Your child may excel at some subjects, but it’s natural for her to find others to be more difficult. Whether she’s failing in one class or simply requiring a refresher, hiring a tutor can provide an excellent opportunity for her to learn at her own pace and succeed for the future.
While deciding your child needs a tutor may initially be an easy decision, finding a good one who will work within her unique needs and provide an environment that is comfortable will help her get the most benefit.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right tutor for your child:
Ask for Recommendationsa
Speak to other parents and your child’s teachers to help narrow down a list of potential tutors. It’s a good idea to go with someone known within your community and who has worked with your child’s peers.
Once you have narrowed down potential tutors, inquire about their credentials. Ask about past experience, education and obtain references. You want to be sure the tutor you select is experienced and educated in the specific subject your child needs help with. You also want to check their references to ensure he or she has worked successfully with other students in your child’s situation, for example: learning challenges, procrastination issues, attention deficit disorder, etc.
Include your Child
Include your child in the decision-making process by having him sit in on interviews and encouraging him to participate in determining the best choice for his overall needs. This will help him be more open to accepting special assistance, rather than feeling he is being forced into tutoring. This can make him feel empowered because he’s taking responsibility for his future.
Request an Outline of the Tutoring Plan
Ask the tutors you have narrowed down for an outline of the tutoring plan. This will help you assess up front which plan will be best suited for your child. For example, if the work seems too rigid when your child is creative, that tutor may not be a good fit for your child.
Sit in on Some Sessions
Once you do select someone, set up some time to sit in on some sessions. You want to look for hands on learning and consistent interaction between your child and her tutor. You also want to see that the tutor is using strategies that your child understands.
Request Regular Reports
Be a part of the learning process by asking the tutor to provide you with regular reports outlining progress, what your child needs to improve and how you can assist at homework time. It’s important to see an improvement in your child’s grades and understanding of the subject within a few months of attending tutoring sessions.
Tutors are required for a variety of different reasons. Depending on your child’s specific needs, tutors can help your child increase their understanding of a subject and equip them with the “tools” to help him work more independently – tools that will help see him through his academic career. Finding the right tutor will not only benefit your child’s grades in a certain subject, but will increase their self-confidence.