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Your Complete Guide to Deciding Between Private or Group Learning

Your Complete Guide to Deciding Between Private or Group Learning
There is no set or standard rule regarding which is better when it comes to group or private learning. Whether you’re learning a language, new instrument, or any new skill, you have to know how you learn best. For some students, a private lesson may be better, and for other students a group setting may work. It also depends on what is being taught, what the students are expected to do, and if the student actually wants to learn.

This is what we’ll explore today, we hope it helps you make a sounder decision.

Advantages of group learning

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    • Group interaction is common in classrooms and such interaction may help improve a student’s motivation.
    • People in groups are able to support each other if a suitable atmosphere and environment are created.

    Disadvantages of group learning

    • More commitment is needed because it is very easy to slack off in a group setting.
    • The lessons go too slow for those that excel and too fast for those that struggle.
    • The student has to work his or her schedule around getting to class at the right time.
    • Just one disruptive element may slow the progress of everyone in the class.

    Advantages of private lessons

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      • People usually learn faster with private lessons. This may also lower the cost of the learning process overall.
      • Adaptive teaching is far easier when a student is one-on-one with a teacher.
      • Private lessons allow a student and teacher to concentrate on the student’s goals.

      Disadvantages of private lessons

      • Staying focused all the way through a lesson can feel difficult.
      • Private lessons can be a bigger investment.
      • Teachers and students with conflicting personalities may struggle, if you don’t find the right teacher.

      Group classes have worked for years in public schools where many of the students are forced into classrooms. It consists of having one instructor teaching a group of 10 to 30 students, which means you’ll need to share the attention of teachers with other students. As the saying goes, “you only learn as fast as the slowest student in the classroom”, so if you’re a motivated learner with the desire to learn fast, classes may be a frustrating experience.

      On the other hand, students can benefit by interacting and learning from each other in a group setting. It helps build confidence as they see other people both excel and struggle. The people they see struggling make the others feel better because they see how being “wrong” or getting it incorrect is nothing to be embarrassed about.

      There are hundreds of benefits to private lessons, and the main one is that you’re getting the full attention of a teacher, who can understand your needs, proficiency, and goals. Whether you’re a motivated student or not, having a private teacher will help you learn significantly faster, which is no different than getting better results with a personal trainer than a group fitness class.

      The good news is that gaining access to a private teacher can be less expensive than going through classes, especially if you’re learning a language online where you can work with teachers around the world. This is because schools have to deal with the overhead and staffing costs, which often means premium prices to make up for the premium costs they’re incurring.

      Which should you choose?

      There’s no right or wrong answer here. It comes down to what’s important for you and self-awareness on how you best learn. In terms of cost, classes and private lessons may not differ so much if you’re learning online.

      If you’re a self-motivated learner who thrives in group settings and love communicating with others, then group learning could be the best option for you.

      If you have a busy schedule and want the full accountability of having a personal teacher, then private lessons is the route to go.

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      Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

      Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

      Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

      I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

      The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

      People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

      I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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      “What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
      “What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
      “What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
      “What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

      After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

      One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

      If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

      Everything takes energy

      Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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      Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

      The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

      Find something that is worth doing

      Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

      When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

      I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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      When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

      It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

      Other excuses I often hear are:

      “But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
      “I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
      “At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
      “Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

      I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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      I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

      Conclusion

      Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

      Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

      Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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