Tutor Doctor | Aug 16, 2013

How to Choose the Right Tutor for Your Student

Struggling academically or doing a little extra tutoring to bring up a grade point average is a natural part of growing up. Most students need a little extra help from time to time and getting a professional in-home tutor is the best choice for improving grades. One-on-one tutoring will mean that your student gets the all the help they need. There are so many benefits to tutoring, but you must find the right tutor to suit your student in order to for them to get the best out of the situation.

Benefits of tutors

  • Tutors are able to identify the gaps in your student’s knowledge and fill in the building blocks for them.
  • Tutors focus on teaching the skills your students need to excel, rather than just disseminating information.
  • Each student has a learning style. Tutors are able to identify the learning styles of each student and then present information in ways that your student understands.
  • The one-on-one tutoring gives your student the opportunity to answer without fear of embarrassment which helps them to build confidence and improves performance.
  • Tutors teach students study methods that work for them. They can help students to study for exams and tests, help with homework, help them to effectively manage their time and compile study schedules that leave enough time to study for each subject.
  • In-home tutors come to you and fit in with your schedule, so you aren’t inconvenienced.
  • Confidence gained through tutoring will help reduce the anxiety your student feels in academic situations.

Choosing the right tutor
Start by talking with your student and their teacher. This will help you to ascertain exactly what difficulties your student is having. Knowing exactly what the problem is will help you to find a tutor that is the right fit.

The success of a tutoring program depends on your student, so get their opinions and input so that they are part of the process.

Once you have established your student’s needs, contact your local Tutor Doctor for a list of tutors in your area. Ensure that the tutors have the right qualifications to teach your student. Ask about their experience levels and what experience they have with the grade your student is in and the kinds of problems they are having.

Work with your student, teachers and tutor to set very clear goals. Ensure that the academic goals are realistic and achievable.

If the tutor isn’t a good fit for your student, feel free to ask for a different tutor. Getting the right tutor will exponentially improve your student’s performance.

In-home tutors are able to give your student their undivided attention, but there are alternatives like extra classes which are given at the tutoring center, online courses or phone tutoring which reduce the costs of tutoring for families.