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How to Tutor a Billion Students: Zach Wissner-Gross at TEDxBeaconStreet (Transcript)

Zach Wissner-Gross

Zach Wissner-Gross – TRANSCRIPT

How many times have you been in lecture halls, like this one? Maybe this reminds you of some of you college classes or if you’re a little younger, this is what you have to look forward to, when you get to college, right? Hundreds of people, packed into one room, listening to one person give a lecture and in this case, that’s me. Have you ever been bored or confused during a lecture? What do you do when you’re confused during a lecture? You kind of sit there quietly, looking around, hoping that somebody else is just as confused as you are, and might slowly raise your hand, to ask a question, and then you stop and you realize, “Man, this is a stupid question, and if I ask this question I’m not wasting my own time, I’m wasting everybody else’s time.”

So, you pull your hand back down and you focus again on the lecture and you realize at that point that you’re completely lost. Right? Have you had that experience? I know, I have too. So, if you really want to learn something lectures are a really, really inefficient way to learn, and there is research to back that up. So, here is Benjamin Bloom and he was an educational researcher and back in the 80’s he found that, compared to other students, students who learn in lectures actually do two standard deviations worse than students who get individual, personalized attention. So, if you get a private tutor, that is basically saying you’ll go from being a C student to an A student.

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