How to choose the right tutor
It is no secret that there is a strong relationship between success and education. We see it time and time again. That is because people with a full and varied education have a well-developed range of skills to apply to their life, the more you know, the more you can do.
We all know the best form of education is one on one. Where the student benefits from the complete attention of an individual who is skilled and well educated, this is where tutoring is immensely beneficial. Tutors are a fantastic resource to help educate today’s students in a world that is rapidly moving ahead. Tutors can offer a level of interaction and education on a personal level that is just not possible in modern-day schooling.
So, now that we know getting a tutor is a great idea, how do we choose the right one?
1. It is important to select a Tutor who has excellent teaching abilities.
In order to educate someone, an individual must have complete mastery over the subject; otherwise, they will be more of a hindrance than a help. It is beneficial to find a tutor associated with a business that assesses their tutors for you. You will pay a little more this way, but you will save a lot of time and energy.
This helps to avoid rogue tutors who claim to be more than they are.
2. Make sure the lessons are tailored to fit individual student needs.
The first thing you should check is, is the tutor’s teaching method.
Is it an individual and tailored approach? Or is it one size fits all?
The best form of education is one that is specifically tailored to fit the student’s needs. A customised approach should include regular informal assessments. This ensures the students are moving at a pace that is not only comfortable but also ensures they are gaining a solid knowledge of the subjects and skills they are learning within it.
Individual tutoring is the best way to achieve this, as it guarantees the student will get their tutors full and undivided attention for the duration of the lesson.
3. Find a tutoring business that is open and clear about who their tutors are and what they offer.
When looking into a tutoring business, ask some tough questions. The good news is, an excellent tutoring business will have access to all of these answers with very little effort on your part. Be wary of tutoring businesses or websites that are not open about who their tutors are, their level of education, and whether their employ or contract their workers.
Here are some questions you should ask:
-Do they have a minimum standard of education for their tutors? How can a tutor help anyone reach a high level of education if they haven’t reached it themselves?
-Do their Tutors to have background checks? Police checks and WWC Checks are essential, especially if this person is working with your children or in your home.
-Do they monitor their tutors to ensure they are delivering a high standard of tuition? A good tutoring business will have someone qualified to look over the lesson plans of all their tutors regularly, and they will allow the clients to have access to them upon request. A good tutoring company has nothing to hide.
-Do they employ or contract their tutors? This is important, places that contract out their tutors take no responsibility for the quality their tutors deliver. Their tutors are entirely independent of the business, which acts more like an agency that charges tutors and students a regular finder fee but does nothing more than link a student with a tutor and then take payment. Most of these places never even meet their tutors. If no one at the company tests their tutors, monitors them, or sets a minimum standard on who they work with, how can they ensure you a high-quality lesson?
Sure, tutors associated with a good tutoring business may cost a little more, but this is because their tutors are highly qualified, regularly assessed, go through rigorous investigation, and are at a standard you are not likely to find elsewhere. There are other costs associated with tutoring businesses that may factor into pricing, like insurances that protect both you and the Tutor, wages, travel, taxes, and lesson planning. When you find your tutor through a business like this, you can have the peace of mind knowing you have found the best tutor possible and the security of knowing a business has your back.
Written by Jessica Evergreen
Director and Founder of Evergreen Tutoring Services