If you’re thinking about additional tutoring to help you do better on exam day, you’ll probably have explored a variety of options.
Before you draw up your shortlist, however, you need to make a fundamental decision: Should you opt for group learning or one-to-one tuition?
There’s a common misconception that one-to-one tuition is the best way to prepare for exams. The truth is that learning with a group of your peers, of similar ability, tends to be more effective.
Read on to discover why group learning will help you get a better grade.
- You’ll never feel as though you’re alone
Revising for your exams can be a very lonely experience. There’s a lot of pressure on students to perform, and if you opt for one-to-one tutoring, you may find that pressure intensified by the extensive personal attention. We’ve heard students compare it to being under a microscope.
Conversely, a group gives you a sense of camaraderie, as you and your peers will be experiencing the same things at the same time. In fact, according to Science Direct, social interaction establishes group cohesion, trust, respect and belonging.
In other words, learning with your peers provides you with a safe environment in which to get things wrong.
You’ll benefit from sharing knowledge and experiences
Having an engaging, dynamic mentor – who can tailor learning to your strengths and weaknesses – will certainly contribute to your success. Whether you pursue one-to-one or group tuition, it’s vital to have a tutor who adjusts your tutoring based on your strengths and weaknesses.
However, it’s also the case that students inspire other students. In fact, academic studies have shown that group discussions not only reduce anxiety but boost performance (Science Direct).
Genuine understanding doesn’t just come from being able to answer a question correctly. When you’re able to explain a concept to another student so they understand it too, you’ll know that you’ve thoroughly processed and comprehended it.
And that’s a fundamental reason that group learning works. Not only will you see a tangible improvement in your own performance. You’ll also gain the intangible satisfaction that comes from seeing your impact on a peer’s success.
It’s easier to motivate yourself if you’re surrounded by peers
Group learning isn’t about cutthroat competition: it’s about motivating each other to perform to the best of your abilities.
You’ll be motivated by your peers’ progress. Because everyone starts at a similar place and moves at a similar pace, you’ll be inspired by what you achieve together.
It’s like the difference between being on a team and exercising on your own. You do better when you’re part of a group working towards a common goal.
Group learning leads to greater academic achievement
Ultimately then, whether you’re trying to guarantee a top grade or to ensure a pass, a group learning environment will put you on the path to success.
Of course, other factors come into play. You need to ensure that you’re surrounded by peers of similar ability, for example, and that your mentor knows how to get the best out of everyone. The methodology and approach of your tutoring group is also vital.
Thus, if you’re looking to bask in your achievement come results day, group learning offers an effective, rewarding, tangible route to success.
Learn more about how we help students work together to achieve better results