How Does Individualised Tutoring Benefit Students?
Individualised tutoring provides students with a range of learning benefits
Parents organise academic tutoring for their child for many different reasons. Some parents feel unable to assist their child adequately with their homework. Other parents seek expert tutoring for their child because they have fallen behind at school, or because their child is a quick learner who would benefit from extension. Some parents organise specialised tutoring for their child to prepare them for school assessments such as NAPLAN, ICAS, selective school entry or scholarship assessments.
Many parents of students who have a diagnosed learning disability seek personalised tutoring services for their child. Other parents organise tutoring for their child over the school break- to get them ready for the new school year, or to catch them up in a subject over the holidays. The reasons parents seek specialised tutoring for their child, are as diverse as the learning needs of each student we tutor. Teachers managing a class of students do not have the time to give each student regular, individualised instruction. Attending regular learning sessions with a qualified tutor gives students the individualised attention they do not receive at school.
Ten Benefits of Individualised Tutoring for Students
1. Lessons are specifically planned for individual students
Working one to one with students enables tutors to tailor the lesson content, to cater the unique learning needs of every student. Doing this ensures that each student is being taught exactly what they need to be taught, to improve their understandings, knowledge and skills in a subject. In tutoring, students are not being taught what they already know, or subject content that they are not ready for yet.
2. Students are able to progress at their own rate
Students do not get left behind or need to wait for other students to catch up in a tutoring lesson. They are able to progress through lesson content as slowly or as quickly as they need to, to improve their understandings, knowledge and skills in a subject.
3. Tutors can cater for the individual learning styles of students
By working individually with students, tutors really get to know each of their pupils. This enables tutors to present lesson content to their students in their preferred learning style, which sets them up for success.
4. Tutoring can assist students to develop confident attitudes towards testing
Regardless of how we feel about school based assessments, the fact is that students will regularly experience tests throughout their school life. Tutoring to prepare students for school based assessments, teaches them how to navigate their way through different test types, so when they sit different assessments they feel more confident and prepared.
5. Tutoring occurs in a quiet learning environment
Individualised Tutoring usually occurs outside of the classroom in a quieter environment, making it much easier for students to focus on the subject content and learning tasks.
6. One-to-one ratio allows tutors to provide instant feedback
Recent Educational Research has shown that one of the most effective strategies for improving learning outcomes for students, is to provide them with explicit feedback. In individualised tutoring sessions, tutors are able to provide explicit feedback to students, immediately and continuously.
7. Tutoring leads to improved learning outcomes and academic achievement
Individualised tutoring has the potential to greatly accelerate student learning, and improve students’ achievements at school. We can report that each student tutored by Optimise Learning has shown a marked improvement in both their self-confidence, and school achievements.
8. Tutoring helps students to develop productive learning and study habits
Tutoring assists students to develop productive study habits and positive attitudes towards learning, which sets them up for success at school, and in life!
9. One-to-one ratio encourages students to ask questions
Many students do not feel confident enough to ask questions in front of their classmates at school, even when they do not understand what is being taught. In individualised tutoring sessions, students do not need to be mindful of their classmates, and therefore feel more confident to ask questions to seek clarification, or tell their tutor if they don’t understand a concept.
10. Primary focus is on student learning
Every day in the classroom, teachers are managing a variety of situations and responsibilities. Besides teaching students, teachers are managing student behaviour, responding to student requests and issues, keeping abreast of messages from staff and parents, attending staff, curriculum and parent meetings, completing yard duties and so on, and so on… In individualised tutoring sessions, tutors are only focused on their student’s learning.
TRACEY HAND | CO-FOUNDER