What is One-to-One Personalized Teaching?

From One-to-Many to One-to-One Teaching

Technology and the high speed Internet has opened up a myriad ways of imbibing knowledge and learning a new skill. However, the traditional methods of classroom learning remains the most popular due to its personal and physically interactive nature. Where our hands are tied, we are forced to turn to online teaching methods such as through skype or video courses, but these remain a last resort with most students, the most serious of whom still prefer hands on teaching and learning. There has never been anything in the history of teaching that is better than the guiding hand of a faculty that exists practically and in real time.

Since the last couple of years, one-to-one education is gaining immense popularity. Unlike conventional group classes, in one-to-one class, courses are specifically tailor-made for an individual participant, which are delivered on a one-to-one basis i.e. one faculty per student and per topic. This option becomes more meaningful and critical, when the training is related with typical subjects such as visual fine arts (i.e. drawing, sketching, painting and sculpturing etc.), where participant’s existing abilities are not homogeneous; and the best way to impart knowledge and new skills to the participant is by shown-n-tell in person.

Let us try to understand various pros and cons of one-to-one personalized teaching.

Advantages of one-to-one teaching methodology are –

  • ONE-TO-ONE ENGAGEMENT MODEL: A one-to-one session between faculty and student ensures that the full concentration of either is devoted to each other without the distraction of other students at different levels of abilities. The faculty and student are pressurized to achieve results because of a greater degree of responsibility. This entire close coupling ultimately leads a higher rate of success and minimum risks.
  • PERSONALIZED COURSE: One-on-one courses are tailor-made using flexible modules, so that course objectives are attained easily and quickly. As a result, the content can be derived 70% to 80% faster than in a group with hands on correction and exemplary guidance, with over 99% of success rate. This system reduces the chances of risks that naturally occur within heterogeneous groups such as mixed ability, group dynamics, early finishers, slow learner and late arrivals etc.
  • DELIVERY METHODOLOGY: It enables a personalized and flexible delivery methodology to suit the depth of topic and student’s existing abilities. To maximize the learning curve, courses are designed with right combination of structured, semi-structured and un-structured training, with required depth of knowledge for each topic. It reduces the efforts required to achieving efficacy and a better learning curve, with greater understanding and content retention.
  • FLEXIBLE CLASS TIMINGS: It works on the basis of mutually agreed, flexible timings for both the student and the faculty. Learning at self-pace is considered to be the most effective and efficient way of learning topics related with visual arts.
  • FOCUS ON CREATIVE ABILITIES: For the faculty, it is easy to harness creative abilities of the participant, which is different from replication (i.e. copy from reference picture) skills ensuring that by being present to guide him, the faculty encourages originality and out of the box thinking. Such one-to-one interactions may also help students explore their hidden skills too.

Disadvantage are far less but may be mentioned as a by-product –

  • LACK OF COMPETITION: The lack of competition and no group learning via collaboration may churn out limited perspectives and a laid-back attitude in a student.
  • HIGH LEVEL OF COMMITMENT: Sessions can be intense, physically and mentally exhausting, for both faculty and student. Because of the dynamic nature of content and its apt delivery, high expertise (i.e. combination of right domain knowledge and high level of teaching skills) is expected from faculty, and an equally dedicated and persistent application is expected from a student too.
  • EXPENSIVE: As compared to group class, one-to-one classes may appear to be an expensive option for casual students. But for serious students one-to-one class will turn out be less expensive option.


The primary objective of course is to quickly learn the identified subject with the right depth of knowledge. In order to realise this objective, consider an art institute, which has competitive faculty, and are offering one-to-one visual fine art class without compromising on the quality of imparting the knowledge to the students, who are pursuing visual fine arts. If you are a serious student and looking for value-for-money, consider one-to-one teaching and methodology, for specific topics related with visual art!


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About Author

Artist Surinder Shanker Anand

I live in Chandigarh – the City Beautiful, situated in Northern India at Shivalik foothills. Since childhood, I was blessed with innate artistic abilities. My artistic expressions are engaged with the subjects related to humans portrait and body dynamics, nature and spirituality. I like to sketch using pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, mixed media and digital tool such as Wacom Cintiq Pen/Tablet, CorelPainter, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Adobe Premier, 3Ds Max and ZBrush etc. to create digital artwork. Passion in visual arts lead me to start Shanky Studio, offering a wide range visual arts services such as personalized portraits, customized paintings, graphic design and one-to-one visual arts classes for the students aspiring for various design courses such as NID and NIFT. I have conducted visual arts & craft workshops for Elante Mall and The North Country Mall / VR Punjab and various schools in and around Chandigarh. Some of the activities were directly conducted by me for Marvel Worldwide Inc., Mattel Inc. (Barbie), Rovio Entertainment Ltd. (Angry Birds), Hamleys Toy, Hasbro Inc. (My Little Pony) and Cartoon Network (Dexter’s Laboratory). Shanky Studio is also engaged in various CSR activities such as such as free visual art class, visual art exhibition at no-profit and no-loss basis and free sessions design career counseling. By profession, I am software professional, having over 35 years of experience in the IT, primarily in Analysis/Design, Software Development, Delivery, Project Management and rest of the phases of SDLC. I have worked at on-site with American Express (TX, USA), Nekema Inc (NJ, USA), Premier Inc (NC, USA), Syntel Inc (MI, USA), Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd (Mohali, India) and Semiconductor Complex Ltd (Mohali, India); and managed various on-site/off-shore Global IT projects. I am Masters in Economics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, with Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.

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