Here’s a challenge for you: think back to the last time you were in a group lesson of any kind. Got the picture in your head? Great. Now ask yourself if that group experience was completely seamless, totally focussed and 100% productive? Hopefully the answer is yes, but all too often feedback on group learning experiences is negative. Classroom learning environments are often rife with interruptions, such as misbehaviour, late arrivals, and the customary “What did we cover last week” questions from the bloke who was away! Other set-backs such as last minute teacher changes, classroom swaps and varying levels of ability, all contribute to an often less than ideal learning scenario. But before we start screaming “Home tuition's the answer”, lets look at the ups and downs of private tuition as an alternative to group learning. Private tutors can often be used as an effective alternative or supplement to group scenarios, and can be a fantastic way to augment learning, (depending on variables such as individual student needs, quality of tutor, etc. etc.) Let’s look at a few of the key benefits of home tuition.
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Home tuition is a personalised experience
It’s a well-known fact that we all learn at different speeds. Some of us are able to absorb information much quicker than others, without the need to ask several questions. Therefore, the varying abilities that are present in most classrooms can hinder the rate of learning for some. Home tuition offers a far more personalised experience for the student, with the pace being set by him/her and undiminished by other individuals. This tailored work rate increases retention of information and optimises the learning process considerably.
Home tuition can be extra-curricular
The goal of passing exams is often the principal objective of any learning set-up, including the private tuition format. However the difference between classroom learning and home tuition, is that where classrooms are often only geared towards the specific skill of 'passing', valuable supporting information can be missed. This type of additional, specialised, 'less conventional' teaching, can help develop other skills such as critical thinking and creativity. One of the great benefits of home tuition, is that the tutor is able to go ‘off topic’ with a student if they feel it will benefit the wider goal of improved overall learning and exam success.
Flexible schedules to suit any learner
Logistically, home tuition is a fantastic choice for anyone who finds themselves strapped for time. For adults and children alike, having the flexibility to decide when learning should take place is a very appealing option. Tutors and learners often work together to coordinate a timetable which suits both parties, (although the more successful tutors will always be those who are most amenable to their clients' needs). Private tutors will dedicate enough time and schedule flexibility, to ensure that the learner is suitably equipped to succeed in whatever assessment they are heading towards.
Home tuition is virtually distraction-free
As we touched upon earlier, group learning can take place in environments which are far from ideal. With home tuition you are free to create your perfect learning environment – and therefore maximise your (or your child’s) chances of attaining those all-important goals. When starting tuition with a new student, a tutor will often take the time to ensure they are completely comfortable and ready to learn – based on the premise that the more relaxed a person is, the more they will take in. Feeling ready to learn can make all the difference!
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If you think home tuition may be for you, there are a number of good quality providers on the market. LCF Tutors puts tutors and learners in direct contact without the middle-man, leaving decision making in the hands of the user. Visit them on the web at: www.lcftutors.com or call +44 (0)1489 786473.