By Adam Pritchard

Private tutoring is becoming increasingly popular, which is hardly surprising as it is particularly effective in improving not only a student’s academic grades, but also their practical understanding of wide range of subjects.  There are many reasons why receiving private tuition can have such a positive impact on a student’s abilities — here are some of the most important to consider.

Customised 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 than the rest of the class, or need to focus more attention on a specific aspect of the course, private tuition largely negates these problems.  Learners will 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 learning disorders such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.  A good tutor will be able to take this into account and be a great benefit to a student.

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 a teacher.  As private tuition is usually on a one-to-one basis, teachers can focus their attention fully on a student. This is obviously an 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.  With fewer distractions, the tutor is better able to appreciate and work on a student’s weak points, making the whole learning process more effective.

You can choose the right 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 does allow the student or their parents 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 learning 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 can make a significance difference for the learner.

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 larger class.  The impact that this can have on a student is profound, as teachers will be able to get to know their students better and will find it easier to spot potential problems and give them assistance.  For shy students, being in a learning environment with fewer people can also help them to express themselves, as they are under less pressure from their peers.

Help with homework and test practice

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. 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 more effective in terms of what a student is able to gain from it.  Similarly, tutors can be especially effective in regards to test preparation.  The advice and assistance that they can provide ranges from the structuring of revision, to troubleshooting weak points in the student’s knowledge.  As such, a tutor’s help can prove invaluable.

More interesting materials and form of study

School lessons can often be quite rigid in their learning format, as they often have very set goals and a strong reliance on text books.  Private classes usually have a less formal approach, though, and 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.

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, which allows sessions to be structured around school or other extra-curricular activities.  With the rise and growth of online tutoring, this has become even easier; lessons can  occur where and when you want.

Private tutoring 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 that parents 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, working to the benefit of both students and parents alike.

Useful links

The Educator tutoring jobs.

Some extra pros and cons of private tutoring.

Tutorhunt.com – a useful way to compare tutors in different subject areas.

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