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.
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