Updated: Nov 2, 2021
No two learners share the same learning style or preferences. While some thrive in a group setting, others might prefer to learn in a more private, one-on-one session. Yet, at Learning Point, the science of teaching a group class has been honed to a fine art. Here are some reasons why group classes are a more popular and better option than 1-1:
Nature of the Discipline
Whether it is English Language, Mathematics or Science, these school subjects are essentially life skills at the elementary level of pursuit in school. Unlike content-heavy subjects like History or those that demand personalised coaching like Art or individual sports, English Language is a communication tool that is best learnt and practised with fellow learners apart from doing so with the teacher.
Likewise, for both Mathematics and Science (EIM and EIS) at Learning Point where they are offered as enrichment programmes beyond preparing the learners for their school examinations, group classes provide the conducive environment for young learners to acquire and practise the application of concepts and strategies as well as techniques of inquiry that are central to the mastery of these subjects.
Each Student Gets Noticed
In a small group class setting, every student enjoys substantial attention from the teacher who encourages them to take part actively in class discussions, share their observations and express their opinions. In so doing, not only do students learn more in group classes, but they also learn faster. Their learning is enhanced by the confidence that students develop in the process of internalising a newly-taught set of knowledge, skills and even dispositions together with their peers.
Group classes are a microcosm of like-minded groups in one’s life
In a group class, individual students connect closely with their peers and become more confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives. These connections are great practice grounds for nurturing their soft skills of active listening and turn-taking skills that a student needs in order to thrive in the globalized 21st century.
Contrasting this with a class in a 1-1 setting, the dynamics of peer interaction is totally non-existent. In this light, the sheer lack of a multilateral interaction for a student in a 1-1 setting has a significant impact on the way a discipline or subject is acquired or mastered. It likens to a self-study pursuit albeit with a guide on the side.
Bearing the nature of the subjects (English Language, Mathematics or Science) in mind, it makes simple sense why the group class is the optimal setting for young learners than a 1-1 setting.