Out of all the major decisions a parent has to make, deciding which tutor would better enhance their child's learning capabilities is very important. Although this is not an easy task, having some basic ground rules can be helpful.

1. Find out what subjects your child needs help in. Looking at your child's report card is an easy way to know what subject he/she is not working up to his/her potential. Also, don't hesitate to ask the teacher what skills is your child lacking to be getting the grade that your child is striving for. Having good communication with the teacher, lets the teacher know that the parent is working together with the child. If a student is behind, usually teachers will allow a proper catch up by assigning extra credit. Some teachers even have after school hours to instruct your child further. Some children seem to improve by getting the one on one instruction that comes with having a tutor.

2. Where do you find the right tutor for your child? That seems to be one of the hardest problems for the parent. The easiest way to find a tutor is by finding a credited institution that supply's tutors on demand for parents. You can be assured that it's the institution's goal of placing tutors with proper certifications in the hands of any parent who is looking for the right match. This site screens each tutor individually in order to verify the candidate would be reliable and safe for your child's needs. Also, the candidate must have experience, certifications, and skills to offer to your child. The most wonderful part is if you're not satisfied, you are under no obligation to continue with the same tutor. You can always pick another tutor of your choice. You can continue or stop at your own leisure. Never sign up with an institution that obligates you in any way for a contract period with one tutor which is non-transferable.

3. How to select the right candidate? There are many things to be thinking of before you start picking out the right choice.
a. Which kind of tutor do you need for your child? Does your child have special needs? Will any English tutor do or should the tutor hold certification in certain areas like reading, spelling, proofreading, or writing?
b. How far is the tutor from me? Is your tutor close enough to be on time or if running a little bit late would not be a problem? Knowing the distance is one solution in making sure your tutor is dependable instead of worrying if your child will be sitting and waiting for the lesson.
c. How qualified is the tutor for the subject your child needs? Any tutor must have proper skills. You can not think that a qualified experienced English tutor could provide the same set of skills if your child is needing help in math. A well rounded tutor is not a bad thing, but make sure your tutor is specialized in the subject for your child.
d. Realize experience is different than qualification. So many people confuse or combine the two virtues which should be purposely kept separate. You can have a tutor that is definitely qualified, but who hasn't had any dealings with serving the public. The other situation is where you have had a tutor who has lots of experience, but never any tutoring education. For your child, you should look for a tutor who is both experienced and qualified.

4. Pick up to four candidates before final selection. This is always a good rule of thumb. By picking four you will have inside satisfaction that you are not just taking a random chance of introduction with your child. Think ahead, that the tutor you select, your child will depend on to instruct and guide towards a better future. Write to each of them that you are interested in their services and let them know you are comparing them to others. Tell them of your child's problem and ask if selected what would a sample lesson be. Ask them how often would they suggest your child be tutored. Ask them if they are available to tutor for the length of time that your child needs. You want to make sure that the tutor will try to be there and not just leave after one or two lessons. If you get a fast, detailed response, this will inform you that they are interested and probably can supply proper knowledge to your child. Then email them that you would like to speak to them by phone. Having a good talk with the new tutor can be comforting to you before introducing him/her to your child. Be sure to throw at least one request to the tutor to see if the tutor is receptive in accommodating your needs as well if it would benefit your child or can the tutor be willing to give you an explanation of why right now wouldn't be the right time. By giving such a thorough review of the candidates, in the end will give you at least backup candidates,so you don't have to wear yourself out by having another fresh search.

5. Prepare how your child is going to study. After choosing the right candidate, think about where you would like the meeting to take place. Some parents who still are unsure if the candidate is right, like the first meeting to take place at the library. The library is monitored and you can see the interaction that is taking place between the tutor and student before taking the tutor to your home. If you are confident enough, then you can go by convenience. Maybe it is more convenient for you to have the tutor to meet in your home than the library. The trips of going to the library may tire out your child before the lesson begins. Can the teachings of the lessons be performed in a "silent please" area? Or can the library make accommodations for a private room to be used? The area in the home should be a place like the dining room table, away from the noise of a television or other children. It shouldn't be in the child's bedroom. It should be in a structured environment where computer or printing use can be made available. Working on a table at home will be easy for the child to adapt to know as a "learning area" like their own desk at school.

6. Are you ready for the first meeting! It's always nice to have a glass of water set for the tutor. But, remember, it is not necessary. The tutor may instruct you that having food/water around during a lesson may distract the child from learning. If the student starts getting up to get water or during a lesson stops to drink water may interrupt the child understanding of the lesson. Usually, it should be the tutor's judgment of whether the child really would need a drink or just is using it as an excuse to move around. An experienced tutor should be able to handle her classroom area. I would recommend that the parent requests that the first lesson be observed from afar. When a parent is there sitting at the same table, it may get the reaction from the child of looking back and forth to the parent, trying to be assured that their response to the tutor is correct. Observing from afar, can give the child room to breathe as to say. A good tutor lets the child give an honest response, even if it is off the mark, and then steers the child to the best answer. As long as you are confident with thefirst visit then each lesson afterwards doesn't need to be monitored. This lets the tutor and student have a good bonding environment to enable better learning.

That's it! I hope you have found a little bit of information from my article that can help you with your search. I would like to invite you to learn more about me. I am a professional tutor in the Lilburn area. I have tutored for over 25 years in a variety of situations in the English field. I have tutored children, teenagers, college students, and adults. You are able to see my profile on this website. My accomplishments are many, I am proud to say. My students enjoy my teaching style and have always improved in their studies.


Hey, can I share this post on my tutor blog? I was going to write something like this, but you summed this up beautifully and I would love to share this with my students. -Lizzie


Zahra B.

Georgia Certified Elementary, Middle School Lang Arts and ESOL Teacher

100+ hours
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