Is your child struggling in one or more subjects in school? Do you feel that it’s time for some structured after-school help? Then it might be time to hire a tutor.
These days, good tutors are fairly expensive. Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay $20 an hour or more for a tutoring session. And if your child needs serious help, you might have to pay for more than one session each week.
Since hiring a tutor can be a substantial investment, it’s important to take your time and make sure the tutor you hire is a great one. Here are a few steps you can use to choose a great tutor for your child.
Choosing a Great Tutor for Your Child
Find out exactly where your child needs help.
Some tutors set their rates according to the subject they will be teaching. For example, a tutor who works with both elementary and high school students may charge more for tutoring Trigonometry than for tutoring Language Arts. Find out which subjects and which levels your child needs help with and then begin shopping for a tutor.
Check the tutor’s qualifications.
Great tutors are highly qualified. Some have college degrees, which can certainly be helpful in assessing their skills. But an even more important qualification is the amount of experience the tutor has in each subject. A tutor who has just graduated college but has yet to tutor a student may not be as qualified as one who has not graduated college but has done private tutoring for 10 years.
Try a test session.
In general, reputable tutors do not require you to pay for a series of sessions at once. This means you can schedule one or two sessions and then see if the tutor is a good fit for your child. Sit in on the first session or at least sit nearby so you can overhear how the session is going. Afterward, ask your child how he or she feels about the information. If your child has a better understanding of the concept and enjoys the session, you may want to schedule additional sessions.
Do you use a tutor? Has doing so helped your child succeed in school? How did you hire a great tutor? Share your tips in the comments!