How to Choose a Tutor For Your Child

How to Choose a Tutor For Your Child

A good tutor can accelerate your child’s learning, helping them to catch up or to excel in a given subject. Tutor’s work 121 with students and are therefore not a cheap option. However, if used correctly they can give huge value and make a big difference in a child’s development.

This is how to choose a tutor for your child. First, ask your friends for recommendations, or look at tutor listing sites. Secondly, ask talk to 3 or 4 tutors to see how they communicate, tell them about your child and ask them about their relevant experience. Thirdly invite 2 or 3 to teach your child for 1 class. Finally, After the trial classes, discuss with your child and hire one of the tutors for a set amount of classes, with a clear goal to be reached.

Do you want to choose a tutor for your child? Follow these steps!

    1. Before you start – Make sure you know why you need a tutor.
    2. Discuss with your child – it’s important that your child gets a say and understands what is happening.
    3. Choosing the right tutor – Listen to recommendations and ask tutors lots of questions.
    4. Preparing for the lessons – Hiring a tutor is a big investment of time and money, so make the most of it!
    5. Communicate clearly – Always listen to the tutor’s opinions and concerns and clearly explain your own, this will go a long way to preventing problems.

Before You Start

Think why: Think why you need a tutor. Think of the exact goals that you wish to achieve. Example situations are when your child is behind in a subject or topic and they need to catch up. Also, when your child has an exam, assessment or performance to prepare for.

Discuss With Your Child

Regardless of the age of your child, discuss, discuss your intentions with them. Listen to their opinions, questions and ideas. You want your child to be excited about the opportunity. If your child is unsure or not positive about the opportunity, then ask them about the topic and area that they need help in. You can say something like “would you like help with your English grammar so that you get better marks in your homework and assessments?” this frames the opportunity as a positive.

Steps to Choose a Tutor for Your Child

Get recommendations – be careful with recommendations as other people will always have a different situation than yours. Think about exactly why a tutor is being recommended.

Look at tutoring platforms – These will have tutor profiles that you can browse. An important thing to note is how long a tutor has been working in your area or country. The longer the better. This is because it shows that they are settled in your location and also that they will have a better understanding of the local culture in terms of education.

Look at the teacher’s experience and qualifications, specifically check to see if potential tutors have worked with children that are your child’s age. Trial 2 or 3 tutors to see which one works best with your child.

Maximise the opportunity

Be clear about the goal – make sure that your tutor understands what you want. Ask them to give examples of similar students that they have worked with and how those students progressed.

Be clear about the ideal schedule – your child should have classes when they have the energy to learn. If the schedule doesn’t work then you will need to find another tutor.

Be clear about your child’s strengths and weaknesses – Be honest about what you think and what teachers at school are saying. You can also explain where your child lacks confidence too.

As a tutor and teacher, I always appreciate when parents are clear to me at the outset. This does a lot to minimise problems. By being clear, you will allow the tutor to design the ideal class structure and to think if they are ideally suited to the task.

Communicate clearly

Strategy – Ask the tutor what their strategy will be in the case of your child. How they can reach the learning goals and if the timeframe is realistic. It might also be worth asking for an outline plan for the first lesson.

Progress – Ask the tutor to provide regular updates, so that progress can be monitored. You can also ask what activities your child can do between lessons to help keep progress going.

Resolving issues – The best way to resolve any issues is to deal with them clearly as soon as possible. Don’t let things slide. If you have been clear with the tutor about their role and they are not delivering then refer back to the original discussions. For example, if the tutor promised to leave activities or homework and does not do that. Simply ask what happened.

Another common issue is timing, try to stick to the original schedule and avoid switching around. If your tutor is always late then perhaps suggest that the schedule be amended. They may have underestimated travel times. Clear communication and asking why can resolve many problems very easily.

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