How To Choose A Private Tutor For Your Child
Choosing a professional to give your child private tuition is no easy task and requires detailed analysis and consideration of several factors. You need to be aware of your own child’s needs, learning style, abilities, aptitude as well as social quotient along with multiple considerations relating to the tutor’s personality, teaching style, efficiency, motivating power as well as qualifications, knowledge, and tutoring experience. Here are some important tips to consider before hiring someone to be your child’s private tutor.
While no one should judge a book by its cover, it definitely matters for a tutor who might be spending time with your child daily. After checking for regular red flags you want to zoom in on the tutor’s personality and volume of voice etc to make sure your child will be comfortable with him or her. No matter how qualified, never go for a tutor that inspires fear in the child or thinks it is suitable motivation for studying or completing tasks.
Ideally, the tutor should be soft-spoken, empathetic yet assertive but never a disciplinarian. Plenty of research shows that teachers that try to use fear or intimidation to teach students always damage the child’s mental health, make him or her a poor learner, and encourage anxiety, depression, and demotivation.
Qualifications, Experience, And Success Rate
Do a thorough research of the tutor’s reputation, contacting past employers wherever possible (you can drop them an email or text). While relevant qualifications are a definite necessity and experience is also a major plus, you don’t want to be too impressed just by these two considerations. Many tutors, while suitably qualified, are not actually effective in delivering that information or establishing a rapport with the student that would allow him or her to benefit from the extra lessons.
If possible do research on the success the tutor has been able to achieve with their previous or current students. For that reason, it might be a good idea to not hire someone from your country’s yellow pages but rather to opt for word of mouth recommendations either from teachers you know or parents.
The tutor’s preferred methodology is also an important consideration as well as how well they cooperate with other teachers and trainers in the child’s life. This is also greatly dependent on the subject/s that the tutor has been hired to teach, as some parents only get private tuition for subjects like math or languages for example.
Goals And Plans
‘A man with a plan’ is a wonderful saying. As a parent, you should apply it to your tutor and inquire about their lesson plans, methodology, and the goals they have set for the student followed by defined milestones and progress reports. Private tuition needs fixed goals perhaps a bit more than standard schooling because it is meant to improve upon certain weak areas or relies entirely on specific subjects.
Know what the tutor has in mind and other than interviewing them at length, seek to have regular weekly conversations with them to know how your child is getting along. Keeping the option of a trial period open is also helpful especially if your child does not take to strangers easily or if you want to try out a particular tutor’s teaching methodology.
The Online Way
During the first Covid year, online tutoring did become very popular and many parents now wonder whether or not it is the superior choice as far as private tuition is concerned. Online tutoring means you can log onto platforms that connect with some of the best professionals in the world all in the comfort of your home.
Flexible scheduling is another plus and the tutoring schedule will be easier to keep track of from any phone or laptop. Most online tutoring programs for different learning levels share a full inventory (complete with an orientation session) for potential students, they also have programs and quizzes to best decipher your child’s learning style and aptitude so they can assign the best-suited tutors to the task.
Like For Like
Tutoring is all about providing supplemental educational services and extra support so you want to choose according to your child’s specific needs. Some children only respond to activity-based learning, some may have undiagnosed learning disorders, some kids might be naturally reticent and unresponsive, some naturally absorb written information quickly. Having a thorough knowledge of your child and the way they learn and respond to different styles of teaching is imperative for you to make the right decision.