tips for choosing a tutor

Your child may be falling behind at school and may need extra help. Or, your child may want to get ahead in class. One-to-one tutoring is a solution to help your child with school work. When choosing a tutor that is right for your child, you can consider the following tips:

  1. Ask about the tutor’s training and experience.

All of our tutors are BC Certified Teachers and all with have education that allows them to teach specific subjects. There may be, however, small differences between each tutor. You may want to ask if the tutor  is knowledgeable about the subject that he or she is tutoring, whether they have taught or tutored it before, and whether they know the current curriculum.  Find out if they are familiar with the textbook your child is using. Some tutors may have completed Special Education courses or have experience working with students with Learning Disabilities – if this is important to you make sure you ask about that.

  1. Ask about the tutor’s availability.

Schedule lessons at a time when the child is most ready to learn. The frequency of lessons depends on the purpose of the tutoring. Practice and repetition of concepts requires more frequency than a single lesson to prepare for a test. Special needs students may require tutoring more than once a week, for instance Orton Gillingham program requires the tutoring to happen at least twice a week. Please note that tutors’ availability constantly changes therefore try to be flexible and most tutors will try to accommodate you in the long term.

  1. Find out what the tutor’s teaching style is.

Each tutor has a unique teaching style and their own teaching philosophy. It may take a few lessons to build a rapport between tutor and student, but that relationship will last for a long time. Ask the tutor if he or she will prepare additional materials or if they are familiar with your child’s text book. Invite the tutor for a trial lesson and ask your child for a feedback – personality clashes with not help with the tutoring process.

  1. Speak with the tutor about your child’s learning needs.

Tell the tutor what your goals are for the tutoring sessions. Be fully open up front and inform the tutor if your child only need to prepare for a test or if your child is struggling to learn during math class. Sometime  Share reports from the classroom teacher with your child’s tutor so the tutor will be able to set goals and decide on objectives for the tutoring lessons.

  1. Ask how you can monitor your child’s progress.

You can ask your tutor how your child is doing in the tutoring sessions. For best information ensure you speak with the tutor directly after the lesson. You may also ask the tutor to call you another day or send a short email. For a longer discussion, you could set up an appointment with the tutor. You may also ask the tutor to write full reports on what topics were discussed and what has been achieved however this may result in additional charges.