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Ability Grouped Tuition In Favour of a Personal
It is vitally important
that parents realise the difference between
Private Tuition and Matched Group Tuition and what they can expect from
both. Having taught numerous children on a one to one basis for three
years and then having switched to only teaching in groups my findings
were as follows:
in 'The Importance of Assessment.'
tuition on the whole will generally improve each student's conceptual
understanding and knowledge of various skills. What it will not and
cannot address is a child's low level of confidence and self-esteem
within the classroom. It must be understood that private tuition, and
this applies especially to the younger child, often leads to a greater
dependence on having someone to confirm they are correct before they
move on to the next question.
in turn can cause a child to feel
that they need the same in school and will cause them to seek this
reassurance from their teacher who may in fact become irritated by the
child's insecurities which are causing them to constantly seek their
teacher's attention. It can also be seen how a confident child, who has
a private tutor to extend their skills further, can become insecure
when they do not have the reassurance of the one to one situation.
be the case, but you would be wrong. The basic
set up with one to one tuition usually finds the tutor spending an hour
each week either in their own home or the child's. They will then start
to teach the child what they feel they need to know, first assessing
the needs of the child. They will then explain in detail what is to be
done and then effectively sit back and wait for the child to make a
means, in many
instances that the
child is not actually
extracting information from a page themselves but already being taught
that it is fine to rely on someone else to do this for them. Any
mistakes are usually quickly corrected. A good tutor will then prepare
back up material to consolidate the concepts that are requiring
attention. Others will just move on and repeat the procedure next time
a similar problem is met. This means that the child never actually
works independently on the problem topics and therefore never builds
the confidence to tackle them on their own.
feels safe within the confines of their own home everything is fine.
However, it must be remembered that most children's problems stem from
the classroom set up. This often explains why so many children in
receipt of private tuition do not gain the necessary confidence which
they must have in order to begin taking risks whilst at school.
on the other hand brings opportunities for
healthy competition, a sharing of ideas and ways of working. There are
times when work can be given and for the children to go and get on with
it without being overlooked. It is important that people be allowed to
make mistakes as this is the way that we learn. Going back to make
corrections and then reinforcing the concepts involved on their own is
an important step in developing as an independent learner.
may attend for two hours instead of one hour with a personal tutor.
They will cover maybe only the same amount of work but the experiences
that they will have will enable them to access the curriculum in a much
more positive and enjoyable way in school.