Signing up to work with a private tutor is a great investment toward your academic success. If you’re curious about how to get better grades, a one-on-one tutoring session might be the right choice for you. But how does it really differ from classroom learning? When you’re really struggling, you might be convinced you’re a lost cause. Maybe you’re telling yourself “I’m just not a math person.”
You might be surprised, however, at how a few critical differences can make a huge impact on your learning. Here are just a few of the ways private tutoring can get you back on track:
In a traditional classroom, the teacher has to choose which material to focus on, based on what the majority of the students need. Usually that’s fine, but sometimes you don’t need what the rest of the class needs. In those moments, you might find yourself drifting off into an abyss of distraction and disinterest. When that happens, you’re likely to disengage and miss some pertinent information.
If that has happened to you, a tutor can be extremely helpful. Because the tutoring sessions are one-on-one, the lessons are personalized to your needs. You won’t need to struggle for attention or feel lost in the group. Every example and every question is based on what you need to know – plus, most tutors are well-versed in customizing their lessons based on your learning style and individual needs.
Have you ever had a question in class, but then decided not to ask it? Maybe you were worried that people would laugh or you were embarrassed that you didn’t understand the material. In a one-on-one tutoring session, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s just you and your tutor, so you can ask every single question you want to know the answer to. No one will judge you and no one will laugh. The tutoring session is your private opportunity to learn as much as you can.
Recognizing your achievements can be a great source of motivation. After all, who doesn’t like to celebrate an accomplishment? In class, you might not get recognized for finally learning the Pythagorean Theorem (until test time, of course!). In a one-on-one tutoring session, though, your tutor will notice each new thing you’ve learned and will be able to celebrate it with you. More importantly, he or she can use that success to take your learning to the next level. Schooling isn’t all about accolades and recognition, but it is nice to get sometimes and, well, a little celebrating is a great way to get energized about learning!
So there you have it – three seemingly-simple differences that actually make a huge impact on your academic success. Ready to try it out? Even a few tutoring sessions can get you up to speed. Schedule lessons with a TakeLessons tutor, and see how private tutoring can help you or your child get better grades this year.
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