Tutoring one-on-one with an expert has many incredible advantages for students, centering around individualized, direct instruction and deep interaction with a person who is passionate and knowledgeable about the content.
While traditional classrooms introduce concepts and skills that can work for a variety of students, one-on-one tutoring allows for specific and need orientated instruction. Consider this scenario: after reading a famous piece of literature, a student has a hard time understanding why an author would use extended metaphors and epic similes in their writing about war. In a large group or classroom, the student may not feel comfortable expressing their struggles with the entire class, and even if they do, most teachers would not be able to stop the entire classes’ instruction for an individual need. One-on-one, however, a tutor would be able address the question immediately and with the strategy that works best for that particular student. Additionally, because tutors work so closely with students, they are able to track small steps, improvements, and subtleties in learning that can be essential to get students to excel.
Another benefit for our one-on-one strategy is that students get to work closely with experts in their discipline. Our tutors here at Appleton Tutoring Service are extremely passionate about their subjects. Since they know their content inside and out, tutors are able to adapt the delivering of the content to the particular student’s needs and interests. While not everyone can love the intricacies of trigonometry or grammar tenses, experts can present this information in a fun and engaging way that ensures comprehension. Working directly with expert tutors also shows students the questioning, strategies, and skills that an expert uses so that they can adapt these skills in their own lives. For example, direct and immediate instruction from the tutor models good metacognitive skills and study habits that the student can learn from.
In the end, while large group classroom instruction works okay for most students, one-on-one direct tutoring with an expert gives students the strategies, support, and experience to excel in elementary, secondary and higher education!