Finding the right tutor for tutoring

How to Find the Right Tutor 

Finding the right tutor for your child can be challenging with so many online and in-person tutoring options available and tutors with different levels of experience and areas of expertise. There is also the cost, availability, and convenience to consider. 

It is also important to note that the Australian tutoring industry is unregulated (meaning that anyone can call themselves a tutor), and there are no agencies to oversee this. This in itself is a challenge and is why it’s even more important to be able to choose the right tutor for your child. 

Some of the important factors to consider when finding the right tutor include: 

What Help Does Your Child Need? What Are Their Goals? 

Talk to your child’s teacher(s) and ask them some important questions like: 

  • Does my child need help with homework or studying for exams? Or just general tutoring for the year? 
  • Does my child need help in any particular subject? 
  • What is my child’s learning style? (Visual, auditory, etc). 
  • Does my child have a good attention span? 

It is also important to sit down with your child and ask them some questions like: 

  • What do you want to improve in? 
  • What areas do you feel like you’re struggling with in particular?  
  • What are your goals for the school year?

Tutor’s Expertise and Experience 

If your child needs help with a particular subject, it makes sense to find a tutor who specialises in those areas. This is especially important with older students who have to study more advanced subjects (biology and chemistry, etc). 

Are the tutors passionate about what they’re teaching? Or are they just doing it for the money? This will have an impact on the way they tutor your child. You’ll want someone who is going to be passionate about the subjects they’re teaching because you know that they’ll give 100%. 

Also consider if the tutor has teaching experience with that particular subject, as you’ll know that they have experience with teaching multiple students, creating lesson plans, providing feedback (active teaching), and communicating with parents. This results in more effective tutoring for both the student and the tutor. 

Meet with Potential Tutors and Ask Them Questions 

If you have the time, consider meeting with a few different tutors, so you can be sure that you choose the best fit for your child. You will need to consider things like the costs associated with the tutoring, the hours they’re available, the experience they have and the tutoring methods they use. Also, find reviews or see if you can talk to past students and their parents and see what they have to say about the tutor. 

Ask the tutors some important questions including: 

  • What is your educational background? 
  • What teaching experience do you have? 
  • How many years have you been tutoring? 
  • What tutoring methods do you use? 
  • What are the costs associated with your tutoring service? 
  • Where do you do your tutoring? 
  • What hours are you available? 
  • Do you have a ‘Working with Children’ check? 

If possible, also get your child to sit down for a brief meeting with the potential tutors and see how they connect with them. 

Word of Mouth 

Relying on word of mouth can be incredibly valuable, especially when you know the person well and trust their judgment. This is often the most effective way of finding the right tutor for your child, and can even be faster than trying to search for one online. 

Affordability 

Tutors who have been hired through agencies tend to be a bit more expensive as tutoring agencies have to charge a premium to make a profit. When considering affordability, it needs to be based on the goals you and your child have. Once you determine this goal, you then have a better understanding of what tutoring supports your child’s needs. Is it material-based or routine-based? Then you consider the convenience of your child’s school or your home. Incorporating these factors makes it much easier to select a tutoring service that suits you. Monthly subscription-based service is often the easiest.

Online or In-Person Tutoring? 

Consider whether online or in-person tutoring will work best for your child and your schedule. 

The benefits of online tutoring include: 

  • Easy and convenient 
  • Don’t need to travel 
  • More flexible 
  • Faster 
  • Saves time and money 

The benefits of in-person tutoring include: 

  • One-on-one in-person interaction and feedback 
  • No distractions (don’t have to worry about technical issues, etc) 
  • The tutor can witness how your child learns firsthand 

At the end of the day, it really depends on what works best for your child; online tutoring is better for some students, while in-person works for others. 

Feedback 

Does the tutor frequently touch base with you and your child and give valuable feedback? This can add value to the whole tutoring process and ensures that you, your child and the tutor are all on the same page. Your child will feel more confident, have a support network in place, and will get more out of their tutoring experience. Feedback will also ensure that your child knows what they need to work on, and what they’re already doing well. 

Overall, although it can be stressful to find the right tutor for your child, the end result is definitely worth it. You want to choose a tutor who will get along well with your child and will help them feel more confident with learning and school. At the end of the day, you’re investing in your child’s future, and as every parent knows, that is the most important thing of all. Here’s some good advice on some activities to keep your children engaged while learning at home. 

At Eye Level Learning, we are a global education service provider that takes pride in helping students become critical thinkers and confident learners. We provide Maths and English programmes for self-directed learning. Contact us at 0439 358 588 or visit our website to find out more: https://www.eyelevellearning.com.au/ 

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