How do we determine the best tutor for your student?

The following information is what we use when we search for the best tutor to work with your child. These are the areas you should be considering as well.

Qualifications

Your tutor should be a college graduate who holds a valid teaching certificate or is someone with a college degree who has completed a tutor training program. A respectable training program outlines the basics of planning and designing effective lessons to meet a student’s needs. Graduate students with strong content knowledge can make effective tutors if they also have the skills to connect with the student. Tutors should present evidence that they have no criminal record, especially if you have the service delivered in your home.

Relationship building

This is critical to the success of the tutoring sessions. A tutor needs to be able to put your child at ease, encourage academic risks, be non-judgmental, and observant of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The tutor should also build a relationship with you by regularly updating you on the progress of your child.

Achievement

This is the goal of why you are paying for tutoring in the first place. A tutor needs to be able to demonstrate growth both academically and in the student’s attitude toward learning. Pre- and post-testing on standardized tests or school grades can be useful objective measures of progress. A good rule of thumb is that after about 10 hours of one-to-one tutoring you should be able to notice a tangible benefit from tutoring.

Communication

It is important that you, the parent, know how your money is being spent. A professional tutor will provide regular feedback on objectives for your child, session content, progress or lack thereof, and plans for future sessions during a time which is convenient for you.

Cost

Often a major factor in selecting a tutor is the cost. Costs vary depending on the area, the cost of travel for the tutor, and the subject and grade level of the student. Also, cost can be influenced by the use of different tutoring models. One-on-one tutoring is more expensive than small group tutoring. In-home tutoring will be more costly than traveling to a learning center. However, there are reasonably priced in-home tutors available, but you must learn something about their quality by seeking referrals or finding reviews.