Choosing the Best Tutor For Your Child

August 26, 2014

While there’s still some time before the school year begins for most students, now is the perfect time to consider hiring a tutor if your child requires it. Researching and interviewing candidates now ensures that your child is academically prepared for the upcoming year. Additionally, you want to find a good tutor now, before the school year begins and schedules begin to fill.

At some point in their academic career, most students struggle with a topic or subject, be it chemistry, learning to read, SAT tests, history, or something else entirely. Not to mention, most students, even those who aren’t struggling badly can benefit from one-on-one review of a topic. But whatever the case, odds are there is someone in your area who can help your child succeed academically. It’s important to find someone who matches your criteria and suits your child’s needs. Here are some helpful tips for you to find the perfect match.

Figure out your budget. Private tutors can be expensive, depending on the subject area, years of experience, and where the lessons take place, among other things. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to spend, but you should expect most tutors to charge at least $25 per hour. Prices for online tutoring, or commercial learning centers like Sylvan may vary based on the program, but will likely run around $100 per week.  

Explore all of your options. Private, in-home tutoring? Small group lessons? Online step-by-step instruction? There are many different avenues to explore before signing your child up for anything. Think about how she learns, and what will be most effective to help her. What works for one child may not work for another.

Get referrals. To help make sure that you’re hiring a qualified, well-educated person, ask your children’s teachers who they recommend. They may know of someone in your area who has proven results, or an older student who understood the material well and is willing to help. You can also ask parents of other children in the class if they know of anyone.

Communicate what you need. When you’re interviewing potential tutors, make sure they understand what you’re looking for. Some tutors are better at homework help, some are better at long-term lessons, and some are better at quick test preparation. See what your tutor is used to doing, and examine if that’s what your child needs. You and the tutor should discuss benchmarks or measures of success. Will it be the child’s grades? SAT scores? How much are each of you expecting, and how can it be achieved?

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