Tutor Doctor | Jul 2, 2015

Best Tips for Choosing a Tutor

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Tutoring, K-12, K12, Homeschooling

If your child is struggling a little to keep up, or if you want to give them a boost to get to the head of the class, summer tutoring will not only give them the help they need, it also prevents the summer slide. During the summer, students can lose up to 30% of the math and reading gains they made over the previous year. Just a couple of hours a week can really make a difference, but how do you go about choosing a tutor that will really make a difference.

Learning Centers

There are many options to choose from, the first being a learning center. Here your child will attend a session in a classroom setting with other children. There are usually fewer children than in a school class and these options can be much cheaper.

There are drawbacks though as you have to drive your children there and then pick them up again. More importantly, a classroom setting is obviously not ideal for them, especially if they are struggling at school. They don’t get as much attention as they need and they may not be asking questions or speaking up when they don’t understand something for fear of being embarrassed.

Private Tutors

This is a good option if you want the tutor to come to your home or if you are looking for someone who lives in your area. They are usually cheaper than tutors from tutoring companies and are more flexible than learning centers.

Private tutors aren’t vetted so you don’t know if they are qualified or safe to have around your family. They may not be available when you need them and they can be unreliable too.

Tutor Doctor Tutors

We come to your home, at a time that is convenient for you, and teach your children in the comfort of your home. Our one-on-one tutors are vetted and have the experience they need to help your child.

The process starts with a free education consultation which will assess the needs and abilities of your child. We then search for the perfect tutor to suit your child’s needs and personality in a process we call the ‘magic match’.

Once your tutor has been found, they work with your child’s teacher to establish where they require assistance and how best to help. They don’t pile on more work, but work with your child’s curriculum and homework to find the missing building blocks and fill them in.

For most students, it’s their learning skills that need honing. That means that they need to work on their executive skills like organization, task initiation, concentration and memory, task prioritization etc. so that they can become accomplished independent learners.

Under our Academic Game Plan, we teach your child the executive skills they need to succeed in learning and in life. We help your child to set goals and then give them the individual attention they need to reach them.

Our caring tutors are there when your child needs them most and we even have a TD 24×7 online curriculum tool to help your child when they are studying for tests and exams.

After every session, your tutor will give you feedback on your child’s progress so you are always in the loop. Simply put; the Tutor Doctor difference is that we really care and are invested in seeing your children succeed.

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