09 July 2018

Pros &Cons of Every Type of Tutoring You Need to Know Before Choosing

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Tutoring offers many benefits for students. Beside the obvious of helping them improving their understanding (and hopefully, grade) upon a subject, tutoring also help them setting time aside to study effectively, as well as developing good study habit that may last well until a long time.

Tutoring is also offered in various forms: one-on-one, small group, or even online. If you’re looking to hire one, you should be familiar first with the types offered so you can choose which one will benefit you the most.

Many Types of Tutoring

1.      One-on-One Tutoring

One-on-one tutoring is the most popular tutoring type, it seems, maybe because of its effectivity. Just like the name, one-on-one tutoring means a tutor will be responsible to help one student in a session. Because there are only two party during a session, the tutoring itself can be customized according to the student’s need.

One-on-one tutoring is arguably the most effective form of tutoring. Because you will be the sole student in the tutoring session, you are free to ask the tutor to slow down their explanation or repeat it. If you have difficulty over a certain task, you can also spend enough time for them to drill the solution into your head until you understand. Not only that, with one-on-one tutoring, if one day you are unable to attend the session, you can simply request your tutor to change the date, because there’s no other student that may have different opinion.

For the con arguments, one-on-one tutoring is obviously more expensive than the other type. However, cheap or expensive is always relative and everybody has different opinion over a product or service’s price. However, if you take note of the benefits, including the effectivity and the satisfaction of the student, the high price of one-on-one tutoring is worth it.

2.      Small Group Tutoring

Small group tutoring is where you and your friends decided to hire a tutor together. The effective number of member for this group is from 2-5. More than that and you risk the chance to get enough attention from your tutor. Small group tutoring is also popular, although maybe not as much as one-on-one tutoring, because it also offers special benefit that one-on-one tutoring doesn’t.

First, small group tutoring is usually cheaper, because you have a tutor and several students. While the rate isn’t simply the rate of one tutor split into three or four (depending on the number of members), you definitely will pay less than those that hire the same tutor for one-on-one session. Second, having friends during tutoring can actually improve your study experience. You have more head to discuss things with, so you’ll get more insight and understanding about the subject. Outside the tutoring session, you and your group members can also be study buddy, ensuring you to still learn effectively even without the presence of your tutor.

The cons for small group tutoring is that your tutoring session won’t be as exclusive as one-on-one tutoring. You can’t hog the attention of the tutor alone, but must share with your fellow students. However, this shouldn’t be a problem much, as long as the number is not more than five. Beside that, small group tutoring can be distracting, if you’re the type who prefer learning alone. You’ll need to focus yourself harder and try not to talk or play around with your groupmates, or you will just waste the session altogether.

3.      Online Tutoring

Online tutoring has been growing in popularity, thanks to the rise of internet. Online tutoring offers practicality that the two others don’t. The process to find and hire a tutor is fast and easy, and you can practically receive any lesson wherever you want, including but not limited on your dinner table (where you can sneak yourself a cup of nuts during the lesson) or even when you are out of the city.

The best pro arguments for online tutoring is the aforementioned practicality. You can search for them online, do interview and negotiate via email, and before you know it the lesson would be started and you got to reap the benefits. Another important benefit is that you can record your tutor easily when he or she is explaining (with consent, of course) so you can replay it later. You can do this in offline tutoring as well, but that would be quite a hassle. Online tutoring usually also offers cheaper rate, because your tutor don’t have to spend money for operating expense, like transportation cost to reach you at your home.

Like other types, online tutoring also has con arguments. First, for some people, online tutoring isn’t effective enough because they don’t get as immersed during study session as they do when they have tutoring face-to-face. Second, online tutoring isn’t actually as practical as we think, because while we can do it anywhere we want, we’ll still have to provide internet access and computer or laptop to start.

Choosing the Right One

So, only from looking at their pros and cons, do you already have any idea what kind of tutoring will help you the most? It really depends on how badly you need it, the difficulty level of your subject, your learning style, as well as your location and your budget.

If you have high budget with serious problem in a certain subject, I believe you’ll be more suitable for one-on-one tutoring. Another type of student that will be benefited by one-on-one is the type that find themselves difficult to focus. For certain subject that requires you to discuss or speak a lot, for example foreign language, small group tutoring could be more fun and more effective as well. If you have to be a little bit tight with money, or live quite far away from your campus or the city, then online tutoring is not a bad option at all.

So, which one of them will suit your needs best?