Some of the questions that you may find yourself asking include:
What is my child interested in?
What is my child’s learning style?
What kind of education can help my child to achieve their goals in life?
that has a big influence on your child’s learning is whether the teaching format is one-on-one or in
the context of a group. Let’s consider each of these modes of learning separately to see when each
might be helpful and how each type affects your child.
attention for the entire duration of the class. One-on-one teaching is most common in the following
Specialist tutoring in music and language
and the student can learn at his or her own pace.
make quicker progress. As there are no other students demanding the teacher’s attention, the child
has constant support, can ask questions whenever they want and can receive immediate feedback
on their work. This focused attention can help the teacher to correct misunderstandings and bad
habits quickly and also allows the teacher to try a different approach if the child is struggling to
want to learn a subject with low demand locally (like an obscure language or instrument), and who
thrive on undivided adult attention. It is an excellent choice for cerebral subjects like academics
no other students to share the cost of the teacher’s time. This can put one-on-one learning out of
the reach of some families. This kind of learning also requires extended focus from the student and
could prove too intense for children with short attention spans or those who thrive on peer interaction.
consider investing in pre-recorded video classes that your child can watch again and again until
they have grasped each key point. Many of these online courses also offer email support if your
child has questions that aren’t covered in the course material. For supporting learning at home,
you can find simple hands on math activities and activities for other subjects that you can do
one-on-one with your child.
break into pairs or small groups to complete a task based on the content presented. Group instruction
is typically used for:
Creative classes like art, dance, and theater
of the students or is designed to be open-ended so that each student completes the activity to his
or her own ability.
collaborate and negotiate without constant teacher input. This helps the students to develop
more independence and practice their problem-solving skills. It also provides opportunities for
competition, which can be a great motivator when used with discernment. Extroverted and very
active children tend to do well with group learning, especially when they are encouraged to ask
questions and seek additional support when needed.
curve may find that group learning doesn’t meet their needs. If the student falls too far behind the
group, they can feel like a failure and lack the support they need to keep progressing at their own
pace. Gifted students who move too far ahead can stop trying hard and become complacent with
their learning, become frustrated at the lack of challenge, or feel resentful if the teacher uses them
too often as a tutor for their peers.
of one-on-one and group learning is usually the best. For one child, that might entail classroom
learning with individual tutor support after hours. For another, it might mean homeschooling for
academic subjects and group classes for the active and creative ones.
their learning and helping them to become more aware of the factors that help or hinder them. You
can also observe how your child behaves in different learning situations and use that information
to help you form a plan together with your child.
difficulties with reading or math), capitalizing on their strengths is important for improving their
confidence and helping them to maximize their potential. We all like to feel like we’re good at
activities on this site. You can also read the instructions and blog posts in languages other than
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She frequently writes about the latest developments in teaching, public policy, standardized testing,
and educational technology for sites like HeyTutor.