When it comes to language acquisition, there are some big players that come to mind. Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics is perhaps the most well known. Another man that influenced the world of language learning is educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom.

In 1984, Bloom discovered the Two-Sigma Problem. Bloom set out wanting to discover how children learned best. He studied students in group settings and one-on-one tutoring. According to the study, students who received concentrated one-on-one attention performed 98% percent stronger than students in controlled group settings. Bloom saw his key factor influencing his findings: one-on-one tutoring is “too costly for most societies to bear on a large scale“.

Benjamin Blooms 2 Sigma Problem

Benjamin Blooms 2 Sigma Problem Comparison between Lecture, Mastery Learning and Individuals

Keep in mind that this was 1984. This was before the Internet and before the rise of computer technology that would change the world. Perhaps Bloom would have seen more potential had he known the technological advances that were coming.

Benjamin Blooms 2 Sigma Problem

Benjamin Bloom’s The 2 Sigma Problem

In today’s world of telecommunications, one-on-one educational tutoring isn’t just an ideal, it’s a reality. Bloom’s findings were just a beginning! Here are a few more proven benefits of one-on-one tutoring:

1. Learning with a controlled pace

Many of us remember the experience of sitting in High School language class either bored out of our minds or struggling to remember what words were feminine and masculine in French! One-on-one tutoring allows the student to go as fast or as slow as they need to fully grasp concepts.

2. Learning with a controlled focus

One-on-one tutoring allows for a controlled focus of data. Let’s say you need a few months of conversational Mandarin to solidify a business deal. Instead of enrolling in a course where the instructor sets the focus, you are working with a tutor to learn exactly what you need.

3. Learning with a controlled cost

A few years ago my husband took a college course to try and learn the Korean language. It took a significant amount of cash for him to achieve his goals and at the end of the class the cash was gone and he was done with language learning. Looking back, I wish we had chosen a live tutor. We would have gotten more for our money and been able to extend his language learning beyond a school semester.

If you are considering one-on-one tutoring for your language needs, hopefully Bloom’s theory adds a little bit of weight to the idea. Contact us to start language learning today with a proven method.

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