The Proven Benefits of One to One Tutoring
Updated: Jul 10
Whether your child is learning at their average level or not, one to one instruction is a useful academic and life skill. Plus, it makes learning fun!
A trained tutor can more personally assess a student’s strengths and weaknesses to build confidence. Most students tend to perform poorly in school not due to any general inability. It is the lack of belief in themselves and their ability to perform well on a test, essay, or any academic challenge that creates a grueling cycle of underperformance: “I can’t do it so why bother trying?”
Trained tutors, after spending several hours working with students, will immediately start to notice habits and self-talk that teachers who are instructing a class full of students would not. For example, a student may start a complicated math problem and then get overwhelmed when the problem isn’t solved quickly and give up (“I’m just not good at math and never will be.”). A student may get a writing assignment but write a safe topic to please their teacher or parent rather than a topic they are more personally interested in (and thus would help them earn a higher grade!) because they “just aren’t good at writing.” Trained tutors look at specific problems, help students play to their strengths, and support them in developing their specific weaknesses so that they become more confident to work on challenging subjects.
Social and Language Skills
As the world becomes more interconnected and cultural demographics shift, students are coming of age in a rapidly changing world where communication skills are more significant than ever. One to one tutoring is particularly beneficial for students who are trying to learn English and attend school in the UK or US. In fact, a 2018 psychology study recommended that school psychologists implement peer tutoring for dual language students to supplement their traditional curriculum.
Additionally, today’s students are growing up in a world where much of their communication takes place over the Internet, which can often lead to increased levels of anxiety and antisocial behavior. One to one tutoring allows students to build reinforcing, positive relationships with their tutors, increase their positive social interactions with peers, parents, and teachers, and adapt better to new social situations.
Habits, Habits, Habits
Primary and secondary education programs are geared toward giving students the information and materials they need to succeed in college. However, none are geared toward creating habits. Students who participate in regular, ongoing tutoring in addition to school consistently outperform students who don’t participate in any tutoring programs.
A one to one tutor is like a sports trainer. Trained professionals keep students centered and focused on their work at a regular pace so that they can supplement what they are learning in school. According to a U.S Department of Education study, frequent, weekly tutoring sessions led to a rapid increase in academic performance and allowed students to shift from full tutoring support toward independence in their studies.
Caitlin Ouano is an academic coach for AscendNow. She has been a tutor for the past seven years.