How to Find the Right Tutor for Your Child
To all of us, our kid is the next sensation in academia, just waiting for the right push to click open. But even the math prodigy might struggle in reading comprehensions so much so that it might risk him flunking. So what can you do?
Does Your Child Need a Tutor?
A lot of things can indicate that your child needs a tutor. Below are a few signs:
- Doesn’t like the school anymore.
- Difficulties in finishing homework.
- Incomplete learning (though might be difficult for you to find).
- Grades plummeting.
- Reports from school about missing assignments.
- Unable to keep up with rest of the class.
- Couldn’t get to the point what is being asked from them in the exams and as a result answers mostly beat around the bush
- Assignments start being incomplete and sometimes not even started.
- Very frustrated and low self-esteemed.
- Parents are baffled and don’t know how to help.
Different Types of Tutoring
There are many types of tutoring:
Where you can find tutors.
- Tutoring Centers
- Facebook marketplace
- Word of mouth
- School teachers
Questions to Ask the Tutor:
- Academic Qualifications.
- How much do you charge?
- Are there any hidden fees?
- What is the duration of the contract?
- Can you work sessions around my family’s schedule?
- Where does tutoring take place?
- What subjects do you offer?
- Do you teach in small group sessions or one-on-one?
- How often will I receive progress reports? Will they be written or verbal?
- What age do you tutor?
Cost of Hiring a Tutor.
This is just a rough estimate of private
tutor coming home for one-on-one session:
- Low (uni students) – $25-35 per hour
- Med ( teachers) – $ 30-50 per hour
- High ( specialists) – $ 80 + per hour
When it comes to cost, bear in mind that one-on-one tutoring may be more costly than group sessions and in-home tutoring more expensive than traveling to a center. For a full comparison, click here. And certainly online tutoring programs varies as per their experience, popularity, length of their business etc.
Points to Consider Before Deciding on a Tutor
Even before you think you will need a tutor for your child, talk with them about their general conditions in the studies. Before searching for a tutor, discuss it with your child to get his buy in. You should always be
positive. Let them realize that you know their strength. It’s only in their weaker points that you want to help – by hiring a tutor.
2. Getting the priorities right
Among so many options available out there, getting the priorities right and acting upon it is the most difficult
one. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in this case. You yourself have to decide.
3. One-on-one or group
When choosing a setting — either small group or one-on-one instructions — determine which the best fit is for your child. If you choose a group setting, find out the maximum number of students per class. Convenient location is important, too. Studies show that more frequent tutoring sessions yield greater results.
4. Tutor’s tutoring ability:
Some tutors know their subjects inside out but can be a total failure if they are told to teach it. Some are gifted explaining intricate theories even to six year olds. . But for the most, teaching requires perfection through practice for many years.
Llenado, an educational manager in Manilla who has trained several tutors for her chain of tutorial centers in Manila, has discovered that her best tutors are the ones who are not only knowledgeable but also those who can make learning quick and fun!
Hence, a math genius might not be able to shoot up your child’s grades of Geometry. He may have excellent understanding but he himself can be broken down before breaking down a complicated theory to a 14-year old.
It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Your children’s education requires a community where you and the tutor – be it a home tutor, a virtual figure from the online program or an expert from the tutoring agencies – are among other members. It would be best for your child if the teacher and the tutor set out towards shared goals and communicate time to time each other’s techniques working. But you are the one who knows your child best and should always be involved in the whole process. So it is of great importance that you get everybody – teacher, tutor, parents and the child – on board.
Things to Share with the Tutor
If you do decide to hire a tutor, speak with your child and provide the following information to the tutor so that he or she can understand your child’s needs better:
- About his feelings about the school
- School and teachers contact info
- How he feels about homework, study-loads, exam
- His feelings about the tutor
- Previous assignments, school work samples
- His favorite and least-favorite subjects
- Past exam records
- His idea about standardized tests
- How and when he gets his emotions boiling up
- Things that motivate him
- His aspirations
Now, after reading all the above, you may be thinking about how daunting can the simple task of finding a tutor can be. But isn’t it obvious that it’s worth all the effort to help our little ones? Isn’t this act of selfless love keeps the world moving?
This is a guest post by David Buhr of smiletutor.sg.