a tutor, they are really engaging with the subject and are becoming more aware of the knowledge that they are gaining. It is important for the tutor to be able to keep their student focused, interested and confident. Students can be very afraid of tests. The assistance and support from their tutors, who can troubleshoot the flaws of students’ learning abilities and help fix them, can boost the self-confidence of the students.

4. Improving study skills
Besides being an expert in the subject, a good tutor has a strong grounding in pedagogy. It’s important for a tutor to not only teach the subjects, but to also teach the vital study skills. These include time management, summarizing, and focusing on important information. For instance, the students having difficulties with focusing should be presented with some strategies for paying attention in class. Every student has their own learning style, and being familiar with that can be a great base for improving one’s study skills. 

5. Setting goals and objectives
However, doing everything for the student does not make for a good tutor. Good tutors teach their students to set goals for themselves and help them figure out the best way to achieve those goals - there is scientific evidence that setting goals and objectives can enhance classroom learning. Moreover, marks at school are not the only thing on which the tutors should be focused. Their job is to motivate their students, stimulate and challenge them, so they can fulfil their potential.

6. Comfortable environment
Learning in the comfort of their own homes can make students more relaxed than they would be in the formal environment of a classroom. They become more engaged and creative with the subject matter and feel less pressure. Research about learning environments shows that people learn more effectively in environments in which they are more comfortable.

7. Accessibility
Students can have private tuition in the comfort of their home or it can take place online. Either way, students can adjust classes according to their needs. When it comes to online tuition, Singapore for example is one of the many countries finding this facility extremely beneficial. This is because the time and place of lecturing can depend on the student. If the student feels the need for some extra help with their homework or they just want to recap their week’s learning, it’s easy for them to schedule a tutoring session whenever they want and in whichever way they prefer. 

Finally, private tuition is an individual approach, taking place in a comfortable environment. It is very accessible, and the tutor has both knowledge and skills to help the student with their learning difficulties, to motivate them to set goals and to boost their confidence. Consequently, the student’s classroom learning, and their overall learning experience, are being improved.

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