Why face-to-face learning WORKS!

How many times has your child asked for help with online learning? From the age-old “they can’t hear me Mum” to the heartbreakingly honest declaration that they miss their friends. Going to online after face-to-face learning is a challenge.

Online learning filled a gaping hole left by an unprecedented global pandemic but…it has its flaws. As a result of online learning, children have expressed more and more feelings of loneliness. There is also a more frequent lack of communication skills in children. The desire from a lot of our parents is to kick start in-person tutoring and make online learning a thing of the past. To do this we here at Smart 11+ Tuition, think face-to-face learning should be brought back today to help your child learn more effectively!

But, what is face-to-face learning?

Face-to-face learning is a way to engage children in their studies by delivering material in person. It is a type of live session between instructor and students. It is also the most traditional type of instruction, combining methods such as presentation, discussion, interactivity and group work.

Here at Smart 11+ Tuition, we pride ourselves on exceptional face-to-face sessions which encourage engagement from pupils. If however, you are still in the situation where you cannot come to face-to-face session please see our Hints and Tips for online success.

Why is face-to-face learning effective?

Face-to-face learning ultimately encourages:

  • Dialogue
  • Involvement
  • Praise and recognition of Achievements.
  • Sharing experiences.

Not only can your child engage more with the material by seeing it physically, but the tutor can respond to your child’s needs within the session. This means that if your child is struggling with anything the likelihood is that the tutor will pick up on their body language or tone in class and address this there and then. The children will also have the opportunity to directly seek feedback from their tutor, discuss anything they don’t understand and access more information to gain a deeper understanding.

Headspace, which is a mindfulness site for children and adults have conducted a study on learning. They have found that children are five times more likely to successfully complete a course through face-to-face rather than online learning. As shown, hands on learning helps to build the connection between the child, the material, and the tutor.


People have also reported fewer distractions in the classroom. Although an unexpected point, parents have found that children get distracted with noise, toys and siblings at home. In a classroom, however, tutors encourage group discussion and stop disruptive behaviour from peers.

Is face-to-face learning for my child? 

If your child flourishes in group activities and bounces off other children then 100% YES.

If your child enjoys peer-to-peer activities, discussions, and group work then face-to-face is for you. When your child is in the classroom learning they will have access to more interactive activities.

Here at Smart 11+ Tuition, we have found that face-to-face learning is more effective in children retaining information. However, we have found that digital online homework has also helped to reinforce some concepts studied in the classroom. We would therefore encourage a mix. There are benefits to online learning that can be utilised after a classroom session. Overall, it’s about understanding the child’s needs and we believe that face-to-face is effective in producing successful results and it has a proven track record.

If you are interested in inquiring about our face-to-face sessions please email learn@smart11plus.co.uk.