How To Choose The Right Tutor For Your Child - Dec '17

by Emily Jack ATA, from Kings Tutors

No child is the same, which means each child requires different things from a private tutor. This makes choosing the right one a difficult but important choice! Below is a list of things to consider to help you make the right decision.

1. What kind of help does your child need?
Some children may need help catching up on the national curriculum, or completing their homework. Others may be focused on preparing for upcoming examinations. It is important to choose a tutor who has the appropriate knowledge- if they have never taught students who are sitting the 11+, they may not know exactly what your child needs to learn in order to succeed. Some tutors may be specialists in a subject, whilst others have a broader range of expertise.

2. Tutor qualifications
It is important to check the tutor’s credentials, so look into their education, experience and references. If your child has special needs, your tutor should be trained in the appropriate techniques to address them.

3. Listen to recommendations
One of the most useful ways to judge the quality of a tutor is to read testimonials and reviews, or take notice of word of mouth recommendations from friends. However, it is important to remember that what works for one child might not work for your child and so you should always do your own research to find the best fit.

4. Where will the tutoring take place?
If you want your child to be tutored at home, then a local tutor who can travel to you is the best option. If this is not an option, then why not consider online tutoring? This is a convenient, flexible option that can fit into your child’s schedule.

5. What methods will be used?
How does your child learn best? If they learn visually and the tutor prefers teaching by repetition and talking, they may not be the best option. It is important that the tutor brings materials and offers feedback for each lesson, to ensure that you and your child are getting the most out of the arrangement. Keep in mind that it will probably take a few lessons for your child and the tutor to build a relationship.


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