Friday, January 6, 2017

Advantages of One-on-One Coaching for the IELTS Exam

Have you ever been taught by a good coach? If yes, you know that coaches can be great teachers as well as great friends. A coach does not only help you understand a difficult subject but also supports you so that you can be comfortable about your weaknesses.

The IELTS exam aims to assess a test taker’s English language proficiency. If you are from a non-English-speaking country with little to no usage of the language, speaking in front of people may be a challenge. This is one of the reasons why some people prefer to be taught alone than with others.

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Unlike the traditional classroom setting, instructors can easily adjust their teaching methods to suit their students’ needs. For instance,   JROOZ Review Center, an IELTS review center in the Philippines, provides individual assessment programs to its students to accurately evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

Here are the advantages of one-on-one coaching:

1.)    It encourages strategic learning methods.

Since you are the only student in an instructor’s class, it allows you to explore various learning techniques to improve your comprehension. For instance, you can jot down notes, perform a dialogue, role play, etc. In addition, if you are already familiar which type of learner are you, you can tell the instructor so he/she can prepare materials fit for your learning style. For instance, an IELTS review center in Baguio is learner-centered. Instructors modify their lessons based on their students’ needs and abilities.

2.)    It can effectively evaluate skills.

The close interaction between you and your coach allows him/her to assess your abilities accurately. Since you are the only student in class, you do not have to compete for the instructor’s attention.

3.)     It can easily determine your weaknesses.

The one-on-one setup allows the instructor to easily identify your weaknesses. Thus, he/she can address them right away and provide you with appropriate exercises that can help you improve or manage your weaknesses. Moreover, he/she may give you some advice to encourage and motivate you or some “tough love” to challenge you.

4.)    It sets a more achievable goal than a classroom setup.

An instructor’s primary goal is the students’ lesson comprehension. In a one-on-one setup, the instructor can easily determine what makes it hard for a student to understand a specific topic. Thus, he/she can devise ways to make the lesson easier, depending on the student’s learning style. Whereas in a classroom setup, it will be difficult for the instructor to modify his/her lessons depending on the learning style of the students since each student has a distinct learning style.

5.)    It is free from pressure and intimidation (from classmates).

A classroom setting can have too many distractions. Aside from this physical distraction, there is also a mental distraction—the pressure and intimidation from your classmates. Some people are really good, and their being good can intimidate you, especially if they can do better what you cannot do. Fortunately, you will not experience any of these situations in a one-on-one setup.

Overall, your journey in reviewing for the IELTS exam is more meaningful with the help of a coach since you are training with someone who believes in your potential. Moreover, you are training with someone who will not only help you succeed in the exam but also someone whom you know will be happy for you if you receive a high band score.

Most IELTS review centers in the Philippines offer one-on-one coaching. Take advantage of their services to improve your English language skills. For instance, an IELTS review center in Baguio prefers coaching students in a one-on-one setup as it allows them to speak their minds during sessions than in a classroom setup.


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