5 Steps To Help Parents Find The Perfect Tutor
We are mid-way through the fall term – and parents and students are starting to get the first results back from papers and tests. So, it makes sense that this is a popular time for parents to start asking whether outside help from a tutor is needed. Going through that process can seem challenging, but these questions will put parents on the right path toward finding a tutor that can connect with their student.
1) What is your child’s learning style? All students learn differently, which is why it’s often difficult for teachers to structure lessons so that each student is able to fully comprehend topics in a classroom setting. Knowing whether your child is an auditory learner (learns best by listening), visual learner (learns best through sight), or a kinesthetic learner (learns best through experience) will help you understand which teaching style you need to look for in a tutor. Accurately matching your child’s learning preference with a tutor’s teaching style will improve the effectiveness of the tutoring relationship.
2) Is this likely to be a long-term or short-term tutoring engagement? Most tutors will tell you that it’s best to be proactive in diagnosing a learning comprehension issue in order to remedy the core area of confusion rather than taking reactionary measures after a problem already exists. Staying involved with your child’s studies and looking for early warning signs like poor homework grades, dependence on online help sites, or reliance on memorization rather than comprehension, will help you detect potential problem areas as they arise. When hiring a tutor for ongoing or weekly lessons, you and your child will be building relationships with the tutor that you will each need to be comfortable with. You will need to consider both your child’s and the tutor’s schedule to ensure consistent meetings can be maintained.
In some instances your child may only need one or two lessons to help master a specific topic or prepare for an important exam. In these cases, finding a tutor with targeted expertise in the subject matter may be the most critical factor to consider.
3) Are references and credentials easily available? While a tutor can explain his/her own credentials, an objective reference or affirmation of the tutor’s qualifications will provide reassurance in your decision to hire the tutor. Some online tutoring marketplaces, like WyzAnt.com, have compiled student reviews for you to read prior to making your decision.
4) Where will the tutoring take place? If you’re hiring a private tutor, chances are you will need to decide on a place to meet for lessons as opposed to meeting in a center or classroom setting. Decide whether you would like to have lessons in a private setting, such as your home, or in a public setting, like a public library of coffee shop. If you decide to have ongoing lessons in your home, you should consider meeting your tutor for the first time in a public location.
5) How will you gauge the impact and effectiveness of the tutoring? It’s important to set goals for the tutoring lessons and to clearly communicate those goals to your child and the tutor. In order for the tutoring to be effective, both the tutor and student need to be motivated throughout the process. Even if the goal is as basic as general concept comprehension or grade maintenance or improvement, clear goals and open communication with the child and the tutor will provide focus and direction to the lessons.