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Which Is Better: Group VS 1:1 Tuition?



This is a really common question and a topic that divides a lot of parents.

To be frank, there are pros and cons to either form of tuition and the option that’s best really depends on your individual child’s needs and how they learn.


Here’s a breakdown of some of the differences, advantages and disadvantages of each approach. 


1:1 Tuition  - The Pros

Your child gets individual attention and detailed feedback. 


This has to be the greatest benefit of 1:1 lessons. However, it’s important to consider that not all tutors give feedback on a child’s performance and quite a few won’t provide feedback at the end of each lesson.  


When considering 1:1 lessons, make sure you ask the prospective tutor about how much feedback is given and how frequent it will be. 


Your child studies at their own pace. 

A good tutor will always ensure that your child is learning at a pace that suits their academic needs. This is really important. 


Ultimately, you don’t want to spend hundreds or even thousands on lessons that are either too fast paced or too slow. 

   Building a Home

With 1:1 lessons you have the benefit of knowing that your child’s lessons are building up gradually with the purpose of giving them a strong foundation in their key subjects.


Each lesson is a brick that lays the foundation for a beautiful home.


No Interference  

Another benefit of 1:1 lessons is that your child won’t be distracted or interrupted by other students. This is particularly important for children who get distracted easily and don’t cope well around their peers. 

If your child studies best on their own then 1:1 might be the best choice for them. 



Whilst 1:1 lessons can be great, they do have their disadvantages. 




If you’re on a budget then 1:1 lessons might not be the best choice as they are by far the most expensive form of tuition. 


   Academic Performance

Another disadvantage is that 1:1 lessons aren’t always better in terms of improving your child’s academic ability or performance.

For instance, 1:1 lessons inhibit the opportunity for children to learn from each other or to get tips from their peers on how to study a particular topic in an easy way.


Children often learn from their peers and 1:1 lessons take away the opportunity for your child to learn from someone their own age. 

      The Fun Factor

The final disadvantage of 1:1 lessons is that they aren’t always as fun as group classes. 

During group lessons children bounce ideas off of each other, think creatively and have fun. The fact that 1:1 lessons don’t involve other children means that the adventure and exhilaration of learning with others is taken away.


As you can see, the choice of picking 1:1 or group lessons isn’t an easy or straightforward one. You have to weigh up the pros and cons and look at them in relation to how your child learns.  


 The Hybrid Solution 

Personally, I believe that a combination of both tuition types tends to work best for most children.  For instance, having some 1:1 lessons followed by an intensive group course provides children with the best of both worlds.




Are All Tutors The Same? 4 Signs Your Child's Tutor Is The Wrong Pick

Bad Tutors These days it seems as if everyone (or every child) has a private tutor.

In fact, research shows that 25% of children living in London will receive some form of tutoring during their academic lifetime.

That means that 1 out of every 4 children are tutored in some way or another.

It's no wonder why tutoring is a £100 million industry (in the UK) and a multi-billion dollar industry globally.

With so many people offering tutoring services, how does a parent know whether a tutor is wrong for their child?

I've personally observed that many parents are focused on the wrong things when it comes to choosing a tutor for their child.

Here are four clear signs that signal that a tutor isn't the right fit for your child.

Pay careful attention to them because many parents miss these vital things.

Sign 1.

They are clueless about the curriculum. It doesn't matter if your child

is learning algebra, Shakespeare or calculus, their learning needs to fit around

some sort of curriculum especially if the child is sitting an exam on the subject.

Ask your tutor during the first meeting whether they are well versed on the relevant

curriculum for the subject they're teaching in.

Sign 2.

They're a know-it-all.

Remember those teachers at school who just rambled on and on about random things that were in hardly relevant to the subject?

The teachers who just went on and on and on and on but didn't actually break down a topic into bite sized chunks? Those types of 'teachers' aren't really that great.

In fact, they'll usually just chatter away for an hour or two talking about something that's irrelevant to your child's learning and will bill you for all that talk after!

Make sure you either sit-in on the first lesson or have a mini-interview (or even a casual talk) with your child's tutor so that you can decipher whether they're a chitter-chatterer or a genuinely great teacher.

Sign 3.

They are money-greedy.

Notice that I didn't use the word money-hungry? Money-hungriness in itself

isn't a bad thing (we all need to earn a living don't we?)

However, money-greedy tutors usually only care about one thing-

earning more money without proving a service that is valuable to their clients.

Signs that your tutor is money-greedy include things like not turning up to lessons whilst expecting to be paid, constantly increasing their prices without proper notification and

sending invoices for lessons that didn't take place (yes some tutors do that!)

The fourth and final sign is that they're not passionate about teaching!

Good teachers and tutors love educating others and genuinely gain at least a sprinkle of joy from their jobs.

Bad tutors hate their jobs and are only in it for the money or because they have nothing else to do or can't be asked to find another job.

Have you ever come across or hired a bad tutor? What did they do that was wrong? What signs did you notice that weren't great? Leave a comment below and share your experience.

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