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10 benefits of small class sizes

At EF Academy, a majority of our classes have an impressively low student-teacher ratio of 15:1. Small class sizes and an inspiring and highly qualified teaching faculty ensure that students get the absolute most out of their IGCSE, U.S. High School Diploma, IB Diploma or A-Level courses. Read on to find out about the benefits of a small class size and why we believe that it’s an integral part of a world-class education.

1. Each Student Gets Noticed

In a smaller class, it’s more difficult for students to hide and get left behind. Having fewer students means that each one can get the attention they need from their teacher. They are also encouraged to take part in discussions and driven to express their opinions.

2. Better Results

Research has shown that high school students in smaller classes have higher grades and perform better on their university entrance exams.

3. Learning is Enhanced

Not only do students learn more in small classes, but they also learn faster. And this means the class progresses through the course material more quickly. Their learning is enhanced by the confidence that students develop. They are encouraged to share their opinions and ask and answer questions, which also benefits their peers.

4. Teachers Can Teach

Teachers at the front of a small class have more opportunities to observe and assess the class as a whole and the students as individuals. Learning is further enhanced when teachers and students can interact spontaneously in the classroom.

5. Classes Become a Community

With fewer students per class, individuals can connect more closely with their peers and become more confident and comfortable when it comes to sharing their ideas and perspectives. These connections lead to lasting friendships. At an international school, students will respect and connect with peers who are from different cultures and countries – a skill that is very important in the globalized 21st century.

6. Opportunities to participate

Small groups mean fewer voices, which means the students those voices belong to have more chances to speak up in their class. They can apply the knowledge they’ve acquired as they participate in discussions.

7. Focus on Learning

In learning environments with a limited number of students, teachers can spend more time teaching the material and less time trying to regain the attention of those who are easily distracted. Teachers can also cater to students’ different learning styles and ensure that they stay engaged and understand what is being taught.

8. More Feedback

Teachers have more time to individualize their feedback, ensuring that each student understands the material, can get the help they need and can reach his or her potential.

9. Students and Teachers Can Work One-on-One

Students and teachers at EF Academy often work together one-on-one, which gives teachers the opportunity to customize instruction and guidance, and students receive their mentors’ undivided attention.

10. Ideas Are Shared

With fewer students in a class, there is more time for them to share their own ideas, express their opinions and describe their perspectives. They can really dive into where these ideas come from and enrich their international education abroad. Which means even shy students have the chance to embrace their ideas and share them with the peers.

 

Want to know more? Here’s some further reading on the benefits of small class sizes:
Why Small Class Sizes Work” by Robert Kennedy

The Importance of Class Size in the Middle and Upper Grades” by Class Size Matters

The Benefits of Smaller Classes” by Leonie Haimson

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