Is Group Tutoring More Effective? Choices for Parents


Is Group Tutoring More Effective? Choices for Parents

If you have decided to address your child’s academic success by hiring a tutor, there are a number of options available. Some tutoring sessions can be held in professional after-school buildings, where private tutoring companies provide space and instruction. Other tutors are independent contractors, and may be willing to conduct weekly sessions in the privacy of the student’s home, and under the supervision of parents.

Which method is the best fit for your child and their academic needs? We discuss the advantages of formal after-school learning centers, home tutoring and e-learning to help you make the right choice for your child.

The Advantages of Tutoring Centers

For some students and in certain situations, it makes sense to use a formal tutoring center for after-school or weekend learning. There are many advantages for students who may have a problem focusing and studying inside the home. Many families see a measurable improvement when tutoring sessions are taken to a more formal place, devoid of all the distractions of the home environment.

Tutoring centers have all the equipment and resources needed to provide high-quality instruction, including quiet study space, computers and textbooks and supplies. A formal tutoring center also offers support in a variety of subject areas, which is ideal for students who need to address more than one academic skill. Centers may also provide more flexibility when it comes to scheduling, and a structured study plan that parents can review.

Learn more about whether a tutoring center or private tutor is better for your child.

The Benefits of Home Tutoring

Home tutoring can be more expensive, but for some families it is the best solution for augmenting daytime education with after-hour support. There are logistical benefits to home tutoring in terms of convenience, but also supervision and feedback. Some parents prefer to be in proximity to the tutor in order to encourage their child, participate in the learning, or closely monitor behavior and progress.

In large family environments where there are multiple school aged children, it can be difficult to achieve a quiet place to study for the student and tutor. Home study presents a number of distractions including games, personal devices and the F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out) mentality, when other children in the home are free to play.

One area of innovation and growth is online learning for children. Many companies are now providing distance education and tutoring through Skype or other web conferencing platforms that allow them to share course materials, discuss and collaborate online with the student. The Global E-Learning market was estimated to earn $165 billion dollars in 2014 and was projected to reach $243 billion by 2022.

Private vs. Group Tutoring for Your Child

Tutoring is an excellent way to address your child’s academic needs, and is proven to help children master the time management skills they need to excel in day-school. Whether your family chooses a group tutoring service, or private one-on-one tutoring depends entirely on the strength and needs of your child, and your budget.

Group tutoring sessions offer a number of advantages for parents, and tend to be more economical. Certain collaborative subject areas like computers, science, or creative writing can create a social learning environment that is effective for some students. They may even be more receptive to learning when they acknowledge that other students experience the same difficulties.

When tutoring is required because a child has failed to embrace the core skills needed in mathematics or technical subjects, one-on-one tutoring is usually advised, particularly if the child is introverted or prone to anxiety. Many children feel lost in the shuffle of large classrooms, but will excel when given the opportunity to work in a focused way with a professional tutor they trust.

Tutoring in elementary school and high school is a solution to ensure that all children receive the time to embrace the fundamentals that will help make them successful in college, and in their future careers. No matter what method you choose, results are consistently favorable with tutored students who raise their grade level and achieve greater social confidence and skills.

About Jared R

Jared, founder of The Knowledge Roundtable, is passionate about the advancement of knowledge. He has a B.S. in astronomy and physics from UMass and an MBA in Advanced Financial Analytics, also from UMass. He has a day job as a Data Scientist in Boston. He has over 500 hours of tutoring experience in everything from algebra to writing. He taught our SAT prep group courses for two years in NH, and before that developed educational content for math, stats, and finance textbooks for two years. His teaching style is hands-on with a focus on problem-solving and critical thinking.

  1. Anne Nitz 06/02/2017, 12:32 am Reply

    Children struggling with their daily homework or school work. And suffering from some mental or physical disability required some extra attention and help. But, If your child is confident about the studies and know each and every topic and its related things clearly than, he/she will be confident about the the subject. Some extra help or tutoring about the project might help them to be confident about their performance, and will build confidence in them. By getting to the root of the problem, tutors can adjust their methods to accommodate your child’s particular needs.