Posted on the 15th September
Learning can seem like a chore sometimes. Keeping motivated in a plethora of subjects requires persistence and motivation to continue acquiring and applying knowledge. Continuous learning certainly is not easy and can seem daunting. We are all wired differently and yet we are pushed into sitting exams at school that may not interest us or that we naturally struggle with.
Going through my own education, I found my motivation under the guise of a metaphor from a video game. It may not work for you but it will help you visualise the importance of continuous learning. A skill tree. My main focus wasn’t to complete every single branch but to ensure that throughout my life, I never closed one entirely.
Developing variety in your skill-set and competencies will help open the door to future opportunities and form an integral part of your personal and professional development by reducing the risk of stagnation and help maximise your potential from a young age. This brings me to the title of the blog. The 7 most important benefits of tuition. Whilst school has its positives; carefully curated, structured and engaging one-to-one tuition help students understand their shortcomings in an open and honest way without making them feel ashamed and will help them flourish in topics they are actively seeking to do well in.
So here we go, a definitive list of the most important benefits of getting tuition to run alongside current academic studies:
This is number one on our list and should not be a surprise. It is the primary reason that people look for tuition. To help improve grades. Whilst grades should never and will never define you, it is no secret that achieving high grades will give you a head start. The culmination of all the benefits listed above is that tutoring has been proven to boost student grades at all levels. If you are averaging a high C grade / low grade 8 then participating in just a singular tuition session per week for a block of ten weeks see an average grade improvement of 1.75. Taking that high C grade to an A!
At the end of the day, you may not feel like tuition is for you. Even with all of these benefits, you may struggle to come to terms with looking for tuition because of the stigma it has around it. Perceived by many as a last-ditch attempt to recover grades in failing subjects. I promise you, that stigma has evaporated over the last 24 to 36 months. The pandemic has forced parents, students and schools to rethink their approach to education to ensure that the students of today are not underprepared.
How often do you hear people say, “Ah well, you actually need to do this before you can do that”? It is pretty common nowadays. Without a fundamental sequence of knowledge in a particular topic, you cannot progress further. It isn’t to say you won’t understand it straight away but it will make your progress shaky and uncertain which can lead to a drop in confidence. Trying to complete factoring algebra without being able to solve equations through “cancelling” is like trying to walk across a tight rope wearing shoes 4 sizes too big. Sure, it can be done but you wouldn’t catch me trying it. (Although, that’s mainly because I am scared of heights).
Without the foundation of knowledge in fundamental topics, it becomes increasingly more difficult to continue layering more complex concepts on top. Tuition can help sure up those building blocks and provide a solid foundation to continue learning upon. The ability is there in tutoring sessions to really deep dive into the root cause of a problem through targeted questions and tasks that may not be provided to the student in a classroom. Keeping a stable foundation in each subject can allow for greater opportunities as a student progresses through life and provide them with the chance to find new passions and interests as they develop.
This goes hand in hand with the benefit listed above. Tuition can help fill in knowledge gaps that may prevent progression. It is slightly different though as tuition can be used in this way to help students learn new concepts, theories and laws that they can then apply to their current subject knowledge.
Helping to expand a student's knowledge and layer on more challenging concepts is crucial in helping to develop their skillset and improve their grades. The extra learning time that tuition sessions provide allows for more complex breakdowns and analysis of topics that are not available in the classroom due to time and resource constraints.
Tutors aren’t just mentors, they know their stuff. Each tutor at Sherpa is individually vetted and interviewed by a member of the team to ensure that they are not just competent but will exceed expectations. The additional benefit of tuition sessions on Sherpa is that we have a wide variety of qualified UK teachers who conduct private 1-1 sessions so you can continue expanding that knowledge with a professional.
You can find a list of our qualified UK teachers available for tuition sessions here.
Through tutoring, students can learn study habits that they may miss through the standardized rigid school teaching hours of 9 till 3. Social, behavioural and independence skills that students learn from tuition sessions will be a massive benefit to them in and out of school. They can learn to recognise and control their own learning pace and take initiative for homework or coursework that they may have. Rather than watching a class go by passively and retaining little information because they may be feeling hungry, tired or simply burnt out they are able to take control and schedule sessions that suit them. This flexibility helps increase attainment, confidence, working habits and promotes a healthier lifestyle.
Online tuition has come on leaps and bounds over the last 2 years (no points awarded for guessing why… sorry). Being able to conduct lessons from the comfort of your own home is not just a plus for students but also for the tutors. Tuition works best when it is free of constrictions and the atmosphere is lighthearted and jovial. Having both sides feel comfortable can only lead to positive results, outside distractions have less impact and the time can be spent ensuring that the correct content is covered to improve grades.
Anxiety in the classroom is becoming more common, a whole host of students feel overwhelmed by a crippling feeling of social anxiety when they are asked questions in class by their teachers. This happens for a multitude of reasons and most common of which is the feeling of being teased by other students. Anxiety is difficult to identify in a classroom but the Teachers Guide to Anxiety by the Child Mind Institute gives us a fascinating insight into the classroom.
One-to-one tutoring alleviates one of the biggest forms of anxiety that can stop learning progress in its tracks. Social anxiety. Having a place free from judgement and away from a busy classroom can help students feel more comfortable, allowing them to ask questions that will help progress their understanding and knowledge on certain topics. Tutoring is not designed to operate exactly like a school classroom, it is there for the niches, the nooks and crannies, silly questions, complex questions and anything in between. It should not be viewed as a flag that a child is not receiving the correct education but as a complementary tool used to enhance learning, just like a laptop, a whiteboard or a pen and paper.
As great as the classroom is for getting students to a base level, sometimes it is just not viable or practical for a teacher to be able to tailor sessions to each individual, no matter how hard they may try. Everyone learns in different ways. There are 7 main learning styles but that is not to say that they work all the time. It depends on the information being delivered, the subject, the mood of the individual, etc… There are so many different impacts upon learning styles in a classroom. Tuition alleviates this problem. It allows for resources to be carefully curated towards a student’s needs and preferred learning style. Whether that is:
A tutor will have a much closer relationship with the student and be able to correctly identify the best way to tune lessons to ensure maximum information retention. That isn’t to say teachers do the exact same thing, because they do. But their ability to implement it in a class of 30 others is limited. This adaptation of teaching methods and resources help a student feel more valued, which in turn builds confidence and motivation to succeed.
Now I am going to make no attempt to hide this as a cliche. But it is one for a reason. Learning new things and excelling in topics provides a sense of accomplishment. This, in turn, boosts the confidence we have in our own abilities. As tuition is so focused on student accomplishment, every single session students will come away with renewed belief. Not only will this self-belief help them in that particular topic but will help them feel more ready to take on new challenges, progressing them further and paving the way for more opportunities to accomplish. A never-ending cycle or even… a… skill tree. With exams coming back into effect this year; the importance of healthy self-confidence in students has never been higher. https://www.marlborough.org/news/~board/health-and-wellness/post/the-importance-of-healthy-self-confidence-in-students
Awareness is one of the best employability traits you can have. Continually learning and growing opens the mind and changes attitudes or beliefs by building upon what you already know. The more you learn, across a variety of topics, the more empathetic you will become as you will have the ability to see multiple sides of the same situation. This awareness will also help you adapt to unexpected changes and increase resilience.
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