Updated: Aug 17
Tutoring has diversified with time and there are variety of tutoring styles according to the needs of the students. The most common types of the tutoring are in-home and the other is learning centers. Besides that, virtual tutoring has gained importance over the few years and students like to be involved in it. Every tutoring style has it's own advantages and disadvantages. Due to the pandemic the number of students involved in Virtual/In-home tutoring has increased as compared to learning centers. This is because virtual/In-home tutoring is the most comfortable one and students like the comfort of their screens and homes.
In-home and learning center tutoring has their own strengths and weaknesses we will discuss them one by one here.
The biggest advantage of In-home tutoring is customized learning according to the needs of the students. The students can select their desired teacher and learning platform which may include technology as well. In-home tutoring is all about individualized learning therefore, the focus is totally on the objectives and how to achieve the targeted goals. It helps the teach to focus on the students individually and modify learning if required.
This is one of the area in which home tutoring differs from the learning centers. Because In-home tutoring provides the luxury of attaining one instructional strategy and built curriculum according to the goals of that particular student. While in learning centers the teacher have to focus on the whole group and formulate such curriculum which is best fit for all. Alongside that, the teacher have to use several strategies to fulfill the needs of different students which may include special students as well.
The second factor which can be considered important is the level of convenience for the students, teachers and families. In-home tutoring is preferred by those families who have busy schedules therefore they are comfortable with their kids learning in the evening or weekends. Secondly, with student point of view they are also comfortable as the teacher has to come their home and teach them instead of students going to schools or tuition centers. Only the teacher may feel a little tired of In-home tutoring because everyday they have to travel some distance.
Keeping in view all these factors home tutoring has an edge over the learning centers and the main reason behind that is the convenience of the students and personalized learning. In this was the students are encouraged towards learning and their comfort level is high. On the other hand, I feel group or Learning centers provides the students an opportunity to communicate and collaborate with different students in the classroom. It helps in collaborative & communicative skills and the learning can be more engaging and interesting. To conclude, the dedication of the teacher and the students matter the most whether it is In-home or learning centers tutoring.