Private Tutoring vs. Small Class Tutoring: Which is better?

Parents and educators alike debate the benefits of private tutoring vs. small class tutoring, but the fact of the matter is that there’s no right or wrong answer because each child learns differently. Tutoring options are available to help students with various learning styles succeed.

Some students excel in the fun, social environment that a small classroom setting has to offer. Other students learn best in a quiet, private environment where the instructor can focus all attention on that one student. The infographic below highlights some of the differences between private tutoring and small classroom tutoring.

Private Tutoring vs. Small Class Tutoring infographic : Which is better?

Private Tutoring

  • Complete one-on-one time with instructor
    • Best for students who are struggling with a topic and need the extra attention
  • Quiet, private environment with instructor
    • Students that are easily distracted by noise or other people thrive in this environment.
  • Typically more expensive than other alternatives
    • Families with a higher income are more likely to choose private tutoring.
  • Learning environment is more focused and tailored to the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses
    • If a student is behind or needs to practice certain subjects or topics, this more focused approach is ideal.

Small Classroom Tutoring

  • Small classroom setting with some individualized attention
    • Kids that might need some individual help with certain topics but that are average or above average in school would do well in this setting.
  • Social environment that encourages interacting with peers
    • Students who need more socialization or who thrive from interaction with their peers would enjoy learning in a classroom environment.
  • Usually more affordable than private tutoring
    • Great for families on a budget!
  • Learning tends to be more interactive and playful (i.e. learning games, group activities, presentations, etc.)
    • Children who get bored easily or need to apply concepts to tangible objects or actions benefit more from interactive activities more than just reading out of a book and doing practice problems.

What type of environment does your student thrive in? Tell us in the comments below!

  Author: Janelle Homier, Marketing and Academy Assistant at A Grade Ahead

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