4 Things to Consider When Hiring a Tutor

Guest post by Katheryn Rivas

So you’ve decided that some additional outside help will help your child excel in his is her studies. While a tutor can most definitely help your child in this department, it’s important that you realize that not all tutors are the same—just like with clothes, you’re child’s tutor needs to be a perfect “fit.” That said, to learn which tutor is best for your child, below are some areas that you such touch on when interviewing the tutor-for-hire.

1. Expertise
This one is pretty much a doozie—the tutor has to specialize in the subject being taught. But being certified in a particular area isn’t all that matters—even a professor can be a lousy instructor and tutor. You need to see if the tutor has multi-ways of teaching to relate and adapt to your child’s specific way(s) of learning. Ask the tutor about his or her techniques. For example, what are his or her go-to methods? A great tutor should also be able to explain concepts not only in a direct, matter-of-fact way but also know how to “break it down” and speak in layman’s terms. Can the tutor you’re considering do that?

2. Success Rate
You also want to know how long your tutor has been in the business and how many students in your child’s specific age group has he or she taught? Also, how many of his or her students actually improved their grades? While the time frame for improvement will vary for each student, there is no harm in asking what was the average time it took for the tutor’s previous student(s) to make higher grades—after all tutoring can get pricey and it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into if it’ll take several months so you can prepare and get your finances together.

3. Accessibility
It’s equally important that your tutor makes him or herself easily reachable to your child—this is not to suggest that the tutor you are considering can’t have a life of his or her own, but if your child has a quick question, can he or she be reached via email? Cell phone? Or even social media? Or does the tutor have strict, rigid hours?

4. Good Connection
Last but certainly not least, it’s important that your child and the tutor have some sort of interaction before committing to a specific tutor. Children do better when they are taught by someone that they like and feel comfortable with. Without chemistry between the two, it can actually make things worse.
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This guest post is contributed by Katheryn Rivas, who writes on the topics of online university.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: katherynrivas87@gmail.com.

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