Why tuition is about more than just learningBy Patrick Jones, UniversityHerald Reporter
Completing a degree takes a multitude of skills, a huge amount of dedication, and, most of all, a lot of your time. Naturally, you might have chosen a course based on existing passions, or maybe you simply wanted a challenge, but anyone would agree that succeeding in your chosen discipline might begin with a benign interest but a great final grade is only achieved with deep understanding. In fact, it's been a relatively accepted reality that tutoring - as an accompaniment to full-time education - has a wealth of value to a student, especially considering the specialist nature of many university degrees.
Reflecting on the developments of recent years has largely meant using increasingly remote learning techniques, performing independent-research, and conducting some of the learning processes via digital means. It really piles pressure on students to learn in isolation. In physical seminars or lecture halls, one-on-one time with a student could be limited enough, without sending the entire class online. It's wise to consider tutoring as a means of benefiting your development whether you're simply in need of a catch-up, there's a significant obstacle slowing you down, or you simply want to solidify previous learnings for the longer-term.
The average American university class is roughly 35 at its smallest and well over 100 at its largest. As far as learning environments go, there are pretty distinct pros and cons. The main issues we find with busy classrooms are the distractions and inability of a professor to deal with every student's needs. Keeping up isn't guaranteed, even for the brightest. What's more, the classroom can be a much higher-pressure environment for a student, less conducive to active listening and learning.
Tutoring has the added benefit of offering a tailored approach, fine-tuning a student's progress. Say you're in need of additional math tuition, on a highly specific theorem: dealing with those issues quickly, in a friendly and engaged setting with a personal tutor who has studied the same complex ideas, means those issues don't become ingrained. After all, confidence issues are also less likely to take hold if a student isn't worrying about a certain topic cropping up in an exam later on. Tutoring means a well-rounded understanding is more likely to be achieved.
The important stuff
It's a common routine: you're doing coursework and stumble across something you don't understand. It's great to be able to step in and guide your child, but it's by no means a long-term solution. A huge benefit of private tutoring is the ability to teach a student greater self-reliance in time management, problem-solving, and real enthusiasm for a subject. The best students are highly self-assured and capable of tackling new ideas at a moment's notice.
A professional is far better at teaching that sort of softer skill, along with the actual theories featured in a course. They can help students learn beyond a curriculum, discover their strengths, and grow in their ability to tackle complex problems alone, rather than relying on the help of those around them. Tutors, after all, aren't there to simply get coursework done - their undivided attention is priceless to a young mind.
Working around you
The reality is that for all the time we might spend in seminars and lectures, the exam seasons and final years are the ones that count. What's more, your life is going to likely to become busier and more hectic as you grow up, find friendship groups, join societies, and mature. Tutors above everything offer flexibility that the professors simply can't. Being able to access online, additional resources as they go, fitting in sessions around your schedule, and working with someone who can suit your unique learning style - it's all massively valuable, and incredibly useful to an individual going into a critical exam period.