Why does one-to-one private maths tuition work?

Private tuition, once reserved solely for the privileged few, is now more accessible than it has ever been. It has been reported that 25% of London parents alone hire a private tutor for their child. Parents have been shown to be willing to spend up to £60 an hour investing in their child’s education. The government were so convinced by the power of private tuition; they decided to invest millions into the one-to-one tuition program in schools. So we know that private maths tuition works, but why? In this article I’ll break down six crucial factors driving the success behind private maths tuition.

It allows learning to be personalised

One-to-one means just that, one teacher, one student. Each student receives both unique focus and unique attention. Learning becomes personal to the learner, and this factor is crucial not only in determining how much an individual learns, but also the depth to which they learn. Learning is a personal experience. We each learn differently at different times in our lives. If a teacher sets out to teach an entire class how to measure bearings for example, but there are a few students who are able to grasp the concept within the first 10 minutes, it is a lot more difficult for that teacher to personalise their learning experience. With private tuition, the tutor is able to move on to something which extends learning at the precise moment it is required to do so.

Differentiation is a lot easier to achieve

Differentiation is the practice of teaching different aspects of a learning concept at greater and lesser degrees of difficulty. For example, a classroom teacher, when teaching how to find percentages of amounts, needs to prepare the lesson so that students who can find 10% of amounts, as well as students who can find 17 ½ % of amounts, both not only have something to do, but are both equally challenged. The private maths tutor is in a better position to do this effortlessly. As soon as students show signals that the work is too hard, or indeed too easy, they can change the task, ask a different question or consolidate prior knowledge. Which brings us to my next point.

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