A recent study by the University of Chicago and Northwestern has found that private, in-person tutors are the most effective way to learn. The study compared small groups of students in a learning center, students in a classroom and students that received private, one-on-one, in-home tutoring.
The study showed that mastery of a subject was found to occur in 20% of the students in a classroom setting, 65% in a group learning center setting, and 90% in the students who received private, one-on-one, in-home tutoring.
The study also showed that students who participated in private tutoring spent more time on learning tasks due to lack of distractions. The study showed that in a classroom setting students spent 65% of their time learning. Small group learning center (Sylvan, Huntington, etc…) tutoring students spent 75% of their time learning, while students who received private, in-home tutors, spent 90% or more of their time actively learning.