Ever heard of a Learning Gap? Is your student or someone you know falling behind in class? Then maybe you have. A learning gap could be the reason that the student you know is struggling in class, trying to grasp certain concepts and content. Sometimes it slips over students’ heads or sometimes they just don’t get how the perimeter of a shape can be measured. But perhaps there are other times where students are consistently struggling to comprehend what’s going on in the classroom.
Now, what is a learning gap? A learning gap can be explained as something troublesome, that can cause students to fall behind. It’s the difference between what a student is expected to learn at the stage and level of learning they are at, compared to what they have actually consumed and comprehended from the classroom.
Alright, but what causes a learning gap? Learning gaps come to light when students haven’t comprehended the foundation concepts of a subject, but the next concepts are being taught. Students might be trying to wrap their heads around the idea of addition, but in the midst of trying to understand that, the next topic of multiplication is already being taught. New topics are being taught on top of previous ones, not allowing for students to understand the first before the second is being taught.
So, how do we go about closing these learning gaps? Well, our response is one-on-one tuition. A personal tutor is able to adjust and tailor their sessions to the student in front of them. Perhaps, they are even able to identify the learning gaps before anyone else or maybe before it’s even pointed out. Personalised education and instruction are pivotal in addressing these challenges and in enhancing a student’s confidence to combat them. These learning gaps, whether big or small in might, need to be analysed and targeted with a patient approach.
They might be tough to point out, but they’re important to point out. We all know students learn at different stages which is why they can be tough to pick. They might be small or hard to notice at the beginning but ensuring students’ academic gaps are approached with a patient, individualised method can be the recipe for a solution!