There are numerous reasons for you to seek the services of a tutor. For instance, your child may be interested in getting ahead in class. On the other hand, he or she may have fallen behind their class and you want them to catch up. One-on-one tutoring is a perfect solution to achieve either of these goals. When you decide to use a tutor, follow the following tips to help you make the right choice.
Find Out About The Tutor’s Training And Their Past Experience
First and foremost, it is important to note that all our tutors are BC Certified Teachers. This means that they have the requisite education and training to teach specific subjects. However, every tutor will come with small differences. As such, you should find out the level of knowledge that your prospective tutor has.
Additionally, you should find out whether they have tutored or taught before. You should find out whether the tutor is adept with the current curriculum. You should find out whether he or she is familiar with the textbooks that your child is using. Finally, there are teachers who have training in tutoring kids with special needs. If this aspect of your tutor’s capabilities is important, you should find out.
Find Out The Tutor’s Availability
Matters of schedule are important to consider. Importantly, you try as much as possible to schedule lessons for periods when your child is most willing to learn. With regards to frequency of lessons, it depends on the purpose of the lessons in the first place. If, for instance, the purpose of the lessons is practice and repetition, you should schedule a higher frequency of lessons. On the other hand, when the purpose of the lessons is to prepare for a test, you will need fewer lessons, say a single lesson.
Furthermore, in the case of a child with special needs, you will need a higher frequency of lessons. Orton Gillingham requires students to have tutoring lessons at least twice a week. Also note that tutors availability will change quite a lot and, therefore, you need to be flexible and many tutors will go an extra mile to accommodate your needs.
Find Out The Tutor’s Teaching Style
Considering that everyone is unique, you can be sure that every tutor will have their own teaching style and philosophy. As such, you need to work with a tutor who has a teaching style that works for your child. This is important as the relationship your child builds will last quite long. Additionally, any personality clash will impede the development of the child.
To this end, ask the tutor if they do prepare extra materials when needed. Find out whether they are familiar with textbooks your child is using. You can also run a trial run and ask for feedback from your child.
Communicate To Your Tutor About Your Child’s Learning Needs
For the best results, share with the tutor the goals of the lessons. Be open right from the start. If you need your child to prepare for exams or if your child is struggling to learn, make it known early enough so your tutor knows how to plan accordingly. If you do not mind, you can share your child’s teacher’s report with the tutor can get a better and fuller understanding of the current situation.
Find Out How The Tutor Monitors Progress
It is important to take stock of progress and there are many ways of keeping track of progress. Always discuss with the tutor after every lesson if possible. Alternatively, you can call the tutor or ask them to write an email report. If you need longer one-on-one reports, you can schedule appointments with the tutor. Finally, if you do not mind spending some more, you may have the tutor write a report on the topics discussed.