Should I choose individual or group tutoring?

It is widely accepted that we learn approximately 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we discuss, 80% of what we experience and 95% of what we teach others. Collaborative learning is vital for enhanced learning in the classroom and pupils who demonstrate lower levels of achievement improve when working in diverse groups.” Grace Kelly – “Two (or more) heads are better than one.”

Once families decide to seek academic help, they have several options: individual tutoring, group sessions, or even large review classes. Each option has its own unique advantages, and it is worth considering which is right for you.

On one hand, one-on-one tutoring offers unique advantages: the student works with one educational professional week after week (often over several months or years) who is devoted to helping him or her achieve success and who develops a sense of the student’s individual learning needs. This type of arrangement includes academic mentorship and the fostering of positive academic skills and habits.

On the other hand, group tutoring sessions offer their own unique benefits to students and their families. When working in groups with peers, students learn from each other and benefit from the various learning styles in a group. Adolescent students are often highly motivated by each other, and experienced tutors are able to promote positive environments of scaffolded learning where students push each other to achieve their own goals. Additionally, group tutoring options offer financial benefits to families in the form of discounted hourly rates.

Our tutors have seen the benefits of both one-on-one and group instruction with experience working with students individually, in small groups, and in groups of up to 40. We recognize the individuality of every student and are happy to help build a program to fit your unique needs.

Published by Brett LaFave

I am the founder of BL Tutoring. I teach math at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. I enjoy riding my bicycle and teaching kids to succeed on standardized tests. I have a dog named Willie.

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