Small group classes of 6 to 8 are the go-to format at Spark Math. This is not by accident. There are very compelling reasons why we chose to format our classes this way. We believe this gives our students and teachers the best chance to build positive relationships, foster engagement and greater achievement. Here are the top 3 major benefits of small group classes.
1. Peer Learning
Peer learning is a vital aspect of education many overlook. When a student watches or works with another student, it offers a valuable learning experience where the student learns a technique or understands a problem. Private 1-on-1 classes can never replicate peer learning opportunities offered by small group classes.
At Spark Math, there are ample opportunities for peer learning. Our programme uses gamified learning that allows students to interact in real time with other students using our specialised courseware. Our proprietary courseware combined with live virtual classrooms creates a close-knit space where students can learn by watching and interacting with their peers. Spark Math recognises students all learn in their own way and that sometimes they learn best by watching a friend.
Additionally, one of the best ways to learn something is by teaching it. Small group classes give students the unique chance to explain their thought processes to their peers in a conducive environment. Students get to apply what they have learnt while they hone their presentation and speaking skills at the same time. This solidifies new information they are learning and promotes confidence.
2. Increased Participation and Social Interaction
Students have more fun and more interaction when they have peers to share the experience. We’ve found students are much more likely to come out of their shells when they see other students having fun with Spark Math’s gamified lessons.
Small group classes give students the chance to practise teamwork and make new friends. Spark Math students connect from across the globe in a safe and fun atmosphere. These students can work together to overcome problems or have friendly competitions to push their skills to a new level.
3. Personalised Attention from the Teacher
Larger classes and traditional classrooms make it difficult for teachers to give each student personalised attention. Even now, the average form class size in MOE primary schools is rather huge at 33 students.
Small classes enable Spark Math’s expert teachers to give quality 1-on-1 assistance to each student. Small group classes are an ideal environment for teachers and students to connect with. With fewer students to keep track of, teachers quickly become familiar with their kids. This ensures that students get the adequate attention that they need for them to learn best. Teachers can then play to each student’s unique strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Small group classes are a “best of both worlds” experience. Students get the chance to interact, make friends, and learn from their peers. They can also get similar personalisation of a 1-on-1 style class but without losing the crucial social aspect of learning.
Get your child started with an incredible small group class on Spark Math today!
Spark Math‘s innovative online courses are for children from ages 3-11. Sign up for a trial class to let your child enjoy learning math in a small group class and get the personalised attention that they need!