Tutoring allows the student to learn more information and faster without the distraction of other students. The learning is focused precisely on the needs of the student at any given time. Students are able to illicit help, ask questions freely, and control the pace of the learning through the guided expertise of a qualified tutor. Every student has a unique learning style and one-on-one tutoring allows for incorporating the exact skills and knowledge needed in a highly personalized manner. Such attention allows the tutor to improve knowledge or skills far more rapidly than in a classroom setting.
A good tutor can adapt to the learning goals of nearly any student. For students who are struggling in traditional classrooms, tutoring can be an excellent way to build self-esteem and a desire to learn. Of course, in addition to these benefits, the tutor should be providing academic support and practice in the areas where the student most needs it. This way the skills improve along with the student's attitude.
On the other hand, tutors can be a great way to challenge students who are not being challenged in the traditional classroom. The great thing about tutors is they have the flexibility to incorporate a student's personal interests into the learning. In addition, tutors trying to challenge a successful student can make use of unique materials and situations in order to expand the student's experience and learning.
In both cases, however, student commitment is a vitally important element to success. If the student is uncomfortable and uninterested, the tutoring sessions will be far less effective. In the case of the struggling student, expect the tutor to be able to foster enthusiasm by giving the student opportunities to succeed. In the case of the student in need of challenge, capitalizing on personal interests is a great way to encourage the desire to do extra work.