10 reasons why it’s worth considering HSC tutoring
02 Nov 2022
02 Nov 2022
In our latest article, we look at 10 ways that HSC tutoring can be helpful for every unique student.
Whether you’re looking for some extra support on tricky topics or preparing for exams, high school tutors can bring out the best in every student. Tuition is no substitute for classroom learning but research shows that, as an extension of in-school learning, tutoring takes students further. Grades improve, study habits are formed, and students find their relationship with learning to be much more satisfactory.
With that in mind, let’s look at 10 ways that HSC tutoring can be helpful for every unique student.
The average classroom size in Australia is 24 students. That means that each student can only realistically expect 1/24th of the teacher’s attention when in class – something which can be difficult for students with different learning styles. For students that thrive on personal attention, it’s understandable that they may be left wanting more after each class.
Private or small-group tuition means the chance for students to ask questions, get instant personal feedback and form a closer relationship with the person teaching them. Like we said, it’s no substitute for the classroom but, for students who learn best with closer attention, it can make a valuable addition to their learning.
School is, understandably, rigid. Classes are on fixed schedules, exams are set in stone, and students have to physically attend school.
Tutoring, on the other hand, is entirely flexible. You get to choose times that work for you, around other plans. They can be in-person or online tutoring if it’s more convenient. Tutoring also doesn’t have to be consistent from week to week. Just want to study for exams with the help of a tutor? That’s fine. Want to revise your Maths Advanced classes one night per week? Perfect.
Classrooms have to move along at a regular pace. The curriculum needs to be taught, and students have to keep up. It means that, if a topic is troubling or a student needs to spend extra time to ‘get’ it, it can put them at a disadvantage.
Tutoring doesn’t run on the same principle. It can flow at the same rate as classroom learning – revising classes as they progress in school – but it can also be targeted, letting students work on a specific topic as long as they need. Targeted tutoring is also very effective when it comes to exams. Students can learn how best to approach exams, and drill down into the topics that will most likely come up.
When students are confident in their learning, they’re successful. It’s not just conjecture – studies show a positive correlation between feeling confident and successful learning outcomes.
Confidence can come from all sorts of areas, but it’s obvious to everyone who ever attended school that, if you’re struggling to understand the work, it’s tough to build confidence. One way in which tutoring helps students become more confident is by allowing students to get direct feedback. One-on-one and small group tuition means areas of difficulty can be addressed quickly with tutor assistance, and – importantly – success in learning can be instantly celebrated. Don’t underestimate the power of confidence when it comes to HSC success.
If we told you that classroom teachers were experts in their field, you wouldn’t be surprised – it’s taken for granted. But take a look at Accel iQ tutors, for example, and you’ll see a group of true experts. From real world industry experience to ex-high school teachers and even university professors, tutors are equipped with the expertise needed to help students learn.
As an extension of in-school learning, tutoring takes students further.”Nav Phokela
Learning at university isn’t the same as high school. Large classes are replaced by small groups in labs and tutorials, while a much higher importance is placed on student autonomy – the ability to learn and study by themselves.
The experience of tuition requires students to focus and learn away from fellow students, and it’s the perfect place to dip their toes into university life.
Homework: it’s the bane of a student’s life. For many students, studying alone and developing those good, self-sufficient study habits can be tough. Tuition provides structure outside the class environment, allowing students the chance to catch up, complete their assigned homework, and progress at a comfortable level without feeling like they’re doing it all themselves. Whether it’s several sessions per week or once per month, having structure outside the class can help with student development in high school and beyond.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that tuition is only for those that need a leg up – it’s actually helpful for students of all levels.
If you’re a student that needs to spend extra time going over one topic, reviewing the fundamentals, or learning at a different pace to the classroom, then tuition will be incredibly helpful. On the other hand, though, students that excel in the class can benefit from the advanced insights of a tutor. Exam techniques, deeper analysis of theory, advanced study habits and the ability to fully unpack topics can be fulfilling for bright students.
Parents, we hear your frustrations. It can be difficult to maintain a constant dialogue with teachers who have over 20 students in each class, particularly during the busy school year. With the personal touch of tutoring, parents are able to communicate easily and clearly, understanding where their child is doing well or needs improvement. Parents can also get insight into how their child studies best, whether they should consider further tuition, or whether some exam-specific sessions are needed. You don’t need to wait for parent-teacher interviews with tutors, and the insight is invaluable.
What’s the one thing that parents, teachers and students all look for? Grades. When those good grades come in, it indicates success. Every other benefit in the world could be considered but, in the end, we still want to see those good grades.
Studies show that students receiving close personal attention – such as that from tutors – demonstrate positive increases in overall grades. It’s likely, too, that a combination of the positives associated with tutoring (like tailored learning, tutor expertise, student confidence) contribute to grade increases. What we know for sure is, tutoring really does help boost the bottom line when it comes to grades.