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What does one to one tutoring or ‘1 on 1’ tutoring involve?

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One to one tutoring means one tutor, one student – it’s as simple as that. A one-to-one tutor only works with one student at a time, spending between 30 minutes and one or two hours with a child. They normally spend this time focusing on one subject, most often maths or English at primary and then maths or the sciences at GCSE and A Level. In a lot of ways it’s like a normal classroom lesson, except that all the teaching is aimed at a single student instead of many. One-to-one tuition can be either through a private arrangement with a tutor or through as part of a tutoring company or maths programme; the tutors can then work with your child either in person at home or online. In person one to one tutoring In person tutoring can involve the tutor coming to your home but more usually involves a journey to the tutor’s house. They may spend some time talking to you before and after the lesson, to discuss homework or performance but you are unlikely to get formal reports. You can however be guaranteed of personalised support for your child. Online one-to-one child tutoring Online one to one tutoring can be done in a variety of ways. Most often it’s through call software like Skype but the more sophisticated tutoring organisations will use a bespoke classroom with specific tools and lesson slides such as this example from our online maths tuition. Choosing to hire a one to one maths tutor isn’t an easy decision. Before you make your pick you’ll want to be sure that whatever option you’re leaning towards, the benefits outweigh the costs. Experiences vary between parents (and companies), but we’ve put together a list of some of the main benefits of one-to-one tutoring over other choices. These benefits apply to in-person and online tutoring. Read more about the online tutoring here. It’s the most obvious benefit of one-to-one tuition, but it’s so often overlooked! Modern classrooms could have anywhere between 20 and 30 students per teacher. With that many children, it’s very difficult for a teacher to give one student a lot of long-term personal focus – especially if they’re middle-of-the-class or struggling just a little. The same might happen (but less dramatically) with group-based tutoring. Even though there are fewer students, tutors generally have to try and divide their time between them equally. This could mean students that need a little more attention to make progress may not get as much help as they need.


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