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What to Look for in a Tutor


With the school year already underway, you may be considering how to help your child improve on their school marks. Not all children share the same talents and for kids who may need a little extra help with their academics, tutors can be a blessing. Here are five tips to help you find the right tutor for your child. 

1. Speak to your child and teachers:
Teachers will often be able to provide clear insight into any problem areas your child may be facing with their subjects. This will allow you to know where to focus when looking for a tutor for any specific subjects required at the same time, you will need to speak to your child about hiring a tutor for them. Many children will be apprehensive to the idea of more hours spent on school work, especially in their afternoons. However, with a little encouragement and support, he or she may be more open to the idea and embrace the process as they improve their results. 

2. Consider priorities and timing:
Consider whether your child would benefit from one-on-one tutoring or if a tutoring centre may be more suitable. Understanding the learning style your child has and whether you can afford a private tutor will also have a bearing on your decision. You will need to look at when these sessions will be held, to determine if they fit into the family's schedule, as work and other after-school activities will need to be examined. 

3. Ask for recommendations:
Ask friends parents for recommendations on tutors, particularly with regard to the specific subjects they are struggling with. This will allow you to find a tutor who not only has good experience in their respective fields, but has made a good enough impression to be recommended to you. 

4. Check references:
Ask potential tutors for a list of references to ensure that they have really helped children improve their marks previously and have the patience required to work with children. You may want to look for a tutor who has taken extra courses or has a wealth of knowledge in the subject your child needs, such as a high-achieving high school or university student. Make sure to select a tutor whose reference list is filled with positive while also realistic feedback. 

5. Gauge the teaching style and personality:
Once you have narrowed down your list to one or two tutors, ask for a trial run with your child. At the end of the tutoring session, ask the tutor if they feel comfortable with your child's learning style and if they think their teaching style compliments it. You should also ask your child how they feel about the tutor to ensure they feel they could learn well from the tutor and there is a good fit between them. 

Whether you are a parent or a student, stress will come in many shapes and forms. Finding a tutor can take the pressure off of getting good grades and ensure a happier school life for your children with a great kick start to the school year ahead. 

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