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Wow! Today's poll for all WyzAnt tutors was very simple: Are you a certified teacher- yes or no? To my surprise, only 30% are certified teachers. THIRTY PERCENT! Are you kidding? I am completely shocked by this low number. That means that 7 out of every 10 tutors located on this site have never stepped foot in a classroom. This certainly does not mean that the many tutors on WyzAnt are not good at what they do, and while it is true that teaching 25 kids in a classroom and consulting a student one-on-one are very different situations, teaching experience is nothing but a plus for you as a student when it comes to you finding a tutoring match for your needs. Let's be frank: private tutoring is not cheap, nor is it a decision to take lightly. You need to be sure when you make an investment into a private tutor that it is someone not only caring and hardworking but also experienced- and that, for most people's satisfaction, means certified.

If you're looking for a certified teacher, I am one of the tutors included in that 30% that are certified. Through the state of Texas I am certified to teach American Sign Language, Speech, Debate, and English as a Second Language. I also have private school experience in other areas such as Spanish, Elementary Education and many others. See my profile for more details. I'd love to ease your mind and help you learn! Looking for someone qualified? Look no further- we'll chat soon :)


Hi, Tracey, I would assert that at least 9 out of 10 tutors at WyzAnt have set foot in classrooms, as a student. Unless one was 100% homeschooled, one was educated in some sort of education system. As Todd C. correctly pointed out, many of the 70% you dismissed have worked in support roles or are pursuing their own teaching credentials and far too many people end up leaving high school concluding they could do a better job than many of the teachers they experienced. I will grant that they have no idea of just how much hard work the good teacher puts into their job, but I think they have a pretty good idea of how little work the poor teacher puts into theirs. While I will agree with you to the extent that I tend to give a slight nod to certified teachers over non-certified here at WyzAnt, there's no way that I'd agree to a blanket assertion that "higher degrees and certifications are beneficial", even though I have both. I've sat through far too many classes of abysmally poor teachers who weren't qualified to teach what they were certified to teach. In fact, some of the worst classes I ever experienced were at the hands of my education professors who one would think would deliver the best classes, no? I can't tell you how much business I get undoing the damage caused by certified teachers who don't know their stuff. So, why do I give a slight nod to the certified teacher?... because they've at least been exposed to proper pedagogy. That said, some of the best teacher's I've ever had were lay-experts who simply really knew their stuff and who were also naturals at teaching. I will agree with you that I’ve seen lots of questionable tutors on WyzAnt, certified and lay. The advice I give all my clients is to try me out for an hour with the assurance that WyzAnt will refund their first hour of tutoring if they don't like how I teach... I have yet to have a client ask for a refund or lose a client after the first hour. As the Buddha said... ~"Don't blindly believe what I say. Don't believe me because others convince you of my words. Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real," or as the Romans succinctly wrote, "Caveat emptor". For my money, I’d choose the “competent tutor” (irrespective of experience) over a tutor who merely claims to be merely “experienced”. Better still is the experience, competent tutor. Sincerely, - John H.