It’s no secret that students depend heavily on private tutors to support them in learning a particular subject, assist them with homework or help them prepare for an exam. Private tutors can be highly influential in accessing different resources that may not be readily available students in school. But finding the right tutor for your child or for yourself can be the tough part. Here are a few of the most essential questions you must ask yourself before selecting a private tutor:
- Qualifications: The first part of the research in finding the perfect tutor is obviously qualifications. Ensure that the tutor you have selected has the right qualification in the right subject from a reputed institution. This should, more or less provide you with the information of the quality of the tutor’s knowledge of the particular subject.
- Previous Experiences: Find out where or who else the tutor has taught. Did a friend refer you to the tutor? If so, ask about their experience with that tutor. If there are students who are looking to provide tutoring classes, find out if they’ve recently attended similar examinations or classes. These student tutors can help other learners, as they have recent, first hand knowledge about the subject/exams.
- Syllabus: Speaking of examinations, find out what syllabi the tutor is acquainted with. Knowing this information can give you an idea of the amount of resource material and study material that the tutor may have. The tutor is also likely to have access to previous examination papers that the student can practice with, if the tutoring is exam based.
- Reviews: Do your research and find out how well reviewed the tutor is. Word of mouth is the best way to do so. Knowing personal experiences of other people who have attended classes with the same tutor will help you get the gist of how capable the tutor is. If this method is unavailable to you, then online reviews will help you. If it’s a website that provides information about all the available tutors, then the reviews are very likely to be trustworthy. There is always going to be one or two bad reviews but take the majority into account when assessing the tutor.
- Cost: Since tutors are in high demand these days, you’re likely to come across hiked up prices of the sessions. Before you sign up with one tutor find out the number of hours they take, the resources they have on them, the location where the tutoring will take place (if it’s too far don’t forget to calculate the extra cost of getting to and from the location) and compare it with all your other options. Make a pros and cons list before you finally settle for one.
- Connection: this step is often taken after you choose a tutor who you believe is right for you or for your child. When taking a lesson with a private tutor, comfort can be one of the most important aspects of a lesson. Some tutors can be excellent academically, but they do not know how to connect with their students, and that can affect the flow of a lesson and how you perceive information greatly. Always look for signs of compatibility, and make sure that the tutor is trying to personalize the experience according to your needs!
These steps are the basic ones you need to follow while looking for the perfect tutor who can aid and assist in the progress of your or your child’s learning. The best tutors encourage and enhance the students learning capability until they are employing their utmost potential.
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