3 hidden benefits of group tutoring

3 hidden benefits of group tutoring

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With a growing popularity in private tutoring, particular one-to-one home tutoring, many people have asked us why we developed a programme based on group rather than individual private tutoring.

Our experience and a growing body of evidence have shown that the small group tutoring model is the most effective way of accelerating learning.  

Here are some hidden benefits of group tutoring. As your son or daughter progresses through the GT Scholars Programme we’re sure you’ll find many more.

Inspires creativity and creative problem solving.

The modern definition of creativity is not only about creating art, design or stories; researchers are also expanding the definition to include the ability to think laterally and critically and to make intelligent decisions.

Students who participate in group tutoring sessions have the opportunity to develop ideas and to solve problems collectively, drawing on each other’s understanding of the problem at hand.

We’ve witnessed a marked acceleration in individual learning from solving problems as a group as compared to one-on-one tutoring sessions.

We’ve also found that students reflecting collectively on what worked and what didn’t work, cements the learning for the longer term.

Increases collaborative skills.

A majority of modern workplaces are looking for highly collaborative staff. Technology has had a big part to play in this, increasing our connectedness and requiring that staff are more accessible and have better communication skills.

A school classroom can play a part increasing collaboration skills but our experience has shown that a smaller group setting with more support and greater intimacy can be very powerful in showing students the value of collaboration.

In a one-to-one tutoring session the student has to only respond to their tutor. In a group setting they learn to work with others and respond more quickly and also have their opinions and ideas valued and questioned.

After seeing confident students graduate from the programme we are convinced that group tutoring provides the most positive environment for increasing collaborative skills and securing future careers.

Promotes healthy competition

Highly effective group tutoring also fosters friendships based around learning and mastery and peer groups that are positive and supportive.

It’s so important for students to connect with peers that will encourage their learning rather than detract from it.

Research has shown that focusing on mastering new skills and knowledge rather than academic performance results in better academic achievement. 

At GT Scholars we are committed to shifting the students focus towards skills and knowledge mastery rather than performance and we find that the result is some healthy competition between the scholars to master aspects of their subjects.

This is one of the big differences between group and individual tutoring. In a supported group setting the students see others understanding aspects of the learning and rather than becoming deflated, they want to get better. Their motivation to compete accelerates their learning.

We work very hard on making sure that the competition remains healthy and all students are supported in their desire to achieve.

The GT Scholars Programme is a high impact tutoring programme in Croydon founded on the belief that every child should have the chance and the choice to succeed academically and in their chosen career.

To register your interest in the GT Scholars Programme visit www.gtscholars.org/register-your-interest

3 ways to boost your child’s academic confidence

3 ways to boost your child’s academic confidence

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The way your child feels about their subjects often dictates how successful they are in getting good grades.

We’re not talking about self-esteem here, but self confidence – the perception a student has in their capacity to complete a difficult task in a subject, to pass their exams and to understand and analyse complex information.

One of our key tasks at GT Scholars is to work on steadily increasing your child’s confidence levels. We’ve worked with students who have started our program with next to no confidence and have seen them grow and flourish both academically and personally. Here’s some of the many strategies we use to build confidence in our students.

Provide creative solutions to difficult problems

One of main reasons why students struggle with a subject is that they haven’t been given effective strategies for understanding and applying the information they are presented with.

In a large classroom a teacher often presents a problem and then explains how to get to the solution. If a particular student doesn’t relate to the explanation or if the teacher moves on too quickly then the learning is lost and the student loses confidence.

If this pattern is repeated, the child’s confidence reduces to a point that the student has no energy for tackling almost any task related to the subject.

At GT Scholars we work with students to find very practical strategies that work for them and take the time to ensure these strategies work. This often involves lateral thinking, understanding how the student learns and brainstorming solutions.

Search for and celebrate the small victories

When a student’s confidence is deflated they have very little faith that they can conquer even the smallest of tasks. We see every small success as a sign that the student is beginning to understand that they can achieve more than they thought they could.

When we tutor and mentor our scholars we look for the glimmers of understanding and foster them. We celebrate small victories. The big victories definitely come later as the small victories pile up.

Foster a love for the subject

Some people might consider that a student who hates maths will always hate maths but we’ve found that’s definitely not the case. A dislike of a subject is often linked to a lack of confidence around it. When the confidence builds, so too does the value attributed to the subject.

Our tutors are passionate about the subjects they teach and their passion often flows through to the students who come to our sessions.

We show them just how much they can do with Maths, English and Science as mastering these subjects opens up whole new worlds and future opportunities that could have been completely missed if not for the GT Scholars Programme.
The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme for young people aged 11-16.

Scholars receive support through tutoring, mentoring, enrichment and skill-building activities that are specifically designed to improve their grades at school, help them get them into top universities and help them enter competitive careers.

To find out more about the GT Scholars Programme and arrange a free telephone consultation with a member of our team visit www.gtscholars.org/register-your-interest