This is a guest post by Robert Wilson.
Are you considering the possibility of hiring a home tutor to help your child cope with the pressures and demands of an increasingly competitive academic environment? Before you read through our list of the top five things you should look for in a home tutor, here are some questions you should answer for yourself:
- What are my child’s specific academic weaknesses?
- What exactly should the home tutor work on improving? (E.g. motivation to learn, mastering a specific subject, examination scores, etc.)
- What kind of personality best complements my child’s learning style?
- What is my budget for these home tutoring sessions?
- Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be better positioned to evaluate the suitability of potential home tutors. At this stage, you should look closely at the following five factors:
Different rates apply for tutors with differing qualifications. Experienced tutors with years of classroom teaching experience often command higher rates, as with tutors who have specialized in preparing students for specific examinations. Based on your budget and other factors, you should aim to hire a home tutor with the most competitive qualifications. If you are looking to hire a student tutor, look at their relevant academic performance in recent years.
Subject expertise only matters to a limited extent if there is no student-tutor chemistry between your child and your chosen home tutor. Arrange for a test session or two with your child to see the dynamics of their interactions. For example, your child may benefit from having an older or younger tutor, a male or female tutor, a more outgoing and friendly tutor, or a more stern and strict one. You ideally want a home tutor that inspires your child to learn and puts him or her at ease, but is also able to produce the concrete results that you are looking for.
A home tutor that lives nearby is more likely to be punctual, as well as being better positioned to accommodate last minute changes of plan.
A home tutor candidate may have excellent qualifications and a great personality, but can you be assured that he or she will consistently show up for scheduled lessons and dutifully oversee your child’s academic progress over a few months or years? The best way to check his or her reliability is to connect with the parents of previous students for feedback. You should also look at other cues, such as his or her punctuality and responsiveness to emails and calls.
5. Examples of Lesson Plans
As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. Ask your tutor for lesson plans from previous clients to see his or her dedication to teaching excellence over a period of time. If possible, discuss his or her lesson plans for your child after discussing the specificities involved.
With these tips in mind, we are confident that you will be better-positioned to screen potential candidates and find the best home tutor for your child.
Robert Wilson was born and raised in Malaysia. He is working as a blogger and Home Tutor for ChampionTutor. He’s hardworking, competent and trustworthy. His role within the company is to manage a team of Tutors. In his spare time, he loves to read, write and watch movies.