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  • Writer's pictureBrian Ricks

Is Group Tutoring Right for Me?

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

At Brick’s Tutoring, we offer group tutoring in addition to one-on-one sessions. Each type of tutoring offers its own set of advantages and disadvantages depending on the particular student. Each individual has their own set of specific needs that need to be addressed before choosing which option is best for you. If you’re interested in group tutoring, it’s important to understand the differences between the two.

What Is Group Tutoring Better For?

Offers A Lower Cost Per Student

Sometimes cost can be a factor when choosing which tutoring session is best. With group tutoring sessions, the price of a tutor gets divided between the number of students making it more affordable. If you’re planning on having many sessions, this could be the best option for you.

Students Who Learn Better With Friends

When studying in a group session, your friends can offer ideas and ask questions that you may not have thought of. They can provide a support system to help you get through similar problems than if you were just one-on-one with a tutor. Studying with friends also provides opportunities to gain different perspectives into the material and learn faster.

Advanced Courses

With advanced math and science courses, particularly high school Advanced Placement (AP) and college-level courses, it’s more common to see students teaming up. These advanced courses tend to have a number of large problem sets for homework and cover a lot of material between exams. Working together with a tutor is a great way for every student in a study group to keep up with the course material for a better understanding.

What Is Group Tutoring Not Better For?

Struggling Students

For those students who are really struggling to pass a course or exam, group tutoring is not the best option. These students need one-on-one tutoring because it will likely be more effective in targeting the exact areas where the student needs the most help.

Different Skill Levels

Group tutoring is not beneficial for those students who are at a significantly different skill level than their peers. This is especially true when one student is farther behind in the course or is having a more difficult time with the course material.

Solo Learners

Students who are better solo learners or otherwise are not well suited for learning within a group. For example, a student who is shy or hesitant to ask all of the questions they need when around peers would not benefit from group tutoring sessions.

Busy Schedules

Students who are very busy due to extracurriculars or work obligations may find it difficult to align schedules for group tutoring.

Ready to Get Started?

Whether you prefer groups or one-on-one tutoring, I offer both private and group tutoring sessions for all learning styles throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and NYC. I will meet you on campus, at your home, in a coffee shop, or wherever you feel comfortable. Call (619) 880-0133 to learn more or schedule your first session.

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