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Is Teaching One-to-One the Most Effective Way?

Is Teaching One-to-One the Most Effective Way? | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Why one-on-one teaching English becomes a trend? Because it is the best way to learn the language! There are many reasons why: it is convenient to both teacher and student in terms of time and location; student progress and development is not in rush - its juts in a perfect pace; the lessons are calibrated base on student’s needs; the teacher is solely focused on one student, and the teacher can be freely creative with the tasks and activities that the student will enjoy.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate John P. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.


First, it is convenient to both teacher and student in terms of time and location. Be it online teaching or tutorial at home, both are effective ways to learn the language. Especially on the part of the student to cater to the most suitable time. This is also the reason why online teaching is a trend now.

Progress and Results

Second, student’s progress and growth in the language are not in a rush. The teacher and student can take their time with the pacing of the lessons, not thinking about other students. Sometimes, students feel pressured with other students if they study in a group. But with one-one-one class, they don’t have to think about others and focus solely on their own language development.

group lesson

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Lesson Structure

Third, the lessons are well-calibrated on student’s interests and needs. Since it’s a one-on-one class, the lessons are based on the requirements of the student. The student is also more motivated to participate in discussions because there is no peer pressure and will be more confident in terms of speaking.

Student-Centered Approach

Fourth, the teacher is solely focused on one student. The teacher can have more knowledge about the student’s weaknesses and strengths and could work on them. Also, the teacher’s undivided attention will purely benefit the student because everything will be about one student. The student will also be more confident to discuss things or share things that cannot be shared in a group.

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More Freedom for Teachers

Lastly, the teacher can be more fun and creative with the activities. In group classes, each student has their own interests, so the possibility of some students who don’t want to participate, or the reluctant ones are very high. So sometimes, the teacher’s hands are tied when it comes to choosing activities. But when the class is one-on-one, the teacher can be creative enough to experiment activities based on what the student might find interested in. The student can also be open if he/she wants to change the activity without thinking about others.

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There are some benefits of studying in a group because it could be fun being around with people who also want to study the language. But if a student is considering a faster and more effective way of learning English, one-on-one learning is still the best. Sure it could be fun to do some activities with other people, but the quality of doing activities in one-on-one English learning is more promising. Its convenience, the quality of rapport that the student-teacher has, and the freedom to explore in learning the language are just a few of the reasons why one-on-one is the best way to learn English.

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