5 Undeniable Benefits of Face-to-Face Learning

In an increasingly digital age, we are seeing a shift in the addition of more technology within education. This alone is not a bad thing. In fact, technology can be a great asset to both student and teacher. The problem lies in the fact that tutoring and instruction in general is also becoming more digital with an increase in “distance” learning. Online learning and tutoring can have it’s place when used sparingly, but relying solely on distance learning comes with its disadvantages.

  • Physical Proximity

One of the greatest advantages of face-to-face learning is the physical proximity that comes with it. Tutors, teacher, and students all benefit from being close to the learning environment for many reasons. Among those reasons are the perks of having resources at your fingertips. Learning institutions are set up to have any and all resources needed there for those who may not have access or money to obtain them. In addition, being within a classroom setting encourages more engagement overall. Teachers and tutors have the ability to use their skills to see who is struggling and help them in real time rather than waiting to see what the quality of their work looks like.

  • Personal Parent/Educator Relationship

For younger students especially, parents should have some kind of relationship with their child’s tutor or teacher. The relationship formed allows the educator to convey concerns and also express victories and achievements. These are all very important factors that parents should have to help with their child’s success. Distance learning often cuts off the vital personal relationships needed for overall progress.

  • Hands on Approach

In conjunction with a parent/educator relationship, students need to have a great student/teacher relationship. Teacher’s need to have the opportunity to take a hands on approach. For instance, if an educator sees a student struggling, he or she can pull the student aside and provide one-on-one instruction to increase overall understanding of a topic. There is a certain intuition that educators have the is severely hindered by a computer screen.

  • Accountability

An additional advantage of face-to-face learning is the strong sense of accountability that is offered. Educators have more control over the pace of a lesson and can adjust things on the fly. Distance learning is often made in advance and there is no opportunity to slow things down and go in depth on a topic. Also, face-to-face learning demands a set time for meeting. Distance learning on the other hand requires a lot of student discipline to complete the assignments and grasp all the information within a lesson.

  • No Need for IT Knowledge

In every case of distance learning students and educators are at the mercy of technology. If there is an issue, students and educators need to troubleshoot on the fly in order to continue the lesson. If the problem can’t be resolved or students do not have the tools to do it themselves, the instruction for that day may be cut short and in that scenario everyone loses.