How to Find the Perfect Tutor for Your Kids
Parents may seek the help of a tutor when their children are facing a wide variety of problems. Some students struggle to find the motivation and focus needed to study on their own. Others need help with finishing their homework assignments on time. Sometimes tutors are needed to guide students through difficult subject matter, while others are roped in to provide remedial sessions for students who are lagging behind the school curriculum.
Throwing money at a tutor may not necessarily solve the underlying problem. You should approach the process of hiring methodically to ensure that you actually get what you are paying for. Here’s a helpful step-by-step process to help you find the perfect tutor for your child:
- Sit down with your child to discuss his or her academic weaknesses and how to deal with them
It would be best to get your child to cooperate with the entire tutoring process so that he or she can have a greater sense of agency over the learning process. Before you start looking for a tutor, you should decide on the following areas of concern:
- Make a list of your child’s academic weaknesses and rank them according to importance
- Ask your child what qualities and personality attributes he or she looks for in a tutor
- Go through your child’s schedule to decide on the best time slots for tutoring sessions
- Discuss the logistics of these sessions (face-to-face sessions in your home; online sessions, a mixture, etc.)
- Allocate a budget for your these tutoring sessions
Once you have a clear picture of what you are looking for in a tutor, it will be easier to screen through a large number of possible candidates.
- Start looking for potential tutors
There are many ways for you to get in touch with suitable tutors for your child. Once you have a clear sense of what you are looking for, you can use the following avenues to create a longlist of potential tutors:
- Word of mouth. Ask other parents, teachers and counsellors to recommend any good tutors that they know
- Online platforms. Use websites that host a large number of tutor profiles to look for suitable tutors. With online tutoring, you do not need to worry about proximity (but you do have to take time differences into account).
- Job ads. You can also post a job advertisement online (and/or offline) to specify what you are looking for and attract a suitable candidate. Another option would be to look through tutor websites and marketing material.
- Narrow down your selection
After you have reached out to a few potential tutors, you can start shortlisting them based on (1) expertise; (2) price range; (3) availability. Good tutors may be difficult to secure during the examination season, so it would be best if you initiate the search process earlier. Do not be anxious or disappointed if some of your preferred candidates turn out to be unavailable or uninterested. There are many good tutors on the market who can help you achieve the same objectives.
- Make your final selection
If you have a few strong candidates who have reciprocated your interest, it might be worthwhile to arrange for a few (paid) test sessions to see which one is more compatible. Observe the dynamic between each tutor and your child to see if they are compatible. After the session, you should also get feedback from your child to see how comfortable he or she is with each tutor. Do note, however, that the candidate your child “likes” the most may not necessarily be the tutor who can produce the best results.
There may be countless candidates out there; you can make a major difference to your child’s learning journey by hiring the right one.
Author Bio: Robert Wilson was born and raised in Malaysia. He is working as a blogger for ChampionTutor- Which provides Best Tutors for children. He’s hardworking, competent and trustworthy. His role within the company is to manage a team of Tutors. In his spare time, he loves to read, write and watch movies.