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Who Is Suitable For One-on-one Training

There are children for whom individual instruction will be more effective than group classes. This may be in cases where:

•  The child is ahead of their peers in development and learns the material faster than other children in the group. Then the teacher will work at an individual pace, adjusting to the child. With one-on-one training it is easier to correct the curriculum.
•  It's hard to absorb the material. Sometimes children don't understand something, and they are too shy to ask questions in group lessons. Thus problems in knowledge arise. During one-on-one training there is no one to be embarrassed and you can ask any questions.
•  The child is hyperactive. He or she is often distracted, cannot concentrate and moves a lot. It is difficult to hold the attention of a child with such a peculiarity, especially in a group. With one-on-one training, however, he or she works at a suitable pace and is not distracted by anything.
• Shyness gets in the way. The child may feel uncomfortable in the group, be shy of others and absorb the material worse because of this learn. Or he or she can know the answers to questions well, but is afraid to answer in front of everyone. It will be easier for such children to study one-on-one with the teacher.
•  The child wants to be a leader, but he or she is not good at it yet. If a son or daughter wants to be the first, answer the fastest and the best, if they are constantly pulling the teacher's attention to themselves, perhaps individualized instruction is the best option. All the teacher's attention will be devoted only to this child.
•  Slow children. It is possible to adjust to children with such features in group lessons. For example, give individual tasks or repeat what is said while playing. It is worth trying individual lessons to make the child feel confident and comfortable.
•  Children do sports and dancing. They may not have time for a group class, but individual classes can be held when it's convenient.
•  There are problems with learning motivation. In this case, with one-on-one training it will be easier for the teacher to interest the child. For example, if a student likes music, the teacher can analyze the lyrics of songs in order to learn the language.

We don’t say that one-on-one training is more effective than group classes – all situations are different. In group classes, children make new acquaintances, communicate with each other, practice the language, and learn to work as a team. That's why it's better to choose the form of education based on the interests and peculiarities of the child.