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What’s Better For Your Child: Private or Group Lessons?

What’s the right class for your child? With positives for both lessons types, it can be tough to choose which is best suited him/her. It’s obvious that no two children are exactly alike and that children have different personalities. This leads to different learning styles, making the ideal class differ child to child. Take a look at the features of individual lessons and group lessons to see which one would best cater to your child’s learning.

Private/Individual Lessons

Individual lessons offer great advantages for your child. Having the undivided attention of the instructor allows students to receive more feedback, which helps them get a better grasp of what they need to work on. Since no one else is learning alongside them, they can learn at their own pace. If they learn at an accelerated rate, they can breeze through without the instructor having to focus on anyone that may be falling behind. If they take a little longer to grasp a skill, they can take their time to learn it properly before moving on to the next step.

These lessons are particularly helpful for students that may have difficulty focusing in group settings. If they are easily distracted when accompanied by peers, individual lessons can help them focus on learning. Students in these classes are usually great at self-motivation. Since there are no other students to watch and push them along, a healthy relationship with their instructor and good internal motivation to succeed will help drive them to reach their goals.

Group Swimming Lessons

Group lessons are great for new students that may have apprehensions about getting into the water. Since there are two or more students, they are given breaks between swimming wherein the teacher then focuses on a different student. These short breaks are important for getting them to relax, gather their thoughts, and prepare for their next turn.

On top of the breaks, motivation from fellow students and friends can do wonders for fears. Rather than students focusing on their fear of the water, friends tend to provide a shift in perspective. This allows them to see the water as an environment for fun with friends— something most children will eventually face their fears to get.

Aside from facing their fears, being able to watch other students also gives them the chance to see swimming drills in action. Watching these can be especially beneficial for visual learners. Group lessons also provide the opportunity for children to develop social skills and build friendships with other students.

No kind of lessons is better than the other— it all depends on which lesson is more conducive for your child’s personality!


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