Choosing the Right Tutor

What should you look for when choosing an academic tutor? Consider the following points as your guide: credentials, teaching experience as a tutor, an ability to effectively communicate, effectiveness in teaching multiple subjects or one subject of expertise. Photo: SLP 2015 students; photo release on file

There are many reasons for seeking educational support outside the regular school day. Your child may be having a difficult time with an academic subject or struggling in multiple areas at once. This requires intervention and progress monitoring throughout the year. Often times, homework just piles on making your child fall behind in turning in an assignment, and support is needed to keep up and catch up!

An experienced tutor can help your child get past the current struggle and assist in maintaining a more enjoyable academic year; plus it’s more fun to find your own learning pace. The right tutor assists in pinpointing the areas of concern and can continue to teach the skills needed in order to begin the year on track. It’s even possible to jump-start a subject or two during the long days of summer.

  • Research your tutor or tutoring company’s qualifications and ask about the subject areas tutors are qualified to instruct.
  • Ask about instruction and communication styles of your tutor and how your child is responding during each tutoring class.
  • Find the right tutor if the first one does not seem to be working out. The tutoring company should understand your concern and respond to better support.

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