At school, we are usually taught in large groups by a single teacher who sets the pace for everyone. This is simply an economic necessity, and makes practical sense in many ways. But while peer learning is important and being part of a class can be fun, educational professionals agree that one-to-one learning is often more effective and beneficial.
A tailored learning style
You may have noticed at school or university that everyone learns in different ways. Some people like to perform practical experiments or discuss issues thoroughly, while others prefer to memorise long lists of facts. In a one-to-one situation, the tutor is able to gauge what kind of learning works best and tailor the lesson accordingly. Best of all, they can use examples that are relevant to that particular student or even bring their hobbies and interests into the lesson, making it far more engaging than a dry lecture could ever be.
Just as we all have different learning styles, we all learn at a different pace depending on our particular skills and abilities. Quick learners or very talented pupils are often frustrated by lessons which don’t progress quickly enough, but those who are struggling can find that their questions go unanswered. Learning on a one-to-one basis means working at a pace that suits you.
Get to know your teacher
Sometimes learning isn’t all about the facts. Research shows we learn best from people we get on well with, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, which means getting to know the teacher can actually make lessons easier. Some language courses, such as the Spanish at the Teacher’s Home course from Clic, are organised so that students stay with their tutor, immersing themselves in the context of their learning. This type of course also enables the student and teacher to go out and engage with the environment, learning practically along the way.
Focus on problem areas
In a group situation, a teacher or tutor will most often divide the subject up into its component areas, giving each section equal weight. This can be problematic because most students find certain aspects easier than others. In a one-to-one lesson, time can be allocated according to the individual student’s needs, meaning more time is spent on the areas where they need help.
Ask more questions
Even though asking questions is often encouraged in group situations, not all pupils feel comfortable holding up the class to ask questions or asking for further clarification once questions have been answered. Research shows that students almost always ask more questions in a one-to-one situation, and this increased level of engagement can make a remarkable difference to what the student takes out of the lesson.