Why One-to-one Tutoring is Better Than Mass Tutoring

One tutor, one student is the method of providing one-to-one attention in teaching and imparting knowledge.

In this way, a teacher will be concentrating only on one student at a time, unlike in a classroom situation where the ratio is 1:30. By the one-to-one method, a child will get all the necessary attention and will help the child learn better.

In a traditional classroom setup, it is obvious that a teacher has to cater to all the students.

Each student is unique in her or his learning capability and therefore needs attention accordingly.

The one-to-one method solves this problem by catering to teaching according to the capability of the child.

Seven important facts you should know about one-to-one tutoring

  • Less distraction
  • Customizable according to students’ own pace
  • Develop certain Skill Sets
  • Deeper knowledge of academic lessons
  • Flexibility in teaching
  • More detailed feedback
  • Help achieve academic goals easily

Less distractions

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn”

~ Ignacio Estrada

85% of students get distracted within 25 minutes in a mass tutoring system. While most of the students can concentrate for more than 25 minutes in a one-teacher one student method of teaching!!!

Students get easily distracted in a traditional classroom setting.

In such an environment, a child will not be able to grasp all the points taught and therefore give rise to frustration or disinterestedness in learning.

One-to-one tutoring provides a positive environment without any distractions.

However, shy students can benefit more from one-to-one tutoring since they can open up their feelings to their teacher confidently.

Customizable according to students’ own pace

“Every student can learn, just not on the same day or same way”~ George Evans

We all are aware that in a classroom, there will be fast and slow learners.

In such a situation, a teacher is helpless, as a teacher cannot cater to the needs of all the students.

Whereas in a one-to-one tutoring method, a teacher can customize the lesson taught according to the needs of the student.

This would in turn help a student to grasp and learn better.

Develop certain skill sets

“You can teach a student a lesson for a day, but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives”

~ Clay P Bedford

Regarding one-to-one tutoring, a teacher can try to induce certain skill sets in students apart from academic subjects.

The teacher can help develop communication skills, time management, problem-solving skills, and critical thinking in a student.

The development of skill sets helps you to succeed as a child in many ways.

These include improving your problem-solving capability, building confidence, and helping you to think in many ways to achieve your goals and make decisions on choosing certain choices of your life.

Deeper Knowledge of Academic Lessons

“Teaching is not the mere imparting of knowledge but the cultivation of an inquiring mind”

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

A teacher in a traditional classroom setup has a lot to teach during an academic year.

She has to cater the academic lessons to all students in the class.

Hence, we cannot expect her to teach in-depth as she has to complete the lessons in a specific time provided.

In such a setup, everything has to be taught within a time limit.

But in the case of one-to-one tutoring, the teacher can take as much time as needed.

Furthermore, she can cater the in-depth knowledge of the lessons to the student.

The one-to-one tutoring will allow the student to explore the topics more broadly, unlike from a mass tutoring setup.

Flexibility in Teaching

“We need standards with flexibility. Not standardization with force if we are to get the best from our teachers”

~ Andy Hargreaves

Flexibility in teaching is another advantage of one-to-one tutoring.

A teacher can schedule the lessons according to the student’s convenient time as the teacher needs to focus only on that one particular student.

In one-to-one tutoring, the student will not get pushed or forced to attend the lessons at a specific time unlike for the students in a mass tutoring setup.

This advantage of one-to-one tutoring will make the student more comfortable in attending the lessons without being lazy since they can schedule it at their convenient time.

More detailed feedback

“The value of new knowledge is greater to the person who already knows a lot. The more effort you put in, the more you get back per unit of effort. Knowledge violates the law of diminishing returns”

~ Johnny Uzan

From the perspective of teachers, if they are catering lessons, they should get the result in return from the student.

They should get to know whether their teaching was worthy.

Suppose if the teacher gets frequent feedback from the students, they can improvise their lessons accordingly.

But it is often time-consuming, as for mass tutoring.

Even if they manage to get feedback from the students, it is difficult to organize the lessons according to each student’s standpoint.

When it comes to one teacher one student method of teaching, the teacher can communicate easily with that one particular student to whom she is catering the lessons and can improvise it according to the student’s needs.

Help achieve academic goals easily

“Knowledge will bring you an opportunity to make a difference”

~ Claire Fagin

A tutor in one-to-one tutoring can help the students in attaining their long-term or short-term goal in a more personalized way in which they could learn better.

Unlike in a traditional classroom setting where all students have to pass the examination isn’t the only concern of a teacher when it comes to one teacher one student method of tutoring.

It is hard for a teacher to look after each students’ goal setting and give solutions for it. However, it is possible for one-to-one tutoring.

The student can personalize their lessons and goals by working closely with the teacher.

The teacher and the student can frequently review his/her goal settings and can work on them.

It is apparent that one teacher, one student method of teaching provides a unique learning experience for the students. A teacher for a student can bring about drastic changes in his/her learning process. The teacher can construct the lessons according to the student’s own learning pace and has many other advantages that a student can benefit from one-to-one tutoring.

About author

Ashique Muhammed

Head of Mathematics Department | Angle Belearn

For the past 12 years, Ashique has been a maths teacher. He leads mathematics department at Angle Belearn. With an A1 mark on both her 10th and 12th board exams, Ashique has an excellent academic record. Along with that, he achieved outstanding results in the All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE), the State Entrance Exam (KEAM), and the CUSAT entrance exam. With one-on-one instruction, he wants to make math simpler for every learner.

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