Private vs. Group Tutoring

We often get asked why we don’t offer larger courses in a classroom setting, and the answer is simple: it isn’t as effective. Our group sessions max out at 5 students, which allows the tutor to give each student individual attention (while still keeping prices low) — a feat that is nearly impossible in classrooms with 20-30 students present. Even better, our group sessions are cheaper than the competition’s large classes; since sessions are held in clients’ homes, there is no overhead for reserving classrooms on school or library campuses!

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Additionally, clients arrange their own groups and are able to schedule sessions at times that are convenient for everyone, which means students work alongside friends and/or classmates and can select session dates/times that work around their hectic schedules.

So Great Expectations College Prep offers two types of tutoring: private and group. But which to choose?

Simply put, group tutoring is the most cost effective way to get personalized attention. We ensure that our clients arrange groups in which students have similar abilities, thereby avoiding the unavoidable, pervasive problem of having to “teach to the lowest common denominator” in a large classroom setting.

Many clients who have chosen group tutoring have done so to prepare for Subject Tests or AP exams, and some even for covering the fundamentals of SAT/ACT preparation, but the majority use it to help students determine which test — the SAT or ACT — they are best suited for (see our High School Programs). Students are introduced to the basic rules, strategies, and concepts of both exams and can explore how each fits their individual strengths and weaknesses. Taking both tests without any introduction/preparation to determine which is the better fit yields little, if any, conclusive evidence; for instance, a lot of students bomb the ACT when they take it blind and therefore decide to focus on the SAT, when, in reality, if they had done even a few hours of introductory prep for the ACT, they would’ve known what to expect and done far better. Investigating both options helps ensure that students make informed decisions about which test to really focus their time on.

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Of course, private tutoring allows a student to jump right into a personalized curriculum in which the tutor focuses on his/her respective strengths and weaknesses. Our tutors will help students explore a variety of strategic options for a particular problem type, working to determine which functions best for them. The one-on-one environment ensures that tutors can spend time however the student wants without having to cater to the needs of other students.

A lot of our clients choose a combination of the two options: they start with group tutoring to cover the fundamentals at a lower cost, then they move into private tutoring to get the vital one-on-one guidance/assistance.

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