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How To Find A Good Tutor For Your Child

By Ava, published on 20/06/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Students > How to to Evaluate & Find A Quality Tutor?

Whether you want to find a tutor, are new to working with a tutor or have been working with a tutor for some time. The aim of your private tuition is to work together with your tutor to fundamentally reach some kind of goal, perhaps motivating the student to enjoy their education, raise their self-esteem or for a more specific purpose.

Higher engagement in the classroom, a better understanding of topics and increased scores on exams are all some of the attractive benefits that can be reached by hiring a tutor. Every child learns at their own pace, tutoring programs can channel your child’s raw talent, shaping and guiding it towards academic achievement, overall educational enrichment and more successful outcomes overall.

The best tutors will be specialised in a few topics and will be able to support your child towards academic success in a wide range of subjects. Such as Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Mathematics, Geography or English. Language tutors will be able to help with Latin, Mandarin or ESL English. They can also support you to prepare to GCSE exams, university, college or secondary entrance exams. Tutors can even teach you study skills, how to better communicate, confidence and how to change your mindset.

Whatever outcome you are looking for from your personal tuition, you will need to be clear about this with your tutor. This provides a beacon for the tutor to work towards, and it simultaneously gives you the opportunity to evaluate, if your tutor is on track to achieving your target of academic success

Online tutors often works in a chat room like environment Online tutoring is a great way to access tutors from around the world. Photo Source: Unsplash

Different Kinds Of Educational Support Available

Private tuition has become an increasingly popular option with lots of different kinds of tutoring available. You can choose from any of the following and can also adopt a blended approach using a mix of solutions as they suit your learning style.

  • Online tutoring is a great way to access tutors from around the world without it affecting your schedule too much. It usually has a cheaper per hour rate than 1 on 1 tutoring and can be very engaging. You have the benefit of being able to draw on the power of the internet and introduce this into your session. An online tutor often works in a chat room like environment using a webcam and a microphone to communicate. While tutoring online is a huge marketplace, its main drawback is that you must have a reliable internet connection and compatible Wi-Fi compatible devices.
  • Small group tutoring is like having a group study session where the tutor is the facilitator. It can use an informal curriculum and allow students to guide their own learning. Group study sessions can be beneficial especially when weaker and stronger student are paired together. This gives the weaker student guidance while allowing the stronger student to practice what they know. It’s a great place to share ideas on new topics, practice retention of taught subjects and raises further questions that may not have been thought of. This can be a very beneficial environment to help boost the self-esteem of less confident students. The main drawback is that it can be hard to measure the success of learner individually.
  • In person, one on one tutoring is an essential option in effectively meeting your outcomes, when you study with a private tutor they can easily assess your strengths and where it is that you are struggling. Since everyone learns in their own way, a tutor can also guide you at your own pace towards expertise on a topic, better study skills and achieving your ultimate goal. Meeting face to face allows you to get fast and practical help from a physical person. It can be very flexible and support with things not so easy to assess online such as writing skills. If you can locate a tutor in your neighbourhood it will be great to know that you have someone nearby that can help you when you need it. While private tutor rates may be more expensive per hour, it is also a very efficient way to guide you to reach your full potential and increase your confidence.
  • Peer tutoring in schools is the cheapest type of tutoring and is often completely free with the friend or classmate using it as an opportunity to revise their own knowledge. Working together towards the better understanding of a topic is a great way to increase your retention of what you have learnt at school. This can be very suitable for homework help and can fit a flexible schedule. They do not have to be a friend or even in your class. The only downside to this method is that when peers are generally are not experienced. They may not have the experience to help you to overcome your more challenging difficulties.

 Evaluating Tutoring Qualifications

With the rise in people requiring tutors, more people with specialist skills are offering their services as private tutors to meet that need. It has become easier to find a tutor, with thousands of tutors and tutoring services in your neighbourhood and around the world waiting to provide you with the support that you are looking for. But not all tutoring services are created equal, and many tutors do not have the required experience to lead you confidently to your successful outcome.

It is essential that you find the right tutor for your personal goals and requirements. No matter which tutor you choose make sure to follow these 3 tips to ensure quality and safety.

  1. You should check the academic qualifications of your tutor to make sure that they have the required knowledge and skill to teach the subject that you need support with.
  2. If the tutor is being hired to work with young or vulnerable people, they should have a recent Criminal Records Bureau check (CRB) available which shows a clean record.
  3. The tutor should have had some experience working with other students. You should be able to ask for references or testimonials from their past or current students or find out if you can contact the students directly for a chat.

Peer tutoring in schools is the cheapest type of tutoring Peer tutoring give students an opportunity to revise their own knowledge. Photo Source: Unsplash

6 Ideas To Help You Find A Qualified Tutor

So now you know what qualifications your tutor should have, if you are looking for help then let’s take a look some of the best ways to find a tutor.

  1. Testimonials and personal recommendations are a great way to find a high-quality tutor and this way you have already checked that they are right before you meet them. Ask other parents if they have a referral for a tutor that they have used or if they know of a suitable tutor.
  2. Ask at your child’s school for a certified teacher who may consider tutoring part time outside of the classroom or after school. Lots of tutors are actually full-time school teachers; this is a brilliant way to find a qualified and experienced tutor. This could be a huge benefit if they already have an active rapport with your child.
  3. Searching on the internet for online tutoring solutions will return thousands of results. There are some fantastic options out there make sure that you do your due diligence with any companies that you like the look of. A tutor online still needs to have their references checked if they don’t work for a company who has done that already, also check reviews to make sure it is as good as it seems.
  4. Do some research online and offline for popular solutions for the topic that you would like help with. Forums, online notice boards like craigslist, educational websites and your local council can be an excellent source of information and resources.
  5. If you prefer a more traditional approach to tutoring, then tutoring agencies that provide 1 on 1 academic tutoring are plentiful, and they do their own due diligence so that you don’t have to.
  6. If you find that most of the options are out of your budget, why not ask a knowledgeable friend who has substantial experience to give you some support, or you could exchange skills with local parents, or even try home tutoring your child yourself. All of which are free but may take up a lot of time to arrange and may not be as structured as professional tutoring.

What Your Tutor Needs To Know To Succeed

When you have decided on a tutor to work with, it is essential to discuss what goals and outcomes you are looking for from your tutoring journey. Do you want to pass an exam, keep up with your classes, delve deeper into a topic or just get support because you are struggling? Whatever your reasons you have for seeking a private tutor. You can best help yourself by being entirely forthcoming with them about your ideas.

This allows your tutor to formulate a customised curriculum and plan of action based on your strengths and weaknesses, which they can then use in your sessions. This curriculum with a guide you toward your goals and showing your full potential on the subject.

Why Evaluate Your Tutor’s Tutoring Program

Evaluations are an essential process in your learning journey; they allow you to identify the target outcomes and goals that you are hoping to achieve. Then measure whether you are on the right track. Evaluations, when used correctly, can also be used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the curriculum but most importantly it should measure your progress and any identify issues so that you can get back on course.

Meeting face to face gives fast and practical help Since everyone learns in their own way. Photo Source: Unsplash

Ideas To Help You Evaluate Your Tutor

Schedule regular catch-ups with your tutor and ask them for some feedback on how things are going. The best way to do this will depend on availability but it should be given regular attention.

  1. Speak to your child and ask them how they feel about their private
  2. Ask the tutor to schedule an informal test for the child, so that you can measure progress.
  3. Ask to sit in on a session and observe your child’s comprehension.
  4. Ask to review the curriculum and how the child’s development is being measured against it.
  5. Review the national curriculum and check that your child is improving against its suggested outcome.
  6. Feedback to the tutor so that they can modify their teaching style should it be necessary.

Finding a tutor and making sure that they are the right tutor for your needs is paramount to achieving your maximum potential. All students have different learning needs, and all tutors have different ways of teaching. To find a tutor who has the right mix of knowledge, experience and creativity, is as vital as setting goals and evaluating your sessions. But once you have found the perfect mix, however, there will be no limitation to your achievement.

Good luck!

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