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.
EACH STUDENT GETS NOTICED
In a smaller class, it’s more difficult for students to hide and get left behind. Fewer students means that each one gets attention from the teacher, and they are encouraged and pushed to take part and express their opinions.
Research has shown that high school students in smaller classes have higher grades and perform better on their university entrance exams.
LEARNING IS ENHANCED
Not only do students learn more in small classes, they also learn faster. And this means the class progresses through the course material more quickly. Their learning is enhanced by the confidence students develop to share their opinions and ask and answer questions, which also benefits their peers.
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.
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.
OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
Small groups mean fewer voices and that means the students those voices belong to have more chances to speak up in class. They can apply the knowledge they’ve acquired as they participate in discussions and express their opinions.
FOCUS ON LEARNING
In learning environments with a limited number of students, teachers can spend more time teaching the material and less time getting the attention of those who get distracted. Teachers can also cater to students’ different learning styles and ensure that they stay engaged and understand what is being taught.
Teachers have more time to individualize their feedback, ensuring that each student understands the material, gets the help he or she needs, and is reaching his or her potential.
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 instructors’ and mentors’ undivided attention.
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 and where these come from, all of which enrich their international education abroad.
– www.boardingschoolreview.org, “Why Small Class Sizes Work” by Robert Kennedy (March 2015)
– www.classsizematters.org, “The Importance of Class Size in the Middle and Upper Grades”
– www.classsizematters.org, “The Benefits of Smaller Classes” by Leonie Haimson (June 2010)