Currently, many parents are wondering which type of tutoring will be the most effective for their children. When I talk with parents, most believe that one-on-one or in-person tutoring is more effective. Little did they know that they were so wrong. Online group tutoring is much more effective!


The other day my 8-year-old son asked me to play a game called “Guess the Country.” The objective of this timed game, currently on YouTube, is to guess the name of the country 🌎 that a particular flag belongs to.

Huh, huh, I was in big trouble because I was only familiar with a few flags. For this game, there was a total of 50 flags. He got the first 20 correct and only 8 out of the 50 incorrect.

Throughout the game, even though I was obviously losing, 😂 I was beaming with admiration and feeling impressed!! I had no idea that he knew so many flags of the world. Even more impressive was when he started to tell me other informative facts about some of the countries. I was blown away, so I asked him how he knew those things about the countries. His response in a matter-of-fact tone was, “my online school.”

Right then and there, I told him that I would get him anything he wanted for having demonstrated his knowledge of information learnt in one of the Knyabi Innovative Learners online group classes. Luckily for me, he requested goalie gloves 🧤and candy.🍭

Now back to the point of group tutoring. Before we enroll students in any of our online group classes, they are tested and then grouped according to their age, academic level and ability. In other words, we do not group learners of varying abilities and academic competence. This is unlike other forms of group tutoring or the regular classroom setting where placement is based on one factor- AGE.

Based on the above, my son only learnt about the flags of the countries because he was in a class of like-minded learners performing at the same academic level. Thus, with our online teaching model, the teacher had one less challenge to worry about and could instead focus on making the lesson interactive, competitive and informative. FYI, you WILL NEVER find this type of teaching in the regular classroom environment, in-person teaching or one-on-one tutoring.
For one, within the regular classroom/ in-person setting, there are many things that teachers have to contend with. For example:

-A lot of time is spent attending to behavioural issues
-Class size
-Disciplining students
– Varying abilities of students
-Lack of student enthusiasm
– Lack of resources.

Should I continue? Let me instead talk about one-on-tutoring, which is even more detrimental to students’ academic health!

For this type of tutoring, students are:
-Unable to benefit or learn from other learners
-Less likely to benefit from improving their social and communicative skills
-More likely to become exhausted and suffer from mental fatigue as they are constantly interacting with the teacher
-More likely to be engaged in a monotonous teaching
-More likely to be dependent on the tutor and lose the motivation to work by themselves.

On the flip side, online group tutoring:
-helps to build a healthy competitive spirit and the urge to outdo others.
-Acts as added support for their peers
-Improves social skills
-Is more effective and cost-efficient
-Promotes collaboration and participation
-Promotes collaborative learning
-Builds and boosts learners’ self-confidence
-Allows students to help each other along the way as they can discuss and solve problems together, which further solidifies their understanding
-Allows students to share their ideas and perspectives to be able to shape and refine their arguments and understanding
-Facilitates the opportunity for students to see how other learners think and solve problems
-Builds close net groups that build camaraderie, which helps with better learning.
-Builds a healthy competitive spirit and the urge to outdo others.
-Helps students to become more focused and keener to learn
-Facilitates structured lessons

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By Tricia Smith 

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