When hiring a tutor for their children, many parents tend to assume that it will always be on a one-to-one basis. This is the traditional way that tuition is performed and remains the most popular. However, parents may not realise that there are many other options available for tuition, some of which may be more beneficial for their children. One of them is small group tuition.

Small group tuition, as the name suggests, is when a teacher will lead a miniature group of students through the lessons. It provides a middle ground between a classroom and private tuition – not quite as busy as the former, where the needs of individual students can be overlooked, and not quite as private as the latter, where pupils are unable to work alongside peers. Small group tuition aims to pair students with similar needs, abilities and experiences so that they collectively receive the education they need.

After all, one of the drawbacks of a classroom is that there are many children working across a variety of styles and abilities. Some students may prefer a hands-on learning style while others are better at visual learning. Some may be more gifted at certain aspects of a subject that others are struggling with. This is not the case with small group tuition. Tutors can place students with peers who are working at a similar ability level and with a synonymous learning style.

Some children’s learning styles are unsuitable for a one-to-one environment too. There are pupils who thrive when they are problem-solving and working alongside others. These students may not be able to process a difficult mathematical equation, for example, when it is written down in front of them. But by turning it into a challenge—a race against other students, for example, or partnering up with a buddy to solve the question together—they will comprehend it better. For pupils like this, one-to-one tuition may not be effective in the same way that learning in a small group is.

Of course, one of the main advantages that small group tuition has is that it is not necessarily as limited as a standard classroom. You can schedule small group tuition for a few nights per week so that children are learning more than they would in just a few hours of allocated school time. This can help them catch up if they are behind colleagues at school.