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Picking the Right Tutor

I think one of the biggest choices students have to make on WyzAnt is whether to hire the super-experienced, retired teacher, or the "newbie" tutor that is just starting their tutoring career. In order to decide, students need to ask themselves a couple questions. First, what subject do you need help with? Experienced tutors would be helpful for subjects like math, literature, and history because these concepts typically don't evolve and change, and they have lots of experience teaching students the new concepts. New tutors would be helpful for test prep and study skills because they have recent experience with both of these subjects. They just used them in college! The second question to ask is, which tutor is closest to my age? Social patterns show us that we tend to understand and get along better with people closer to our own age. If you're a nontraditional college student (25+), a more experienced tutor might be the good fit for you. On the other hand, if you're a traditional college student (17-24) then a new tutor is going to be the good fit for you. The last question you need to ask yourself is, what is my learning style? Do you like hands-on, relate-to-real-life-situations learning? Or do you like traditional lecture-style lessons? Your preference will determine the type of tutor you should hire. The experienced tutor, in this case a retired teacher, is typically going to use traditional lecture-style methods. The new tutor, often a new teacher, typically will use a hands-on, student-directed learning approach. This difference stems from the differing approach of teacher education programs then and now. Future teachers are now taught to be facilitators of learning, and to differentiate teaching practices to accommodate all learning styles.

Not every experienced teacher and every new tutor fall into the categories listed above. Every tutor, regardless of age, has a different approach and style to learning that work well some students and not so well for other students. The key is to find the right fit for you as a student because, after all, you are the one paying for it! And with WyzAnt's Perfect Fit Guarantee, you have the opportunity to find that perfect tutor before you pay for a lesson. So get out there, consider the questions mentioned above, and find that tutor that will help you succeed!

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Great question Donna! I was certified through my college's Learning Center. All of our tutors are certified nationally through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Tutors are required to undergo 10 hours of training before they can hold a session with a student. Different colleges may use different certification programs, but they all cover the same basic concepts of tutoring.