What You Should Look for In a Tutor
Apr 26, 2009 Tutoring/Home School 2674 Views
Review the Tutor's Qualifications
One of the first criteria that it's great to look for in a tutor is his or her qualifications. You want to know that the person has the credentials necessary to make a truly effective impact. It's important to be as specific as possible when checking credentials; you don't want to overlook any important questions that could potentially result in your dissatisfaction down the line. For instance, if your child is in 5th grade and needs help with geography, you're going to need a very different tutor than one who is qualified to teach 10th grade Algebra. And if you need your own tutor for college courses, you want to make sure the tutor is qualified for your level of education, and not just 3rd grade reading. Also, you want to make sure that your tutor can identify and feels comfortable with you or your child's learning style. And if there are any special learning disability needs that should be addressed, you want a tutor who knows how to address them.
Check Out the Tutor's Track Record
Another important factor to look at when deciding who to choose as a tutor is the track record. This is slightly different than looking at the qualifications, because you're now investigating the success rate. This might include how much higher students' test scores have risen after being tutored by them, how many students' classroom grades have improved, how much better has homework completion been, and most importantly, how many stellar surveys from students and parents does the tutor have to show off. The more stats and details the tutor has to offer recording progress, the better. So before you accept someone for the position, don't be shy about asking for information on their track record.
Find A Tutor Who Works with Your Child's Teacher
Of course, this scenario really only suits the tutor who will be working with your child, but it's good to find one who is equipped and prepared to keep in close contact with your child's teacher. Because the tutor will need to understand exactly what the teacher is trying to relay in class - and your child may not be able to communicate this well - it's good to have the tutor talk to the teacher. This way, he or she can understand how to foster academic growth in your child according to the teacher's wishes. There are probably a million other things ways to make sure you've found the right tutor. However, by taking the steps necessary to explore the tutors out there, you can make sure you're going to find the right one.