Get the Most Out of Your Tutoring Experience

In remembering some suggestions from my teachers and professors, I thought I might submit the following, as it is my desire that my students get the most out of their tutoring experience. I believe that teachers and tutors provide a service that is beyond price, and I believe that it is a worthwhile investment on the part of the student, I think there is also a way to maximize what is obtained.

Here are my suggestions for getting the most from your tutoring experience:

1. If you find yourself completely overwhelmed by work and other commitments, think of reducing some of your load before seeking a tutor. Make sure you have time to spend with family, doing work things, working out, enjoying entertainment, and all, so that studies don’t take over your life. Plus, if stress is only going to serve to cloud your focus on your studies, you’ll just be wasting your money to hire a tutor.

2. If you find the subject to be especially difficult, often, you can audit the class. You still pay, but the grade does not affect your GPA. Please check the policy at your institution.

Another suggestion is to hire a tutor to go through concepts with you before you take the class. 

3. You might find hiring a tutor to introduce you to concepts before you get to them in class to be helpful. This can be effective, especially for more difficult concepts. Provide your tutor with your syllabus, to make this more effective.

4. Keep in mind that a tutor may not be able to help you cut your study time. It is recommended that you put in 2 hours of study for every hour of class time. I prefer to focus on the student’s understanding, as opposed to just helping the student memorize.

Some memory work is necessary, of course, but I think a tutor is there to ensure understanding and to help the student achieve a greater level of familiarity and comfort with the material being studied. This helps to alleviate test anxiety and reinforce the material in a way that rote memory work and a rush job of studying won’t do.


I've hired two different Vancouver tutors in a span of 12 months for my grade 7 son. I had to let them go because my child is not responding well. I know that he wants (and needs) the assistance, but I guess that the method the tutors used were just not right for him. I stumbled upon a tutoring service called and according to them, they use a special kind of teaching method. Does anyone here have previous experience with them, and if so, are their services worth paying for?
Hello, I am a Tutor. I am new to the tutoring agency. I want to know whether 1 hour of tutoring is more effective than 2 hours of tutoring in 1 tutoring session? I believe that 2 hours is effective because I am able to focus more on teaching and instruction without looking at the clock. The Parents told me that the Classroom teachers said that 2 hours can be overwhelming for Pre-K to Grade 8 and to break up to 1 hour of tutoring at 1 tutoring session. I see that the travel commute and weather climate as a factor. It is worth it to travel 2-3 hours for 1 hour of tutoring and bad weather.


Regina G.

Biotech Grad with Homeschool Experience, Math and Science Focus

1000+ hours
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